With the new Grande Seconde Dual Time, Jaquet Droz shows that a dual time complication does not have to mean a busy dial. The new member of the Grande Seconde collection features the dial that comprises two off-center dials which slightly overlap to delineate a figure eight which is a symbol of infinity. Furthermore, it is the first time that the member of the Swatch Group adds a complication to this range.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time Watch is incredibly stylish, yet classical looking timepiece.
The upper sub-dial with Roman numerals (or without – depending on the model) displays the local time whilst the lower, larger sub-dial with Arabic numerals has triple duty. It serves as a seconds dial, date display and second-time-zone/GMT indicator. The latter uses a small blue hand pointing to blue Arabic numerals on a 24-hour scale. The seconds are displayed via the long, slender blue hand, while the exact date is shown via a red-tipped hand pointing to the 31-day scale.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time houses a newly developed automatic caliber 2663H24 self-winding movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and featuring a double barrel that delivers decent power reserve of 65 hours when fully wound. The new mechanism features automatic winding via Jaquet Droz’s familiar skeletonized rotor and an escapement made of silicon, which renders the movement almost impervious to the effects of magnetic fields.
The reverse side of the watch reveals a complex maze of mechanism elements which joined forces to provide high precision. From the rear, you can also see a gorgeous 18-karat red gold oscillating weight.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time is housed in an elegant, round case measuring 43mm in diameter. There are three variants available: an ivory Grand Feu enameled dial with a red gold case, and a silvery opaline or onyx dial with a stainless steel case. Each of them comes with a rolled-edge, hand-made alligator leather strap with a folding clasp crafted from the same material as the case. Whichever model you chose, the water resistance is the same – up to 30 meters (approximately 100 feet).
The steel model of the Grande Seconde Dual Time Watch with a silvered dial can be purchased for $16,000, while the steel-cased watch with an onyx dial is priced at $17,500. The most expensive variant is the rose-gold one with an ivory enamel dial that comes with the retail price of $26,800.