Jaquet Droz has launched the first ladies’ model from its popular Seconde SW Lady series. The new piece dubbed simply Jaquet Droz Seconde SW Lady is made in the collection’s recognizable layout with an oversized small seconds counter and the symbol of infinity on its face. Since it is a timepiece made for women, the La Chaux-De-Fonds watchmaker added a few appropriate feminine touches, such as a diamond-encrusted bezel, a mother-of-pearl dial and a purple colored wristlet. The newcomer runs on an automatic movement with extended power storage.
The Combination of Typical and Special Characteristics
The Grande Seconde SW series is a valued and sought-after series of Jaquet Droz which has been around since 2008. Eight years since its establishment, the Swiss watchmaker has created the premier feminine version of the watch. Apart from adding all of the appropriate accents and details that are meant to make the watch more appealing to women, Jaquet Droz Seconde SW Lady retains the distinctive traits of the series. Among them there is a round housing that features the characteristic design with a crown that has a rubber cast (the crown also sports the brand’s logo with twin stars). This time, the material of choice for the case is stainless steel, while the dimensions are the diameter of 41 mm and the thickness of 10.89 mm. The structure which is waterproof to 50 meters likewise includes sapphire crystals on both sides.
High-End Precious Stones and a Mineral Dial
The sparkly diamond-covered bezel of the piece is certainly among the touches that recommend the watch for a woman’s wrist. The fixed bezel is ridged and contains compartments filled with pairs of diamonds. There are 40 included gems altogether with the total weight of 0.86 carat. These precious stones feature IF to VVS clarity which stands for Internally Flawless and Very Very Slightly Included, two grades just beneath the top one called flawless. When it comes to color, they are also in the upper class since they are with D (top colorless) to G (top near colorless) grades. Finally, 40 diamonds on the fluted bezel are of full cut.
Another typical and immediately recognizable trait of the watches from the Grande Seconde SW series is the lay-out of the watch’s face. It includes off-centered dial for hours and minutes on the top section, as well as a larger small seconds counter beneath it (the feature after which the collection is named after all). Together, these two counters make the figure eight, or a symbol of infinity which the watchmaker likes to use in its designs. As for the choice of the material of the dial, it is both usual for the brand and adjusted to the feminine style of the model. Jaquet Droz likes and tends to use minerals for the creation of its dials (for example, this was also visible in Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Onyx Watch which we have covered recently). For this occasion, the brand selected delicate white mother-of-pearl as the material of choice. The dial also includes rings and plates made of white gold, Roman and Arabic numerals (used for on the top and bottom counters, respectively), as well as blued steel hands. Both hands and indices are treated with Super-Luminova for better legibility.
Automatic Caliber with a Silicon Balance Spring
The ladies’ newcomer with the reference number J029020270 runs on Caliber Jaquet Droz 2663A-S, a self-winding mechanical movement which was produced by sister company Manufacture Blancpain (both of the brands are owned by the Swatch Group). The caliber with 30 jewels works at the frequency of 28,800 vph and it includes a balance spring made of silicon that makes it resistant to magnetic fields, temperature shifts and corrosion. Thanks to its twin barrels, the supported caliber has the prolonged power reserve that lasts for 68 hours. The movement with ruthenium treatment and the Cotes the Geneve sunray-polished motif on its main-plate has its storage filled with a skeletonized rotor made of 18 K white gold. Among the decorations on the movement, one can likewise notice subtle engravings of twin stars and a cloverleaf which are both signature motifs of the La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaker.
Jaquet Droz Seconde SW Lady sports a powdered alligator leather strap in purple color which is connected to the case with hollowed lugs that reduce the weight and provide more comfortable wear. The strap locks with an ardillon buckle in stainless steel. There is still no official information regarding the price of the first ladies’ Grande Seconde SW model.