Baselworld 2013: Introducing the Jaquet Droz Grande Heure GMT – the bare essentials of a dual time zone

With only two hour hands, the Jaquet Droz Grande Heure GMT is a travel watch reduced to its absolute bare essentials, or maybe even a bit less. Perfect for travellers with the luxury of not needing to know the time exactly.

The Jaquet Droz Grande Heure GMT is a more elaborate version of the single-handed Grande Heure of several years ago. With the rose gold hand indicating local time, and the blued steel hand for home time, the Grande Heure GMT shows the wearer two time zones simultaneously.

And because the dial is in 24 hour format, day and night in both time zones are easily distinguished as well. But because the watch only has hour hands, the time indicated is approximate, rather than exact. Each one hour interval on the dial is divided into 10 minute segments, so the time can be told with certainty only to the nearest 10 minutes. A watch like this definitely works better for a holiday instead of a business trip.

The 43 mm case is rose gold and the dial is ivory grand feu enamel. Inside is the Jaquet Droz 5N50.4 calibre, which is based on the Frederic Piguet cal. 1150.


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