BEEFING UP TIME
A first! Jaquet Droz brings us their alternative take on sports watches. On the programme: top-quality materials and a case with a powerful design.
At Jaquet Droz, the elegant Grande Seconde and Petite Heure Minute collections, like the Automates, are often in the spotlight, and rightly so. But there is another collection that is worthy of all our attention. The SW Chrono models released at the end of the year are a chance for us to take a closer look at the collection. These sports-style watches feature a real alternative design. Alongside the central second hand, the dial has two totalisers, one for the minutes at 3 o’clock and the other for the hours at 9 o’clock. There are no sub-seconds, but split-time measurements are given pride of place. The hour and minute hands are open-worked for greater clarity. The monopushers come with rubber sheathes for guaranteed ease of use. Rounding off the time information, the chronographs have a large date counter at 12 o’clock. And to highlight the chic and elegant look, two dial is designed in contemporary colours, midnight blue and anthracite grey. The texture with vertical strokes reinforces their modern personality.
The 45mm-wide steel cases house an automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve. The surface finishes – with a polished, matt and satin effect – play with the light to offer a rich range of contrasts and reflections. With their two protections, the crown and watch case are shock-resistant.
For daily comfort, the SW Chrono watches come with material straps matching the dial colours and a folding clasp.
Price: 17,700 EUR jaquet-droz.com
By Dan Diaconu