In 1784, French watchmaker Jaquet Droz designed a pocket watch called the Grande Seconde. Almost three centuries later, Jaquet Droz will debut its first sport watches inspired by the iconic 18th-century pocket watch. The new sporty models incorporate intertwining subdials (evoking the mathematical symbol of infinity) and alternating Arabic and Roman numerals?features both seen on the original pocket watch. The collection, dubbed the Hommage Geneve 1784, includes two styles designed using sturdy materials such as ceramic cases and rubber straps to withstand various environmental conditions.
The Grande Seconde SW and the Reserve de Marche Ceramique are made in a limited edition of only 88 numbered models, and each utilizes a 68-hour power-reserve indicator and is housed along a rubber strap. The Grande Seconde SW, $13,500, and the Reserve de Marche Power Reserve, $20,000, are available for order now, and the first models will be delivered by the end of the year. (888.866.0059, www.jaquet-droz.com)