Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower
Adorned with a lotus flower that unfurls its petals on request, the new version of the Lady 8 Flower is an aesthetic and mechanical feat.
In 2013, Jaquet Droz launched its first ladies’ watch, the Lady 8. Its sculptural form evokes the figure 8 – the brand’s tutelary number and a symbol of completeness and infinity – and, following the great tradition of naturalism and the inventive animations of Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790), it was enhanced by a flower automaton.
The Lady 8 Flower is first and foremost a spectacular vision. It manifests the most beautiful simplicity in the roundness of its curves and the lower dial crafted in slightly convex mother-of-pearl. But fashioning such a dial is a true feat, considering how fragile this material is, with its myriad shimmering light effects set off by the meticulously worked hands and a guilloché sunray pattern on the white gold model.
Lady 8 Flower © Jaquet Droz
The upper dial features a lotus flower - a symbol of peace and refinement in Asia, where it is sacred to some cultures. It is sheltered under a sapphire crystal dome. Simply press the push-button at 2 o’clock, and it opens: the six gold petals – polished and satin-brushed by hand – unfurl to reveal a twirling briolette-cut sapphire or ruby in the heart of the flower, illuminating the gold of its petals. Then, very gently, they close again, the better to guard their secret, inherited from age-old jewelry-making traditions passed down within Jaquet Droz.
© Jaquet Droz
Two separate movements drive the watch. Both of them are entirely visible through the back, along with a pirouetting oscillating weight inspired by the beautifully feminine graphic motif of accordion pleats. The Lady 8 Flower this year possesses a 38-hour power reserve and offers a choice of white or red gold case, set with 114 diamonds, each version limited to only 8 pieces.
Case back view © Jaquet Droz
An elegant, outward-looking philosophy that dates back to the Age of Enlightenment is still at the heart of Jaquet Droz's identity. The fine and rare handcrafts practiced at the company’s workshops produce exquisite miniature works of art and automata that combine the best of design with unprecedented levels of horological know-how.Find out more >
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