Jaquet Droz refines the aesthetic of the Tourbillon Skeleton. The new Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon by Jaquet Droz breaks away from traditional designs and demonstrates the beauty of open-worked mechanics.
Designed for connoisseurs, the Grande Seconde Skelet-One Tourbillon pushes the principle of the skeleton movement to the extreme: a minimum amount of material for the maximum amount of rigidity and light. The brand new skeleton structure is characterized by straight lines, angles, modernity, and perfect symmetry. This very contemporary skeletonization is as technical as its highly precise tourbillon movement can be, furthering the technical and aesthetic consistency of the watch. Its bridges, finished in black, give a matte appearance. The tourbillon cage follows the geometry of the skeleton movement, with a triple cross shape which, once a minute, aligns perfectly with its bridges.
The hands, including the seconds hand that is attached to the tourbillon cage, are slender and sweep over the two “multi-tier” dials, of which the first is crafted from sapphire and displays the seconds, minutes and hours ring, and is garnished with gold indexes.
A second dial in Swiss smoky quartz is almost invisible but its presence enhances the hour display. To create different illusions for its “multi-tier” designs, Jaquet Droz plays with the degree of clarity on the dials and reflector, from slightly smoky to completely transparent.
The bottom plate of the watch has been completely reworked to distribute the circulating forces around the movement, ensure it is sturdy, and allow as much light to pass through as possible. It is housed in a red gold 41 mm case with the largest opening possible allowing the wearer to admire the movement. The red gold 18K skeletonized oscillating weight, visible from the back yet invisible from the dial, gives the Skelet-One Tourbillon a 7-day power reserve.