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May 2012

Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel Watch by Jaquet Droz

With the Grande Seconde Off-Centered Ivory Enamel, Jaquet Droz combines classic watchmaking tradition with the imagination that has become a house trademark. A milestone in the history of the Manufacture, the Grande Seconde features two dials that, intertwined, form the number eight, a house leitmotif.

One dial indicates the hours and minutes, the other tracks the passing of the sixty seconds in a minute. The size of the seconds hand and the incredible fineness of its profile evoke the myriad opportunities lying dormant in each passing minute. They are saluted by the elegance and graphic interest of this timepiece, whose dials and winding stem have been repositioned to give this watch a new look.

The decorative motif, an artistic interpretation of mechanical gears, sets off the ivory hue of the Grand Feu enamel and the radiance of the red gold case. Finally, the winding stem at four o’clock has always intrigued aficionados.