In typical breathless style Jaquet Droz has released another breathless watch, the Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel. This piece comes in precious metal and features a Grand Feu enamel dial – essentially a very fancy face – and a 22-carat gold moon that lives on the heart of the piece.

“The Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel tells a story that precedes the dawn of time, harking back to when the Moon was Man’s sole measure of the passing months,” writes the company in a flood of inappropriate capitalization.

Part of the Grande Seconde collection, this model featuring a black enamel dial is to make its debut at Baselworld 2018. Enhanced with a moon phase complication, the model acknowledges the significance of the lunar cycle to watchmakers, and pays homage to the mysterious and complex choreography that links Earth to Sun and Moon to Earth. The watch is a technical and artistic triumph, representing the phases of the lunar cycle from the new moon to the last quarter, while staying true to the clean aesthetic of the Grande Seconde collection and the signature Jaquet Droz figure 8.


The important part of this piece is the fact that this displays the “true moon,” a unique complication that shows the actual phase of the moon for every month and only needs to be reset every 122 years. The watch appeared at Basel last year and sells for $15,000 to $28,000, depending on the material and finish.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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