“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing more to remove.” This quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is an apt commentary on the two new Grande Heure Minute watches by Jaquet Droz. These exclusive variations are the latest additions to the Astrale family. Paying homage to astronomy –the predecessor of watchmaking– the Astrale collection showcases a minimalist expression of the art of watchmaking in which only the essential remains.

Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute
Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute

The two latest Grande Heure Minute watches are no exception. Each is housed in a 43 mm steel case and powered by a high precision self-winding movement: the Jaquet Droz 1169.Si caliber. “Si” refers here to silicon, a key element in contemporary watchmaking that is expertly put to use in this caliber.

Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute Movement
Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute

Hard-wearing, rust-proof, non-magnetic and unaffected by temperature fluctuations, silicon endows the balance spring and pallet lugs with stellar longevity and astronomical precision. Thanks to a 68-hour power reserve this performance can be maintained for almost three days.

The New Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute
Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute

The minimalism of the two pieces is striking. Only the essential is left on the dial: hours, minutes and seconds. Discreet motion work simply tracks the minutes. Jaquet Droz demonstrates here its masterful attention to the tiniest detail: dainty rhodium-plated studs are employed as five-minute markers, introducing a barely perceptible relief, while a rhodium-plated ring lends the motion work a subtle sheen. This composition inspired by the stars is punctuated by the brand’s signature off-centered seconds hand at 9 o’clock. Ringed by an off-centered circle, the hand suggests the revolution of a celestial body in a nod to the Astrale collection.

The Perfect Dress Watch
Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute

These Grande Heure Minute are available in a choice of a slate gray dial with blued hands, or a silver-plated dial with rhodium-plated hands. This duo is a sleek new tribute to the magic of the night skies, dreams of galaxies and the immeasurable poetry of the infinite.

Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute Review
Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute


Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute

Technical specifications:


Ref. J017030240and J017030241


·       Slate-gray or Silvered dial, rhodium-plated applied ring.

·       Stainless steel case.

·       Seconds dial off-centered at 9 o'clock.

·       Self-winding mechanical movement.

·       Power reserve of 68 hours.

·       Diameter43 mm.

Movement: Jaquet Droz 1169.Si, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, double barrel, oscillating weight in heavy metal.


·       Centered hours and minutes

·       Small seconds at 9 o'clock

Jeweling: 31jewels

PowerReserve:68 hours

Frequency: 28,800 v.p.h.


·      Stainless steel case

·      Diameter 43 mm

·      Height 11.77 mm

·      Individual serial number engraved on the case-back

WaterResistance: Up to 3 bar(30 meters)


·      Slate-gray or Silvered dial

·      Applied ring with rhodium treatment

Hands: Rhodium treatment or blued steel

Strap: Rolled-edge hand-made slate-gray or black alligator

Clasp: Stainless steel ardillon buckle


The price for the Jaquet Droz Grande Heure Minute is CHF 8,650.

For more information visit Jaquet Droz Online.