Jaquet Droz’s ‘Majestic Beijing’ collection contains my favourite JD model the ‘Twelve Cities’ (Les Douze Villes), and it is also the thematic home of the elegant Eclipse watches from last year. Some of the stalwarts of this collection are the ‘Grand Heure’ models, and it is a new Baselworld 2013 addition to this, the Grande Heure GMT, which I am bringing to you today.
This is not Jaquet Droz’s first or only GMT, but this new one takes the principle about form following function seriously, and is as unadulterated and functional as one can get in a GMT watch. The dial has only that which is mentioned in its name – the local time (in a 24-hour format) as indicated by a rose gold hand matching the rose gold case, and a second time zone, indicated by a blued steel hand. There is nothing to get confused about when reading the two times on this watch.
As is the case with one of its Grande Heure forebears, the dial on the new GMT is Grand Feu enamel (in this case ivory coloured), and it has the same Arabic numerals. Housed inside the 43mm (11.85mm height) Grande Heure case is the calibre 5N50.4 with 22 carat white gold oscillating weight that has a power reserve of 68 hours. The height of the GMT is 11.85mm.
Do I like it? Very much so, and the reason is down to the purity of the design and ease of functionality. The price of the Grande Heure GMT is CHF 25,100 (without VAT).
Here is JD’s official video of this new model.