Watch Insider Previews the Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Éclipse

Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar EclipseThe new Perpetual Calendar Éclipse by Jaquet Droz, available in two dial colors, showcases the brand’s distinctive moon-phase display. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I list the attributes of this new timepiece, which is crafted in Jaquet Droz’s ancestral home of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

The Éclipse collection includes some of Jaquet Droz’s most elegant timepieces. (Click here to see my article about the Eclipse Mother-of-Pearl and Eclipse Ivory Enamel, introduced earlier this year.)

This new model pairs the Jaquet Droz moon-phase complication — which displays the lunar cycles by means of a round index that passes over the moon, blocking part or all of it from sight — with a perpetual calendar. On the black or ivory-colored grand feu enamel dial, two straight hands contrast sharply with the curves of two wavy hands, each of the latter tipped with a crescent moon.

The calendar information is easy to read on several places on the dial: on the right you see the current date; on the left, the day of the week. At 12 o’clock, a single-hand counter indicates the month, with the leap-year indication appearing discreetly in a small window. At 6 o’clock, a black or ivory-colored onyx index moves across the face of the golden moon, revealing, and then concealing it until its total eclipse.

Surrounding the moon-phase display is a night-sky motif, with eight stars. (Eight, as longtime fans of the Jaquet Droz brand may know, was brand namesake Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s favorite number).

In my opinion, the Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Éclipse captivates and surprises with its innovative design and contemporary calendar display. The wonderful sparkle of the rose-gold hands, moon, and stars creates a perfectly balanced contrast to the solemnity of the dial in this timepiece.

Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Éclipse

 

Jaquet Droz Perpetual Calendar Éclipse





About Alexander Linz

Alexander Linz is an Austrian watch journalist, watch collector and blogger (www.watch-insider.com). He belongs to a small group of European journalists who have been covering the Swiss and Japanese watch industry for decades. Alexander writes on a regular base for the Austrian daily newspaper "Die Presse", Austria's leading watch and jewelry trade magazine "Uhren-Juwelen" and the leading watch magazines in Germany "Chronos" and "Uhren Magazin". His interviews and features appeared in many of the world's leading watch forums and are frequently being shared by watch experts and journalists.

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