Despite living in a digital world with apps for almost every conceivable need, some things just don’t seem a great deal easier than before. Travelling is a perfect example – and we may be have virtual boarding passes on our smart phones now, and be able to check in online, but the chore of frequent travel does not feel any less arduous than it ever was. So thank goodness for the classic and uncomplicated approach used by Jaquet Droz in this lovely tribute to travel – the Grande Heure GMT.
Ideal for long-distance travellers who are often up in the air, this understated and elegant wristwatch is refreshingly simplistic in showing the time in two time zones at a glance. The crisp blued steel hand points out the second time zone in beautiful contrast to the Ivory Grand Feu enamel of the dial. The local time is displayed with 18-karat red gold hands.
This is timekeeping with clarity and ease and by also opting for an unconventional system of a single crown to adjust both hands, Jaquet Droz succeeds in making the Grande Heure GMT utter simplicity on your wrist. At the heart of the watch is a mechanical automatic Jaquet Droz 5N50.4 calibre with 28 jewels, a 68-hour power reserve and 22-karat white gold oscillating weight. And the strap – quite simply – a black alligator with hand-rolled edges and an 18-karat red gold buckle.