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.

Grande Seconde Skelet-One

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.

Grande Seconde Skelet-One

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.

Jason Pitsch
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Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good design and engineering in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type of craftsmanship: watchmaking.