This year Jaquet Droz introduced an interesting new highly skeletonized timepiece, housed in a 41 mm x 12.30 mm red gold, white gold, or black ceramic case.
The Grande Seconde Skelet-One features a sapphire dial at 12 o’clock, with printed Roman numeral hour markers, and printed dots for the minutes. The hour and minute hands are Alpha-shaped (18K gold for the ceramic and red gold versions and blued steel for the white gold version). Intersecting with the dial, below is an oversized seconds display, with a long baton hand and open-tipped counterweight (18K gold for the red gold and ceramic versions and blued steel for the white gold version). Together, these two off-center dials form a figure “8” which is an aesthetic signature of the brand.
Both sapphire dials are affixed to the fully skeletonized mainplate by 5 screws (in blued steel or 18K gold). Driving the time only indications is the new in-house automatic caliber 2663 SQ, which features 30 jewels, double-barrel mainsprings, silicon balance spring, and silicon pallets. The power reserve is 68-hours.
A pretty sharp looking watch, although the main downside to a timepiece that has had so much of the components cutaway (or made visible via sapphire), is that arm hair can often be highly visible.
The water-resistance is 30 meters, and the individually numbered edition is engraved on the skeletonized oscillating weight. Retail is $33,600 for the gold versions and $24,200 for the ceramic version.
Learn more at Jaquet Droz.