Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A bigger display, positioned on the lower portion in the dial, partially overlaps the hour and minutes display. It is a critical stage of differentiation from other competing watches, bestowing a breathtaking individuality which is very endearing. Even so, a notable attribute of Jaquet Droz 2653 Replica is the fact that originality won’t necessitate garish design and style or unreadable dials. Every thing is distinct but cohesive, with ease of read-off evident inside of the 1st number of nano-seconds of association. At the heart from the reduce dial show is an ivory disc which sits decrease than the surrounding dial surface. It features a date display using a red-tipped gold hand pointing to your related worth. It is the execution of your dial that’s genuinely exceptional. The contrasting depths of the dial deliver a matchless, 3 dimensional top quality delighting with its original mien. Encircling the reduce dial show, Arabic numerals in addition to a black minute track collaborate with a lengthy, slender Grande Seconde hand reminiscent from the company’s conventional pocket watches.

One of the newest Jaquet Droz Sw Chrono Replica Grande Seconde Tourbillon watches from the boutique Swiss watch maker (that is probably the smallest and most unique high-end brand under the Swatch Group umbrella) is this eight-piece limited edition reference J013033242 Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée you see here. I last covered another version of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon watch here in 2015. I get more into a technical discussion of the base watch in that article, but I’ll touch on the major points again here and focus on the paillonnée enamel technique used to decorate the dial.

You can see right here just how beautiful the execution of the enamel is. That is particularly hard to realize, particularly whenever you include the multiple depths to your combine. The huge seconds register and date register make up the bottom of your figure-eight motif and also the latter is countersunk only a small bit. The Roman numerals applied to the hours/minutes contrast nicely with all the a lot more informal Arabic numerals utilized beneath. All round, the dial utilizes lots of subtle contrasts to create a seem that is certainly harmonious but not devoid of stress.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What is important to mention is that over the last several years Jaquet Droz Lady Replica has invested rather heavily in not only bringing many of these artistic decorative techniques in-house (as opposed to using outside artists and craftspeople), but also in rediscovering lost techniques which were used in the past to create much of the beautiful enamel work on pocket watches and other items from a few hundred years ago.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It isn’t the case that someone can simply look at an antique pocket watch and immediately know how it was made. So much technique has been lost over the ages – even in those instances when the tools and even technical drawings are available. It might be the epitome of a first-world problem (or “Swiss dilemma,” as I call it), but there are people in the watch and luxury industry in general who dedicate much of their time and careers to learning how people made things in the past.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This search for lost techniques and processes to create art really began in the world of restoration. People needed to restore old art to look newer again, and in many instances there simply aren’t a lot of clues to go by. Autodidacts of the most brilliant caliber have been able to reinvent some amazing things. In the watch industry, where “old” is often the new “new,” the spirit of rediscovering the past is a deep part of the culture of many brands. Perhaps especially at companies like Jaquet Droz Vs Jlc Replica whose namesake died a few hundred years ago.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I referred to this new watch as appearing “familiar”. I really don’t make use of the phrase to indicate it lacks originality, really the contrary, this view attributes a great deal innovation. I describe this watch as getting a “reassuring familiarity”, similar to a favourite foods, a favored vacation location or a at ease pair of sneakers. It just feels correct, sitting completely at ease about the wrist. I have a profound like for this model and I suspect this can endure for several decades to come.
It is possible to see right here just how gorgeous the execution from the enamel is. This is extremely hard to attain, in particular after you add the numerous depths to your mix. The huge seconds register and date register make up the bottom in the figure-eight motif as well as latter is countersunk only a small bit. The Roman numerals used for the hours/minutes contrast very well using the a lot more informal Arabic numerals made use of beneath. All round, the dial utilizes tons of subtle contrasts to produce a seem which is harmonious but not without having tension.

Going back to the watch, the face that frames the figure eight-style dials is decorated with what they call a paillonnée enameling technique. Here we have a surface that is textured, painted, and then set with a series of solid gold “paillons” that together create an attractive geometric pattern. These small gold appliques are currently produced in-house by Jaquet Droz, as no one else apparently has the skills to make them any more. In all likelihood, traditional ones from the past were produced using a casting technique. Jaquet Droz even admits that some of their first modern paillonnée enameling watches use original paillons from the past which they were able to recover in various ways. Eventually, they needed to produce new ones and currently do so in-house in small batches.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I’ve personally visited Jaquet Droz’s small, albeit impressive “artistic technique” studio which looks like a combination between a research and development lab and an art restoration studio. Techniques and styles are tested to see about the best way of recreating this and other lost art which we can enjoy in new watches. It’s a lot of little details, but something worth knowing about when considering a watch priced at over $100,000. That is a lot of money, but there are certainly worse ways to spend it on a luxury timepiece.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On
Along with the dial, the movement will be the key novelty of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième Ivory Enamel. As component in the Swatch Group, Jaquet Droz can depend upon a high-standard Swiss manufacture, Frédéric Piguet, now part of Blancpain. Benefiting from group synergies, Jaquet Droz was utilizing a movement referred to as Caliber 2663 (reviewed right here and here), based upon the well-known FP1150 (also applied by Blancpain and Breguet). Now it is time for Jaquet Droz to to stand on its personal feet and also to depend on an improved Piguet movement. The Caliber 2660Q2.p is often a modern-day movement that includes a variety of fascinating capabilities, this kind of as a double barrel (for 68 hours of power reserve), a self-winding mechanism with central rotor and, most notably, an antimagnetic silicon stability, some thing that is gradually starting to be a norm inside the Swatch Group. It ticks at a quickly and exact 28,800-vph frequency.

The paillonnée enamel technique with is gold paillons set against blue enamel frames the figure eight display for the time which marks the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde collection. It’s proven to be quite attractive and is a hallmark of the modern Jaquet Droz brand since its reintroduction in the year 2000. Of course, the irony here (as I’ve mention in the past) is that the seconds indicator (which is also the tourbillon display) is smaller than the hour and minute dial so it is not technically a “grand seconds.” That name applies more accurately to the non-tourbillon versions of this design where the seconds indicator is below (and larger), and the top of the figure eight is the dial for the hour and minutes (which is smaller).

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The dials are framed by an 18k red gold figure eight, which matches the 18k red gold case. The watch is intentionally bold, even though it is more dressy in its style at 43mm wide (13.1mm thick) – which, for me, is an ideal size since what you are really showing off here is the art of the dial. One of Jaquet Droz’s wonderful rolled-side alligator straps (in blue) perfectly compliments the dial color. The composition of the watch is truly top-notch (assuming the overall style appeals to you, as it does myself).

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I like how Jaquet Droz chose to go for a semi-transparent window to the tourbillon. You can see it through the dial, but it isn’t brazenly exposed. It is a more subtle way of showing off a tourbillon, and I think it is a style many people will appreciate (again, despite the high cost of this status timepiece). Inside the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée is the caliber 25JD automatic tourbillon movement, exclusive to Jaquet Droz. It has a full seven days of power reserve operating at 3Hz (21,600bph). You can see the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback window, and there you’ll also see the attractive blue lapis lazuli applique set into the otherwise 18k red gold automatic rotor.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Clearly, I have a soft spot for modern watches that attempt to recreate the majestic artistic density of antique timepiece creations that I fawn over in museum settings. Brands like Jaquet Droz have a rich history to pull from, but in reality, the entire watch industry has literally several hundred years of incredible designs and artistic techniques to inspire them. Modern tastes and industrial practices prevent most of the historic hand-done art to be used on today’s watches, but it is nice to know that at least some watches like the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Tourbillon Paillonnée attempt to combine modern aesthetic considerations with artistic techniques that many people can continue to appreciate. I think Jaquet Droz blends the old and the new together quite well in watches like this, but they are quite limited in their production by nature. This reference J013033242 watch is produced as a limited edition of just 8 watches with a price of $119,200. jaquetdroz.com