Jaquet Droz timepieces at Damas attract connoisseurs of rare luxury watches

Published December 22nd, 2009 - 10:31 GMT

Damas, the leading international watch and jewellery retailer in the Middlle East, presents in Dubai the outstanding Les Douze Villes and La Rattrapante by Jaquet Droz.

Tamjid Abdullah, Deputy Managing Director of Damas, raved: “Both models are brilliant! Les Douze Villes is destined for those whose lives are characterized by the crossing of different time zones. Meanwhile, taking the measure of time in all of its dimensions... that's the challenge facing the chronographe à rattrapante created for the prestigious Hommage La Chaux-de-Fonds 1738 collection by Jaquet Droz. A masterpiece of the watchmaking art, the chronograph possesses a black Grand Feu enameled dial that has long been a hallmark of the Manufacture, as well as a complex set of red gold hands whose perfect readability constitutes an impressive feat in itself.”

Les Douze Villes
For this timepiece, Jaquet Droz has chosen a black Grand Feu enamelled dial with its unique grain to harbor 12 interpretations of temporality within a mere few square centimeters. Twelve cities, like so many possibilities for different modes of existence, lifestyles and desires… 12 destinations, each with their own history, secrets, memories and encounters… All 12 are displayed on one magnificent watch. Two apertures appear on the dial: the first, at 6 o'clock, indicates the selected city, and the second, at 12 o'clock, displays the local time.

Perfectly centered, an imposing red gold hand marks the minutes, which advance at the same pace whether in Geneva, Moscow or Shanghai. Besides this poetic allusion to the universality of time, the watch features a jumping hours complication in its 43mm red gold case. Inside, two independent plates in simultaneous motion display the time in the selected city by means of a complex mechanism. Worn on a rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather strap, Les Douze Villes features a mechanical self-winding, double barrel movement. Issued in a Numerus Clausus of 88, this exclusive timepiece exudes rare mystique in taking the pulse of the world.

La Rattrapante
This chronographe à rattrapante, with its generously proportioned 45 mm red gold watchcase, can measure two events starting at the same time but of different durations: in turn, the chronograph hand and the rattrapante work together or compete under the supervision of the large date, proudly displayed in an aperture at 12 o'clock.

Thanks to its tachymeter function, the rattrapante can also measure the speed at which the wearer travels in kilometers/hour or the equivalent, an additional complication used to seize Time in all of its various forms, at the very same instant...Issued in a Numerus Clausus of 88, this exquisite chronographe à rattrapante by Jaquet Droz whose only objective is to achieve surpassing perfection in the art of watchmaking, worn on a rolled-edge hand made black alligator leather strap, is for a select few.

Jaquet Droz men’s and women’s watches are available in Damas Les Exclusive Boutiques in Saks Fifth Avenue, Burjuman; Emirates Towers; Burj Al Arab; Wafi ; Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

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