jaquet droz grande seconde off centered meteorite


Jaquet Droz’s love for nature and the world around us takes the brand to the stars where the celestial bodies giving rise to meteorites are born. Three limited-edition watches have resulted from this fascination for space.

Even though today we know a little bit more about the solar system, let’s go back in time to the 18th century, when the watchmaker-magician Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790) was born. At that time, instruments used to peer up above the clouds did exist, but they were few in number and mainly reserved to the scientific elite. To look at the stars, the most simple thing to do – and this is still the case today – is to raise your eyes to the night sky and see them shine. This fascination for the immensity of space continues is still one of the greatest mysteries today and can be seen on the dial of three Grande Seconde Off-Centred Meteorite watches made by Jaquet Droz.

jaquet droz grande seconde off centered meteorite cellectionAs suggested by the name of this small collection – with just 88 pieces made for each model – meteorites are the mentors of this Grande Seconde Off-Centred Meteorite watch, a classic by the brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds. The watch features a fragment from a celestial body from our solar system that fell to earth without being destroyed either during its journey through space or by its impact on our planet. To make a dial from a meteorite, the latter needs to be cut into discs, a painstaking and tricky job, especially if the iron content is high. The result is a unique dial, criss-crossed by grey-pearl geometric figures with silver highlights that nature has drawn there at random. Two red-gold rings have been added and overlap to form the traditional 8 of Jaquet Droz. The wider one, which forms the lower loop of the magic number, has given its name to this trio of watches and is located between 6 and 9 o’clock, and featuring a long, golden second hand. Near one o’clock, in the smaller loop, the hours and minutes tick by in the shape of a couple of lancine-type hands.

jaquet droz grande seconde off centered meteorite closeupThe Grande Seconde Off-Centred Meteorite family is available in two sizes of red-gold case – the first 39mm wide, with the optional extra of 256 diamonds, and the second 43mm. The time functions are brought to life by the automatic JD 2663.P and 2663A.P calibres, which are equipped with a red-gold rotor and a double barrel, and provide a power reserve of 68 hours.

Price: 24,550 CHF (39 mm) – 26,700 CHF (43 mm) – 33,950 CHF (39 mm jewelled)

By Sharmila Bertin