My love of aventurine inspired me to write about this particular limited edition version of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon – which unsurprisingly is known as the Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine ref. J013014270 (as you’ll see in a moment, a name that is a bit ironic). Limited to just 28 pieces, this is an interestingly decorative version of one of the most simple and elegant tourbillon watches available.
aBlogtoWatch first covered the Jaquet Droz Womens Replica Grande Second Tourbillon here, back in 2012. Rather than a 43mm wide case, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine is smaller, at 39mm wide. That makes it sort of “uni-sex,” although this style and size is popular in Asia, a region where Jaquet Droz is rather successful. So while the diamonds and mother-of-pearl are a bit feminine for some Western male tastes, I wouldn’t go ahead and assume that this is a woman’s watch. It is in fact marketed as a men’s model, I believe.
A larger show, positioned on the reduce portion of the dial, partially overlaps the hour and minutes display. It’s a essential stage of differentiation from other competing watches, bestowing a breathtaking individuality that’s pretty endearing. Nonetheless, a notable attribute of Jaquet Droz is that originality won’t necessitate garish design and style or unreadable dials. Anything is distinct but cohesive, with ease of read-off evident inside of the primary handful of nano-seconds of association. At the heart in the reduce dial display is an ivory disc which sits decrease compared to the surrounding dial surface. It attributes a date display which has a red-tipped gold hand pointing to your appropriate value. It’s the execution of the dial which is definitely exceptional. The contrasting depths on the dial supply a matchless, three dimensional high-quality delighting with its unique mien. Encircling the reduce dial display, Arabic numerals and also a black minute track collaborate that has a extended, slender Grande Seconde hand reminiscent of your company’s traditional pocket watches.
So let’s get the name part out of the way, since I tend to harp on nomenclature (as you probably already know). While this watch is clearly part of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde collection, it is mislabeled, as it does not have a “grand second” hand typical of the rest of the collection, but rather a juxtaposed dial, where the hour and minute hands are where the seconds hand would be. Where the hour and minute hands normally are on Grande Seconde models, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine has an exposed tourbillon – which doubles as a second indicator. I feel like I am repeating myself, since I essentially made the same remarks two years ago.
I’ve always liked the simplicity of the Grande Seconde Tourbillon, but the story is different here. What you get is a 39mm wide 18k white gold case decorated with diamonds on the bezel and lugs, along with more diamonds outlining the figure eight shape on the dial. The outer part of the face is aventurine, while the inner part is mother-of-pearl. While I am not typically a diamond watch sort of guy, I do think the overall composition of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine is rather beautiful.
I am hunting at my upcoming observe invest in and I have chose to get the new 2016 Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph in Rose Gold. What exactly are your thoughts on this timepiece? I’m in like with the new in-house movement, and even more classy styling. Also the truth that its not a Royal Oak or Nautilus, which every person and their dad appears to personal. The Overseas Chronograph in rose gold is surely an absolutely smashing on the lookout watch and I will have to be blunt, it’s a considerably far more fascinating observe to put on than either the Royal Oak Chronograph or even the Nautilus. You might have hit the nail squarely about the head; it has enhanced enormously in layout (a situation historical past, in fact, on how incremental changes can give an improvement out of all proportion for the degree of alteration) and it doesn’t have problems with the ubiquity with the Royal Oak or Nautilus.
Even though it remains according to the FP1150, Jaquet Droz chose to add its very own decoration, a somewhat different shape on the bridges in addition to a new rotor. The finishing is genuinely pleasant, with star-shaped Geneva stripes (starting in the center with the balance wheel), beveled angles within the bridges, and circular graining over the mainplate and bridges (both about the upper and decrease sides and on hidden elements). The 18k rose gold rotor exhibits a skeletonized form with excellent polished angles in addition to a good 3D engraving. Despite its fairly extraordinary diameter – 43mm – this watch won’t feel oversized. Combining the pleasant visual result of a massive dial as well as comfort on the curved lugs, this is definitely a superb size. However, is it the best size?
Aventurine is a beautiful semi-precious stone that is actually a form of quartz. It comes in a range of colors with most aventurine rocks being green. Having said that, in watches, I’ve only ever seen the deep blue form of the mineral. What makes aventurine special for me is that the deep blue forms of the mineral, when used as a background, offer the look of space. Space, as in the night sky. There are small shiny mineral inclusions in aventurine that sparkle like stars against the deep sky blue. When watches wish to have a background that looks like space, aventurine is often used.
Other examples of aventurine stone used in men’s watches are rare, but notable. We first covered Blu watches back in 2009 which made rich use of blue aventurine. More recently, the hit Midnight Planetarium watch by Van Cleef & Arpels also used aventurine as a starry watch face. As you can see, the quartz mineral works really well for that, and while it isn’t meant to look like space on the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Aventurine, it does make for an excellent frame for the time and tourbillon. More so, there is a piece of aventurine placed on the rotor, visible through the sapphire crystal caseback of the watch over the automatic movement.