The Eclipse is one of the brand’s most iconic timepieces. This year, Jaquet Droz craftsmen in La Chaux-de-Fonds paired the moon phase complication, which displays the cycles of the night sky on the dial, with the perpetual calendar.
On the black or ivory-coloured grand feu enamel dial, two straight hands contrast sharply with the curves of two wavy hands, tipped with a crescent moon. The calendar information is easily read on several places on the dial: on the right is the current date, on the left is the day of the week. At 12 o’clock, a single-hand counter indicates the month with the leap year appearing discreetly in a small window.
At 6 o’clock, a black or ivory-coloured onyx index moves across the face of a golden moon, revealing, and then concealing it until its total eclipse. The whole spectacle unfolds on a night sky boasting eight stars, the watchmaker’s favourite number.
The Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Éclipse surprises with its innovative design and contemporary calendar display. The brilliant sparkle of the red gold hands, moon and stars creates a perfectly balanced contrast to the eternal solemnity of the dial in this exceptional timepiece worn with a black leather strap.
Source: December - January 2013/14 Magazine Issue