Conceived as an ode to femininity and elegance, the Lady 8 Petite preserves the attributes of its predecessor: an original creation that features the brand’s emblematic “8” design blended with the traditional gem-setting and natural dial expertise of Jaquet Droz. The delicacy of its perfectly rounded case is accentuated by a domed sapphire crystal. The Lady 8 Petite’s dial is ever so slightly redesigned to guarantee perfect readability. Developped in eight variations, the new Lady 8 Petite embraces the trends of its time, as well. Borrowing from contemporary fashion, two versions features a double-wrap strap, in a choice of black or blue grained calfskin. A symbol of femininity, it is also a discreet reminder of the astronomy from which watchmaking sprang forth.
The margins of precision
In watchmaking, the margins of precision can be measured by seconds. That may seem small to most people, but for OMEGA, those seconds represent a lifetime’s work. Even in 1848, when Louis Brandt sat down to create the company’s very first watches, his ambition was to produce the most accurate movements possible. This dedication led to the 19-ligne “OMEGA” calibre in 1894, which was so admired and revolutionary within the industry, it would soon become the company’s title. Indeed, OMEGA is perhaps the only watchmaker in the world to be named after the excellence of a calibre.
How is Master Chronometer raising standard throughout the Swiss watch industry, a COSC “chronometer” certification is the desired end result. For OMEGA, it’s only the beginning. COSC testing only demonstrates the precision of a movement (-4/+6 seconds per day, tested in 5 positions). It remains an integral part of the OMEGA process, but since 2015, the brand has used this highly-respected standard as a starting point. Now, OMEGA also subjects its movements as well as its completed watches to 8 Master Chronometer tests over 10 days, including water resistance, temperature fluctuation and exposure to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss.
GRANDE SECONDE MOON
The magic of reading time
An emblematic model of the Jaquet Droz philosophy, the Grande Seconde is adorned with a new watchmaking complication: moon phase display.
In 2017, Jaquet Droz integrated the moon phase into one of its legendary models, the Grande Seconde, while remaining perfectly true to the silhouette of the timepiece whose two interlaced dials form a figure eight, the symbol of completion and plenitude, and lucky number of the brand known by its twin stars.
A true mechanical marvel, the Grande Seconde Moon is also a piece of aesthetic treasure. Absolutely striking with its clean look and classic lines valued by Jaquet Droz, the ivory enamel version is adorned with an applied satin-finish red gold circular ring, echoing the light of the 43 mm case featured in the three available versions. The magic and poetic Grande Seconde Moon by Jaquet Droz is not simply a watch adorned with the luxurious effects of light of onyx, gold and silvery opaline. It is also an invitation to contemplation and reflection when faced with the mystery of the passage of time that Man has mastered by looking to the sky. Because the depths of night have never ceased to give meaning to life, since the dawn of time.
NEW MOON RISING
Over the grande seconde moon collection
Jaquet Droz presents four new variations of the Grande Seconde Moon watch today. Buoyed by the collection’s successful debut, the astronomical Moon Phase makes a return in gold, steel, Grand Feu enamel and aventurine.
The new Grande Seconde Moon combines the day-to-day practicality of precise hour, minute, seconds and date displays with the poetry of a 22-carat gold Moon Phase. Since the Moon Phase requires a greater level of precision, Jaquet Droz developed Mechanism 135, an in-house movement featuring a high precision 135-tooth wheel inside a Jaquet Droz 2660QL3 caliber.
While a traditional 59-tooth movement accumulates an error of one day every two years and eight months, the Jaquet Droz Moon Phase need only be adjusted by one day every 122 years thanks to a corrector discreetly incorporated into the middle of the case. The precision of the Grande Seconde Moon movement is thus infinitely closer to the actual lunar month which lasts exactly 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds.
As well as the precision of the movement, these four new Grande Seconde Moon models lend a touch of poetry to the collection. The Moon is the favorite celestial body of watchmakers, bringing to every dial a quiet revolution, a new perception of time, an exclusive and poetic slice of astrological mystique that slips onto the wrist.
Available at Tourbillon Puerto Banús. Muelle Ribera, Casa O, Local 5. Tel: +34 952 81 38 37 · www.tourbillon.com
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