The Grande Seconde is perhaps Jaquet Drozís most recognisable design, with an outsize second hand and characteristic figure 8 layout that you can spot from across a room. Itís also a versatile design thatís been called into service for a range of complications. But never a chronograph. Until this weekís release of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Chronograph.* This release isnít just a single watch, but rather a fully formed collection. Thereís a nice limited version, and a brace of steel-cased models, with asymmetrical dials. The dial options on offer are blue, taupe grey and sand-blasted silver. The blue will be ó I suspect ó the popular choice, but I was quite drawn to the grey: it has a modern, monochromatic look that plays well with the off-centre design and contrasts Jaquet Drozís typically classic aesthetic. Itís also quite a textural dial, with several layers and a nice contrast between the sandblasted and satin finished sections.* The fact that this stylish timer is a monopusher goes a long way to ensuring that the overall package remains elegant. The movement (calibre 26M5R) is made by Blancpain, and exclusive to Jaquet Droz. Itís an interesting layout, with timekeeping on the smaller dial…

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