Hands-On: The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time

In most actual respects, other than the double time zone complication, these are exemplary Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde watches. The watch comes in three variations; a dark onyx dial and steel case, an opaline dial and steel case, and finish dial and red-gold case. The movement is an automatic type, JD 2663H24, with a 65-hour power hold and a 28,800 vph train; it’s a pretty present day piece of apparatus, with a silicon balance spring and silicon switch. Except if you’re in the camp that immovably accepts silicon is heartless , the advantages of silicon in a travel watch – long haul rate stability, resistance to magnetism – make an exceptionally strong argument for their incorporation in this watch.

At 43 mm in diameter and 13.13 mm thick, these are quite enormous watches in the context of general present day inclinations, though the diameter functions admirably with the plan by and large – the first Grande Seconde plan, after all, was imagined for a pocket watch and I think it works better with a little more negative space than you’d get with, say, a 37 mm to 40 mm diameter. Nearby time is in the upper dial, and the hour hand can be set in one hour increments advances or in reverse. The lower, bigger dial is built around three concentric circles, appearing (from the outside in) the seconds, home time on a 24 hour scale, and the date; this likely would have looked a little swarmed on a more modest watch but here, you get all the information in a neat, amicable showcase without the dial looking too crowded.

Jaquet Droz watches are actually about the dial from a certain perspective (though it doesn’t hurt that when all is said in done their movements are a decent supporting cast) and as is typical for JD everything is finished with extreme attention to detail. Dials and hands of JD watches typically withstand extremely scrutiny and in case you’re fastidious about this sort of thing, JD has you covered. In terms of meticulousness Jaquet Droz helps me a lot to remember Rolex and Grand Seiko, indeed, which both devote a comparable degree of attention to detail to hands and dial furniture. With JD, notwithstanding, the effect is a little different – you sort of get the gem floating-in-the-emptiness-of-the-infinite effect you might get from taking a gander at Saturn interestingly through a ground-breaking telescope.

In fact, they almost appear to be too noteworthy outwardly for a practical travel watch; the red-gold model particularly is quite lavish. On the off chance that you dress for contrasts, though, shockingly you can get away with blending these with easygoing travel attire and setting what appears at first like a conventional watch against a less proper foundation appears to underscore the fundamental character of both, as fortunate contrasts can do.

Prices: $16,000 for the opaline dial and steel model; $17,500 for the onyx and steel model; $26,800 for the lacquer dial and red gold model. A rather dramatically measured travel watch that likewise turns out to be shockingly practical; particularly interesting in case you’re searching for a travel watch and want to steer clear of the many (and often slightly me-too) technically enhanced options.

Visit Jaquet Droz online to see every one of the three models, and more.