Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

The Grande Seconde is to Jaquet Droz what the Lange One is to A. Lange & Söhne as the brand's flagship collection and signature look. The name and company Jaquet Droz were acquired by the Swatch Group at the turn of the millennium, and two years later, it launched the Grande Seconde, which was inspired by an old Jaquet Droz pocket watch from the 18th century. It is a simple but pleasing design, consisting of a subdial that tells the main hour at 12 o’clock and a larger overlapping subdial at 6 o’clock that shows the running seconds - hence the name Grande Seconde. Now, Jaquet Droz has added three new models to its Grande Seconde lineup, all of which have ceramic cases and clous de Paris dials with the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous de Paris watches.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

The new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic comes in three variants. There are two that come in a black ceramic case and one that comes in a white ceramic case. Let’s talk about the lone white ceramic model first, which is simply called the Grande Seconde Ceramic watch. It features a pristine white ceramic case that measures 44mm wide and is 12.23mm in height. That tells you that it is intended as a men's watch, even though white ceramic watches - especially with gold accents such as this - are often strongly associated with women's watches. The main dial itself is elaborately decorated with white clous de Paris guilloche, while the overlapping subdials that tell the time and running seconds are made out of white ceramic.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

On the ceramic white subdials are black printouts that mark out the hours and tens of seconds. Both subdials also have a railroad-style track around the periphery to aid in legibility. The hour and minute hands, as well as the large running seconds hands, are all made out of 18k red gold. For a dash of color, the crown is also made out of 18k red gold. What’s also really cool is that the watch will come with a matching rolled-edge hand-made fabric strap. It looks really nice from the press photos, though being white, I’m worried it might get stained easily.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

There’s also a black ceramic version of the above-mentioned model called the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris. In place of a pure white ceramic case, we have a black ceramic case. The dial is also black and also decorated with clous de Paris guilloche. The overlapping subdials for the time and running seconds are, as you might have guessed, in black ceramic. Like the white model, the hour, minute and seconds hands are made out of 18k red gold, which contrasts strongly against the black dial. The crown, however, is black ceramic and not 18k red gold like the white ceramic version. The watch also comes with a matching roll-edged hand-made black fabric strap.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

These two models are powered by the self-winding Jaquet Droz 2663A, which beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 68 hours. The movement looks to be fairly handsomely decorated with traditional finishing techniques like côtes de Genève, circular graining, and polished surfaces. On the black ceramic model, the movement is treated with ruthenium to give it a dark look. In addition, its rotor has also been coated with black PVD so that it complements the black ceramic case.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

Finally, we have the Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris. This comes in a 44mm black ceramic case, but it is slightly thicker at 13.03mm because of its movement. It is mostly similar to the Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris watch, except that it has a power reserve indicator on the dial at 9 o’clock. Like the Grande Seconde Black Ceramic Clous de Paris watch, the Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris watch has a black dial decorated with Clous de Paris guilloche, and 18k red gold hands for the hours, minutes, and seconds. The power reserve scale is smartly marked using red gold, while the hand for the power reserve indicator is black-colored gold. Overall, the power reserve indicator has been cleanly and neatly implemented. Oh, this model has the same black fabric strap that echoes the dial texture as it does on each watch. Nice.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

The Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris is powered by the self-winding Jaquet Droz 4063D-S, which also beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 68 hours. The movement is treated with ruthenium and has a black PVD rotor to give it a dark look to match the black ceramic case.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic Clous De Paris Watches Watch Releases

All things considered, these new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Ceramic watches are pretty interesting in that they pair the classic and understated design of the original Grande Seconde watch with modern ceramic material. The end result, judging from the press photos at least, looks rather nice to me. Certainly, these ceramic models will be significantly more scratch resistant than the non-ceramic variants that are in stainless steel or gold. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde White and Black Ceramic Clous de Paris are both priced at $14,600 each. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Power Reserve Ceramic Clous de Paris, on the other hand, is $16,800. Each is limited to 28 pieces. jaquet-droz.com

What do you think?
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  • I want it! (7)
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  • I love it! (5)
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  • Sheez Gagoo

    The white one looks in the best way like 1987. With Spandau Ballets “Gold” in the back and some Miami Vice clothes on, it serves perfectly as a time machine.

    • DanW94

      This much is true…

      • WINKS

        Wrong lyrics. Try again for Gold.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          At least the same band…

    • Sheez Gagoo
      • egznyc

        Who are these guys? I’m definitely old enough that I should know. They don’t look like Don Johnson and too monochromatic for Miami Vice.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          Fashion catalogue 1987. No celebrities.

          • egznyc

            Okay now I think I understand. While we don’t see any watches on these models, the white and black options would suit their black and white-colored outfits. And you also feel the watches display an ’80s vibe no doubt.

            Not a huge fan of sunglasses. What are they hiding? 😉

  • SuperStrapper

    The black one is amazing. Non pr model for me please.

    Not a fan of the strap, but whatever. There is a 0% chance I wouldn’t immediately make something unique for it if I acquired one anyway.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Nice but why have that when you can have the normal one?

    They should just do the regular steel or gold one with this dial.

    I love JD,but they should really reconsider their case size, especially considering the size of the movements, and generally being dress watches. Either that or do all the complications in the 39mm size as well.

    I think that Marius may want the white one for some of his better far eastern acquaintances what with the 44mm size.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      By the way: Where did the fun people go, like Marius, Saul Sloota (changes his nick once a week) and Mikita? All banned?

      • Dr. Renato Lazarus

        Saul Sloota’s right here, babe.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          You`re hard to identify…

      • Word Merchant

        Hodinkee.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          To the nerdplace? Where the uncool are? Come on.

  • cluedog12

    Black and gold, without the reserve. Looks just fine to me. Too big for my wrist. Blah blah blah. We know the drill. Best admired in the showroom or on somebody else’s substantial wrist.

    On reflection, the red ceramic version from 2007/2008 is still my fav. Can look up the original ABlogToWatch post for good laughs.

  • Greg Dutton

    44mm, $14K…it’s like these guys are living in 2009. One gets the impression that the Swiss watch industry is a slow learner.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Well, if it really took that long for you to realise, that the Swiss Watch Industry is a “slow learner” then you`re not better. No offense.

      • Greg Dutton

        Illuminating!

  • I think a miss! And they were soooo close! :'(

    Tiny movement compared to case size and dial.
    “60/765” on the dial next to roman numerals looks very cheap, and the tone of the watch is the polar opposite.
    Why use “black-colored gold”? I don’t understand it. Gold traditionally is white/yellow/red: black gold fails to be gold. Why not use tungsten? Just so you can be an ass with “and lookey here, this hand that measures the power reserve of the movement’s springs, and is made of gold. Yes, it’s black, but it’s gold”. Pfft.

    If not for those three details, a beautiful watch!

    • IG

      Tiny movement – and automatic.

    • egznyc

      El oro negro. “Won’t you fill up the tank let’s go for a ride.”

  • Phil leavell

    Their time has come .
    Their time has went.
    We are left wanting.
    I real watch

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Not sure about the cross over, but i like it ( white )

  • Richard Baptist

    I like the black one non power reserve. However, again if you had to plunk down the money, I think I would go for a regular version of the grande seconde. The size also seems a little big for just a time only watch. The white one I’m not a fan.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    The Piguet 1150 seemes to be the ETA 2824 of the expensive watches.

  • Framlucasse

    Black beauties!

    A bit overpriced, maybe ?

  • Ranchracer

    Just finished reading the article on the CW C1 Malvern which gives you a beautiful looking dress watch with power reserve indicator, 5-day power reserve, and an in-house movement, all for just under 2k. Then I read about this piece which gives you, well, less, and the price is almost 15k (17k with power reserve indicator)! Is it any wonder the Swiss watch industry is in turmoil? This piece is a shining example of everything that’s wrong with the industry.

  • Mark1884

    So…… I could buy this, or a ceramic Daytona?
    I don’t get the joke????

    • Sheez Gagoo

      The Daytona just has a ceramic bezel. Here you get full ceramic! More ceramic for your money!

      • Mark1884

        I did not think of that……much better ceramic value proposition!!

  • I think it looks fantastic. I’ve always felt the Grande Seconde was a beautifully balanced, harmonious dial, and the black is awesome. I know, I know…”too big, too expensive (I could buy Watch X for that price), the movement is (fill in the blank)…” yadda yadda….. Stunning.

  • Kuroji

    Yeah, I like it a lot, but it seems a bit too Grande in price. Like maybe 3 or 4 grand too grande.
    I guess they didn’t have enough room to print XXXXXX

    • BNABOD

      One for sale (not sure if ceramic or not ) barely used on ashword for 5600 bucks goes to show the price goes only one way and that is down

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Lovely design and final execution.

  • BNABOD

    JD Is a strange brand, well known for its quality but also obscurity and now I shall add absurde pricing to the list too.
    A/ 44mm well one word wtf???
    B/ all black watches all white watches seems already a tad passé
    C/ pricing circa 2005 yeah wake up JD
    D/ overlapped dials just look odd to me

  • Sorry, but the idea of a JD watch in a ceramic case just seems wrong to me.