Jaquet Droz unveils the Grande seconde Dual time
Jaquet Droz used Baselworld 2016 to unveil the new Grande seconde Dual time, which the brand says resonates with the rhythm of the journeys made by Pierre Jaquet-droz in the 18th century.
the timepiece celebrates the magic in a two-beat tempo with a brand new mechanism and elegantly positioned second time zone.
Pierre Jaquet Droz, known as a worldly traveller in his day, undoubtedly wore a watch showing the time in the village of his birthplace, la Chaux-de-fonds, while he himself was in Peking (now Beijing) or Madrid. this notion of telling the time in two places at once would go on to become deeply rooted in the ethos of Jaquet Droz and is honored by several iconic models including the twelve Cities, which gives the time in 12 capitals with a single hand, the Grande Heure GMT and the time zones.
the piece is endowed with two off-centre dials, slightly overlapping to delineate a figure eight. a new movement was developed to create an upper dial displaying the local time and a lower seconds dial, off-centered at six o’clock, that doubles up with an hours and minutes dial giving the reference time.
the display starts with contrasting yet complementary indexes: roman numerals on the upper counter and arabic numerals on the lower. a further complication— the date—was also added, indicated by a red-tipped hand that exploits and enhances the recessed lower subdial in a delicate structuring of form.