REAL STEEL

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Ja­quet Droz has un­veiled new ref­er­ences of its Grande Se­conde Off-cen­tered watches in steel, for a more at­tain­able ver­sion of the same iconic de­sign

When it comes to watch cases, pre­cious met­als have al­ways been a wel­come op­tion; who can ar­gue against the warmth of red or yel­low gold, each with its own dis­tinc­tive flavour? Con­struct the case in good ol’ steel, how­ever, and the ma­te­rial costs of the watch plunges while its tech­ni­cal and de­sign de­tails re­main in­tact. For a man­u­fac­ture that’s seek­ing more broad-based ap­peal, it’s a very at­trac­tive op­tion, es­pe­cially given the neg­li­gi­ble costs as­so­ci­ated with main­tain­ing a few new ref­er­ences within a col­lec­tion. Ja­quet Droz has done ex­actly that with the Grande Se­conde Off-cen­tered watch this year, by in­tro­duc­ing two new vari­ants in steel.

The Baselworld re­lease of the Grande Se­conde Off-cen­tered time­piece fea­tures a slightly busier sil­ver opa­line dial, in con­trast to its sib­ling with an onyx dial, which was un­veiled a month be­fore. Aes­thet­i­cally, this makes it less aus­tere and ar­guably more ver­sa­tile, al­though the gen­eral de­sign de­tails re­main the same – com­pared to the Grande Se­conde col­lec­tion, move­ments in the watches here ap­pear to have been ro­tated within their cases by about 40 de­grees clock­wise. The crown is thus po­si­tioned at four o’clock, while the sub­di­als form­ing the fig­ure “8” are now off­set and asym­met­ric. This quirk in the sub-di­als’ po­si­tion­ing is matched by other minu­tiae, such as how the hour in­dexes are ren­dered in Ara­bic rather than Ro­man nu­mer­als where the two coun­ters over­lap.

On the tech­ni­cal front, the new ref­er­ences re­main iden­ti­cal to the rest of the col­lec­tion’s watches. A self-wind­ing move­ment pow­ers each Grande Se­conde Off-cen­tered time­piece, with two bar­rels to pro­vide a go­ing time of 68 hours to en­sure that the watch is still tick­ing even af­ter be­ing un­worn over the week­end. The bal­ance spring and pal­let fork of the move­ment are made of sil­i­con, and thus im­per­vi­ous to mag­netism and tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tions. For the lat­ter, fric­tion is also re­duced with the use of this ma­te­rial. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing Ja­quet Droz 2663A.P cal­i­bre with 68-hour power re­serve

CASE 43mm in steel, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 30m STRAP Black al­li­ga­tor with steel de­ploy­ant buckle PRICE $15,000

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