The Swatch Group decided to forgo Baselworld in 2019 and have its 12 exhibiting brands release their latest novelties on their own terms. While we’ve seen a number of releases slowly trickle out throughout the first few months of the year, it’s all led up to the inaugural “Time To Move” event that took place the week of May 14 in Switzerland. WatchTime was one of the select few American publications invited to attend the exclusive brand presentations, and we spent that time meeting with six of the Swatch Group’s most prestigious marques — Breguet, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, and Omega — to view the watches that would be defining the rest of the year. As we continue to focus on the brands’ highlight pieces, we turn our attention today to Jaquet Droz’s updated Grande Seconde Dual Time.
Accompanying the surprise release of the Grande Seconde Monopusher Chronograph at the Swatch Group’s Time to Move event this year was the new-look Grande Seconde Dual Time collection, which received a brand new dial design in four total variations all sized at 43 mm by 13.13 mm.
For this aesthetic update, Jaquet Droz is building on the previous generation’s movement as well as the same figure-eight dial layout that the Grande Seconde is known for. What’s new here is the placement of an azimuthal globe projection (a view of the Earth from the North Pole) in the bottom half of the dial. The globe presentation is executed nicely with the continents surrounded by a mirror-polished ocean in either black or anthracite.
Additionally, the 24-hour home time display is split into two distinct 12-hour segments: white for daytime and black for night, making the reading of the home time more intuitive. The local time, on the top half of the Grande Seconde dial, is regulated by jumping an hour, which makes it quicker to set the time on arrival at the destination. The date adjusts automatically to this change, and is indicated by a red-tipped hand that sweeps around a circular satin-finish applied ring. Essentially, what you’re getting with the Grande Seconde Dual Time is four displays set within two subdials: local time, reference time, date, and running seconds.
The automatic movement inside is, as previously mentioned, identical to the one that was initially developed for the previous generation of Grande Seconde Dual Time watches from 2016. Visible through a sapphire exhibition caseback, the Jaquet Droz Caliber 2663H24 features a silicon escapement and pallet wheels and a skeletonized, fan-like rotor that allows ample viewing of the côtes de Genève and perlage decoration on the mainplate and bridges. In total, the Dual Time Grande Seconde offers a 65-hour power reserve.
The four new versions of the Grande Seconde Dual Time come in stainless steel with either a black-onyx (with 18-karat white gold applied ring) or a silver-opaline dial, or in 18-karat red gold with either an ivory or black Grand Feu enamel dial (both with 18-karat red gold applied ring). Pricing has not yet been confirmed.