I’ve covered a number of dual/world timer watches, and today brings another one from the folks who were responsible for the Twelve Cities world timer that remains one of my favourites of this complication. Meet the new Grande Seconde Dual Time, which features the use of their trademark figure eight dial and a new movement.
Launched at Baselworld 2016, this new model is available in three iterations : stainless steel with an silver opaline dial with applied ring, stainless steel case with a black onyx dial with 18 carat white gold applied rings, and a rose gold version with an ivory Grand Feu enamel double levelled dial. The hands are in rhodiumed-steel, 18 carat rose gold, or blued steel with red varnish tip, depending on the variant, for the date. Today we share photographs of two of the three.
As you can see at a glance, it is similar to existing Jaquet Droz watches, with the distinctive overlapping sub dials; the upper one displays the local time and the lower does triple duty as a seconds indicator via a blue hand, date display in the lowered sub-sub dial, and the second 24-hour time-zone indicator of the watch’s name. I particularly like the layering of the sub dial, it’s not only attractive but also aids in quick reading of the displayed functions.
Beneath this classically Jaquet Droz dial is the automatic in-house Calibre 2663H24 with 42 jewels, 28,800VPH, and a power reserve of fifty-four hours, which drives the functions.
The case measures 43mm x 13mm, has double sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 30m.
Two very different versions here means two watches with quite different vibes. Whether you prefer the classicism of the ivory or the sleekness of the onyx will obviously been up to each individual, but my favourite of these two is the ivory-dialled version for one main reason – legibility. As someone with suboptimal eyesight that will continue to deteriorate, the blue text on the black background on the bottom sub dial is not as easily read at a quick wrist glance.
All three versions of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time come on a rolled-edge, hand-made alligator leather strap with a folding clasp made of the same material as the case.