Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz has released a new version of its Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph which now features an onyx dial. The use of onyx grants this luxury piece extraordinary depth through the intensity of its darkness. The onyx allows even the smallest detail and slightest reflection to shine through.
Beyond the onyx finish, the 43mm stainless steel case is defined by its off-centre design. The retrograde date and 30-minute chronograph dial with polished hands is located at 7 o’clock, while the hours and minutes dial with polished mirror hands and 18kt white gold hour markers is present at 1 o’clock. The large seconds hand takes centre stage.
Equipped with an openwork counterweight, the seconds hand evokes a new moon while the solid counterweight on the date hand represents a full moon against the vast blackness of space.
The Jaquet Droz 26M5R calibre moment is the driving force of this timepiece. This automatic monopusher chronograph is viewable through the sapphire crystal caseback for you to take in all its complexities like the oscillating weight in red gold and Cotes de Genève on each bridge. Cotes de Genève refers to the cascading steel pattern. See the image below.
This classic design combines with advanced technologies such as the silicon escapement to guarantee precision and ensure the timepiece is unaffected by magnetism and temperature variations. This piece has a power reserve of 40 hours and remains water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres.
The strap is handmade from black alligator leather with a rolled edge and a stainless steel folding clasp to finish.
The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph with an onyx dial is offered in an unlimited run, so there’s no risk of missing out. The timepiece retails for $29,500 AUD.