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The Watch Quote™ - March 29th, 2007
Originally from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Jaquet Droz was the first manufacture to set up shop in 1784 in Geneva, later appointed to furnish the courts of Europe and to the houses of Middle Empire nobility in China. For more than two centuries, it has demonstrated its mastery of traditional watchmaking techniques as well as contemporary creativity and technology. In keeping with its avant-garde spirit, Jaquet Droz is launching a new line, a Numerus Clausus limited edition of 88, offering five models with a "grand feu" enamelled dial in absolute black, including a Grande Seconde with a black ceramic case unveiled at Baselworld 2007. This timepiece will figure as a milestone in watchmaking history, proof that Jaquet Droz knows best how to solve the Beauty equation, an occult formula in which elegance and technical sophistication vie for the upper hand until they reach a perfect balance.
Throughout the ages, mankind has been fascinated with Black, which has always epitomized the mystery of time passing, the cycle of life and its immutable passage from Day to Night. Long reserved for princes, so rare that painters were obliged to do without, the colour black absorbs light like a confidant keeps a secret. Its codes call forth poetry from mystery… black can look seductive or cold, glamorous or authoritarian, timeless and always fascinating.
That is why Jaquet Droz decided to bring out a "grand feu" enamelled dial, one of its finest technical signatures, under the auspices of the colour Black. Its master dial-makers exert supreme control over the firing process, timing and raw materials, overcoming extraordinary technical difficulties to obtain these perfectly uniform disks in a true black. Not dark grey. Absolute Black.
Yves Saint Laurent once said: « There is no such thing as black, but there are different blacks ». The blacks of ebony, moonless nights, the god Krishna's dark complexion or onyx. Jaquet Droz lends its voice to all of these miraculous chromatic nuances. All of the brand’s codes play a role in showcasing this exceptional performance: white gold hands, precision self-winding double-barrel mechanical movements, 39 or 43mm 18-carat smooth-polished white gold case, secret signature, engraved crown, the numbering on each timepiece.