Jaquet Droz Eclipse - True Feat of Watchmaking

Apr 07, 2010
At Baselworld 2010, Jaquet Droz unveiled its new classic complete calendar watch the Eclipse. The watch boasts an innovative poetic moon phase indicator, an original alternative to the more conventional moon phase display - the moon performed in red gold evolves day after day - it gradually disappears beneath a pivoting black disc.

The 43mm case of the Jaquet Droz Eclipse watch is sculptured in 18K red gold. The lustrous black dial reflects the ancient art of Grand Feu enameling - powdered enamel is fired at very high temperatures, coming through a range of stages.

The dial displays day of the week and month windows, as well as the date scale at the dial edge. Your glance will be caught by a cluster of eight applied red gold stars. The number of stars implies good fortune, well-being, and eternity. The alpha hour and minute hands and the signature serpentine date hand are also performed in polished red gold.

The heart of the new Jaquet Droz watch is a self-winding movement - Caliber JD 6553L. The 28-jewel movement reveals fine decorative finishing via a sapphire crystal window in the case-back. The caliber is based on the prestigious Frederic Piguet 1150 caliber. It balance operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The movement, incorporating two mainspring barrels, guarantees a remarkable 68-hour power reserve.

The movement has rhodium-plated mainplate with circular grained patterns, Cotes-de-Geneve bridges, and the finely engraved gold centrally-mounted winding rotor.
The signed gold crown is used to wind and set the hour and minute hands. The traditional corrector pushers are used to correct the complete calendar mechanism, along with the moon phase indicator.

The Jaquet Droz Eclipse watch is presented on an alligator leather strap equipped with a red gold buckle. The timepiece is 30-meter water-resistant.

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