As is the case with every other year in recent times, 2019 was a very, very good one for the inimitable Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz. Not only did we see the marque, which has been around since 1738, create their first ever Grande Seconde Chronograph, we also saw a great new addition to their Grande Seconde Skelet-One timepiece in a innovative material. Anyway, without wanting to give it all away, here are the three best Jaquet Droz watches of 2019:
JAQUET DROZ GRANDE SECONDE CHRONOGRAPH
Known as the master of automatons, Jaquet Droz lends its name to an elegant series of watches with an identifiable aesthetic. This is the first chronograph in the Grande Seconde collection and it is long overdue. This watch boasts an exquisitely balanced dial, which employs a variety of scales and fonts to surprising effect (note the mixture of Roman and Arabic numerals on the time dial). Controlled by a mono-pusher crown at 4 o’clock, this is a complicated piece with a simple heart.
Ref No: J007830240 / Case size: 43mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: 26MR / Price: $26,000
JAQUET DROZ GRANDE SECONDE DUAL TIME BLACK ENAMEL
If you like to travel with the epitome of subtle elegance strapped to your wrist, you can stop your search for the perfect watch. It’s right here. The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Dual Time Black Enamel is as humble a masterpiece as there is. A rich black enamel dial is home to two dials (one for home time, and one for travel time). The larger of the two is inset into an oversize seconds hand, and features a map of the northern hemisphere.
Ref No: J016033202 / Case size: 43mm / Case material: Red Gold / Movement: 5N54 / Price: $35,250
JAQUET DROZ GRANDE SECONDE SKELET-ONE CERAMIC
Jaquet Droz really took their Skelet-One to the next level in 2019 with the Grande Seconde Skelet-One Ceramic. Based off the original iteration of the inimitable timepiece, which was first released in 2018, this new ceramic variant looks positively avant-garde thanks to its black ceramic case, blued steel screws, white gold indexes, and blue canvas strap.
Ref No: J003525541 / Case size: 41.5mm / Case material: Ceramic / Movement: 2663 SQ / Price: POA