2016 Basel International Watch & Jewellery Show Preview: Eccentric Second Hand, Black Zhencu

The Grande Second Off-centered follows the classic characteristics of Jaquet Droz, combining historical meaning, modern design and elegant style.

   The onyx eccentric second hand (GrandeSecondeOff-centeredOnyx) has an unforgettable simplicity and beauty, condensing the deep historical essence of Jaquet Droz. Its dial adopts a deep and charming rich black tone, exuding elegance and modern style. The prototype of this creative design is the Grande Seconde created by Pierre Jaquet-Droz in the 18th century. This watch follows the trend of enlightenment and breaks through the concept of watchmaking. Pierre Jaquet-Droz designed two overlapping dials. The eccentric second dial is set at 6 o’clock and is equipped with extremely slim hands. This innovation not only invented a brand-new mechanical form, but also created a distinctive concept of time. The bit of time was fixed into a beautiful and precious time memory. The two circles intersect to form the number 8. The ‘8’ symbolizes balance and perfection, and is a lucky number for Jaquet Droz.

   Jaquet Droz’s artisan masters subtly ‘deformed’ this aesthetic design, slightly shifting the second dial to the 7 o’clock position. In 2016, the watch continued to evolve, for the first time equipped with a stainless steel case with a diameter of 43 mm, highlighting the charm of the black dial. The beautiful black has always been praised by the artist, and it has a unique brilliance on the Grande Second Off-centered. This model follows Jaquet Droz’s long tradition of mineral dials, using a carefully cut and polished onyx dial. The deep and intense black is like an ink bottle dipped in a quill by a writer, and it is like a silk satin used by designers to cut clothes. With the movement of the wrist, the colorful streamer makes the uniform and harmonious surface rejuvenate.

   Jaquet Droz’s master craftsmen will subtly and elegantly mark the hour markers directly on the 18K white gold inner ring of the hour and minute display and the second hand that meet the legendary number ‘8’ shape, making the magnificent light color effect more obvious Beautiful. The metallic mirror-like luster contrasts with the heavy light and shadow of the onyx dial, showing the subtle design of the three-dimensional bezel and bezel. The crown is moved to 4 o’clock, adding a touch of vitality to this new model of timepieces. This watch also comes in a silver-plated opal dial style with a crocodile leather strap. Onyx’s eccentric second hand (Grande Second Off-centered Onyx) adds a mysterious charm to the poetic time of Jaquet Droz. The colorful streamers caused the artist’s infinite reveries in the deep night.