News December 2011

New Tourbillon

A technical and aesthetic challenge

The Watch Quote™ - December 19th, 2011



To truly appreciate the value of each passing instant, one must be able to measure it. True to a tradition of acclaimed technical excellence and aesthetic vision that spans three hundred years, Jaquet Droz presents two exclusive timepieces associating one of its most emblematic models – the Grande Seconde – with the tourbillion complication, a masterpiece of precision watchmaking.



Freeing the mechanical watch from the effects of gravity, the tourbillon confers outstanding reliability. Here, it comes enclosed in a white-gold case with a Côtes de Genève dial or a red-gold case with a Grand Feu enameled dial. Once again, Jaquet Droz pushes back the limits of the watchmaker's art by unveiling a tourbillon carriage crafted from sapphire crystal, an exceptional material, also used for the figure-8 shaped ring applied to the dial.

While sapphire crystal is an innovation, Grand Feu enameling draws on venerable tradition. After reviewing all of the creative options offered by the Grande Seconde, our master dial-makers decided to place the tourbillon at the very heart of the seconds subdial, off-centered at twelve o'clock.



The impact of this virtuoso feat of craftsmanship is heightened by the classical beauty of the hours and minutes subdial at six o'clock. The Roman numerals and the tapered, beautifully proportioned hands bespeak quiet elegance, a Jaquet Droz specialty. Striking a harmonious balance between cutting-edge technical performance and a taste for simplicity, these two timepieces not only feature a power reserve of 7 days, but also reveal their inner workings via a transparent case back, through which the movement and the new, personalized oscillating weight may be glimpsed.

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Jaquet Droz Tourbillon

Réf. : J013033200 - J013034240




Reference :J013033200
J013034240
Movement :aquet Droz 25JD, self-winding tourbillon movement, simple barrel, 18-carat red gold or white gold (with black onyx ) oscillating weight
Indications :Hours and minutes at 6 o'clock
Tourbillon frame and seconds at 12 o'clock
Jewelling :31 jewels
Power reserve :7 days
Frequency :21,600 v.p.h
Case :J013033200: 18-carat red gold
J013034240: 18-carat white gold
Diameter :Ø 43 mm
Serial number :Individual engraved on the case-back
Water resistance :To 3 bar (30 meters)
Dial :J013033200: Ivory Grand Feu enameled dial. Hand crafted
J013034240: Black matt Côtes de Genève, sapphire double ring
Hands :18-carat red gold or white gold hours and minutes
Seconds :in blued steel
Strap :Rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather strap
Buckle :18-carat red gold or white gold folding clasp

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