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

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

That stated, the Sinn EZM 12 Air Rescue is probably one of Sinn’s most esoteric tool watches yet, made through direct input in the elite German Air Rescue group, who required three timekeeping elements unique to EMS. Every one of these elements represent a different interval as it regards triage and prey care: an internal rotating count-up bezel for measuring the first ten minutes after birth (the above “platinum ten”), an outside rotating countdown bezel for measuring the “golden hour,” or the span of time by which arrival at a hospital or stopping blood loss offers the best chance of success, and a pulsometer integrated in the seconds hand with a corresponding graduated scale.It’s an awful lot to take in, and it ultimately yields a pretty busy dialup, but if you look carefully, you can view all the various scales and their various reference points, cleanly laid out to remind the wearer that critical patients want treatment and transportation in the first ten minutes, along with any patient should arrive in a hospital within an hour of the crash. Simple, right?Now, how closely a flight medic will be able to track all this while at the chaos of a injury incident is probably a legitimate question, but it does little to change the fact that this is still an exceptionally cool, perfectly legible view — at least under the bright lights of the conference hall. That said, the PulsRotor seconds hand is likely to be the watch’s most underrated feature. In static images, the seconds hand looks cool, but with all four points rotating at once, it may take a little getting used to. To be honest, putting a pulsometer whose scale only utilizes half of the dial on a three-handed watch is pretty smart, but to pull it off, you do need a running moments hand that has repeating indexes on the standard 15-second basis of dimension — that, in this case, happens to conveniently look a good deal like a helicopter rotor.

One of the newest Jaquet Droz Legend Geneva 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.

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 Watch Wiki 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 whose namesake died a few hundred years ago.

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

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

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 1000m Replica 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 The Writer Replica 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 Petite Heure Minute Cuprite Replica 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

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Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

The Grande Seconde is to Jaquet Droz what the Lange One is to A. Lange & Söhne as the brand’s flagship collection and signature look. The name and company Jaquet Droz were acquired by the Swatch Group at the turn of the millennium, and two years later, it launched the Grande Seconde, which was inspired by an old Jaquet Droz pocket watch from the 18th century. It is a simple but pleasing design, consisting of a subdial that tells the main hour at 12 o’clock and a larger overlapping subdial at 6 o’clock that shows the running seconds – hence the name Grande Seconde. Now, Jaquet Droz has added three new models to its Grande Seconde lineup, all of which have ceramic cases and clous de Paris dials with the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous de Paris watches.

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The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Ivory Enamel Replica Grande Seconde Ceramic comes in three variants. There are two that come in a black ceramic case and one that comes in a white ceramic case. Let’s talk about the lone white ceramic model first, which is simply called the Grande Seconde Ceramic watch. It features a pristine white ceramic case that measures 44mm wide and is 12.23mm in height. That tells you that it is intended as a men’s watch, even though white ceramic watches – especially with gold accents such as this – are often strongly associated with women’s watches. The main dial itself is elaborately decorated with white clous de Paris guilloche, while the overlapping subdials that tell the time and running seconds are made out of white ceramic.

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On the ceramic white subdials are black printouts that mark out the hours and tens of seconds. Both subdials also have a railroad-style track around the periphery to aid in legibility. The hour and minute hands, as well as the large running seconds hands, are all made out of 18k red gold. For a dash of color, the crown is also made out of 18k red gold. What’s also really cool is that the watch will come with a matching rolled-edge hand-made fabric strap. It looks really nice from the press photos, though being white, I’m worried it might get stained easily.

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There’s also a black ceramic version of the above-mentioned model called the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris. In place of a pure white ceramic case, we have a black ceramic case. The dial is also black and also decorated with clous de Paris guilloche. The overlapping subdials for the time and running seconds are, as you might have guessed, in black ceramic. Like the white model, the hour, minute and seconds hands are made out of 18k red gold, which contrasts strongly against the black dial. The crown, however, is black ceramic and not 18k red gold like the white ceramic version. The watch also comes with a matching roll-edged hand-made black fabric strap.

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These two models are powered by the self-winding Jaquet Droz 2663A, which beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 68 hours. The movement looks to be fairly handsomely decorated with traditional finishing techniques like côtes de Genève, circular graining, and polished surfaces. On the black ceramic model, the movement is treated with ruthenium to give it a dark look. In addition, its rotor has also been coated with black PVD so that it complements the black ceramic case.

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Finally, we have the Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris. This comes in a 44mm black ceramic case, but it is slightly thicker at 13.03mm because of its movement. It is mostly similar to the Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris watch, except that it has a power reserve indicator on the dial at 9 o’clock. Like the Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris watch, the Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris watch has a black dial decorated with Clous de Paris guilloche, and 18k red gold hands for the hours, minutes, and seconds. The power reserve scale is smartly marked using red gold, while the hand for the power reserve indicator is black-colored gold. Overall, the power reserve indicator has been cleanly and neatly implemented. Oh, this model has the same black fabric strap that echoes the dial texture as it does on each watch. Nice.

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The Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris is powered by the self-winding Jaquet Droz 4063D-S, which also beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 68 hours. The movement is treated with ruthenium and has a black PVD rotor to give it a dark look to match the black ceramic case.

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All things considered, these new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic watches are pretty interesting in that they pair the classic and understated design of the original Grande Seconde watch with modern ceramic material. The end result, judging from the press photos at least, looks rather nice to me. Certainly, these ceramic models will be significantly more scratch resistant than the non-ceramic variants that are in stainless steel or gold. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde White and Black Ceramic Clous de Paris are both priced at $14,600 each. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris, on the other hand, is $16,800. Each is limited to 28 pieces. jaquet-droz.com