Almost every watch manufacture in the business have at least one piece somewhere in their portfolio which was not well received, one that didn't quite come up to standard - an achilles' heel. Not so with Jaquet Droz. Every piece they produce is an art form. Every piece is exceptional.
The Grande Seconde dial has been synonymous with the Jaquet Droz name since it was first created in 1785. The hours and minutes appear off-centred at 12 o'clock with a large seconds subdial at 6 o'clock, the two interlock to form the fortuitous number 8. Around both indications is plenty of dial space framed by an extra thin bezel. A pure and unique design, highly legible, instantly recognisable and one which Swatch wisely chose not to mess with when they aquired Jaquet Droz in 2001.
New for 2011 is the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantième. This is the first time that the brand have introduced a steel watchcase to enclose the Grande Seconde dial and is the premier of two stunning black dials, one of which features fine-brushed finishing on the indications and one which is almost completely ebonized. A red varnished tip on the pointer hand of the date indication contrasts with these new dials which have been created using an innovative process whereby the metal dial is hand-dipped into a chemical bath until perfection is achieved.
Also available is an opaline dial, silvery white with contrasting blued steel hands. Inside these remarkable pieces is the Jaquet Droz 266OQZ, a self-winding calibre with two barrels providing a power reserve of 68 hours. The pieces are each presented on a hand crafted black alligator leather strap.