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Grande Seconde Dual Time

A Time to travel

The Watch Quote™ - October 5th, 2016



The Grande Seconde Dual Time keeps cadence with history, resonating with the rhythm of the journeys made by Pierre Jaquet-Droz in the 18th century. Here is a timepiece that celebrates the magic in a two-beat tempo with a brand new mechanism and elegantly positioned second time zone.



Pierre Jaquet Droz was a singular man. A Visionary entrepreneur, an inventor in an era profoundly influenced by the artistic and philosophical movements of the Age of Enlightenment, he was also a great traveler who frequently visited many royal courts of Europe. First watchmaker to trade with the Forbidden City, Pierre Jaquet-Droz embodies the promise of a "globalization before its day" under the sign of progress, beauty and distinction.


This spirit where curiosity, discovery and practical attention to detail go hand in hand has been anchored from its inception in the DNA of the brand with the twin stars. Several iconic models pay tribute to that spirit including the Twelve Cities, which gives the time in 12 capitals with a single hand, the Grande Heure GMT and the Time Zones.


In 2016, for the very first time, the brand has used the concept to inspire one of its most emblematic models: the Grande Seconde. Rejoicing in all the possibilities time presents, this historic piece is endowed with two off-center dials, slightly overlapping to delineate a figure eight, the brand’s tutelary number and a symbol of balance and infinity. A new movement was developed to create an upper dial displaying the local time and a lower seconds dial, off-centered at six o’clock, that doubles up with an hours and minutes dial giving the reference time. All this is accomplished without compromising the elegance of the slender seconds hand that makes a complete rotation for every minute. Remaining true to the aesthetic principles of the brand, the Jaquet Droz artisans conceived a classic, sophisticated display, starting with contrasting yet complementary indexes: Roman numerals on the upper counter and Arabic numerals on the lower. They also added a further complication - the date - indicated by a red-tipped hand that exploits and enhances the recessed lower subdial in a delicate structuring of form highly characteristic of Jaquet Droz. Such a choice is equally reflective of a desire to achieve improved readability. At Jaquet Droz, aesthetic concern always goes hand in hand with convenience and technical excellence. This is why the Grande Seconde Dual Time is fitted with a silicon escapement with unrivaled chronometric performance and unaffected by magnetic fields.


A timepiece conducive to nomadic reverie and faultlessly reliable, the Grande Seconde Dual Time comes in three 43 mm-diameter versions: an ivory Grand Feu enameled dial with a red gold case, and a silvery opaline or onyx dial with a stainless steel case. It is equipped with a 65-hour power reserve, securing its place as a modern-day classic for all those who appreciate Time in all its dimensions, both here and there, the better to seize the myriad opportunities offered by the present moment.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time
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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time Onyx

Ref.: J016030270




Case :Stainless steel
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Dial :Black onyx dial, 18-carat white gold applied rings
Diameter :Ø 43 mm
Height :13.13 mm
Water resistance :To 3 bar (30 meters)
Hands :Hours, minutes, seconds and date with rhodium treatment
Date with red varnished tip
Functions :Local hours and minutes indicators at 12 o’clock
Large seconds, pointer-type date and reference time at 6 o’clock
Movement :Jaquet Droz 2663H24 calibre
Self-winding mechanical movement
Silicon balance spring and pallet horns
Double barrel
Flat bridges
Heavy metal oscillating weight
Indications :Off-centered hours and minutes
Off-centered large seconds
Grande seconde décentrée
Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o'clock
Off-centered reference time at 6 o’clock
Jeweling :42 jewels
Power reserve :65 hours
Fréquence :28.800 v.p.h.
Strap :Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle :Stainless steel folding clasp

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time Silver

Ref.: J016030240




Case :Stainless steel
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Dial :Silver opaline dial
Diameter :Ø 43 mm
Height :13.13 mm
Water resistance :To 3 bar (30 meters)
Hands :Hours, minutes, seconds, date and second time zone hand in blued steel
Date with red varnished tip
Functions :Local hours and minutes indicators at 12 o’clock
Large seconds, pointer-type date and reference time at 6 o’clock
Movement :Jaquet Droz 2663H24 calibre
Self-winding mechanical movement
Silicon balance spring and pallet horns
Double barrel
Flat bridges
Heavy metal oscillating weight
Indications :Off-centered hours and minutes
Off-centered large seconds
Grande seconde décentrée
Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o'clock
Off-centered reference time at 6 o’clock
Jeweling :42 jewels
Power reserve :65 hours
Fréquence :28.800 v.p.h.
Strap :Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle :Stainless steel folding clasp

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time Émail Ivory Enamel

Ref.: J016033200




Case :18-carat red gold
Individual serial number engraved on the case-back
Dial :Ivory Grand Feu enamel dial, double level
Diameter :Ø 43 mm
Height :13.13 mm
Water resistance :To 3 bar (30 meters)
Hands :Hours, minutes, seconds and date in 18-carat red gold
Date with red varnished tip
Second time zone hand in blued steel
Functions :Local hours and minutes indicators at 12 o’clock
Large seconds, pointer-type date and reference time at 6 o’clock
Movement :Jaquet Droz 2663H24 calibre
Self-winding mechanical movement
Silicon balance spring and pallet horns
Double barrel
Flat bridges
Heavy metal oscillating weight
Indications :Off-centered hours and minutes
Off-centered large seconds
Grande seconde décentrée
Off-centered date display with hand at 6 o'clock
Off-centered reference time at 6 o’clock
Jeweling :42 jewels
Power reserve :65 hours
Fréquence :28.800 v.p.h.
Strap :Rolled-edge hand-made black alligator leather strap
Buckle :18-carat red gold ardillon buckle

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