LADY 8 FLOWER
The very poetic new watches from the Lady 8 Flower collection bring beauty to floral art, enhanced by a series of decorative craft techniques. A pure moment of wonder harmoniously orchestrated by Jaquet Droz.
In his lifetime, Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790) charmed the public with an approach to clockmaking that was both ornamental and mechanical, especially with the presentation of his famous android automata, The Writer, The Draughtsman and The Musician in 1774. The astonishment inspired by these three masterpieces is an emotion that Jaquet Droz, the modern company, continues to foster through such masterly works as the Lady 8 Flower. The poetic collection of women’s automata watches was launched in 2015 and today is being expanded to include two new models, with just 8 of each produced.
Beautiful examples of floral art, both watches have a 35mm-wide case, embellished by a double row of 114 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total of 1.40 carats. The dial on the pink-gold version features an engraved white mother-of-pearl bouquet of flowers encircled by 88 gems on the chapter ring. In the centre, two small lancine-style hands display the hours and minutes. In the upper part of the case, shaped like a figure 8, the automata flower deploys its petals with a press on the monopusher at 2 o’clock on the side of the case. At the heart of the corolla, a briolette diamond turns around, highlighting the magic of the Lady 8 Flower.
The second member of this watch pair displays a “Grand Feu” enamel dial where lotuses, symbols of rebirth and spiritual accomplishment, are engraved in bas-relief. The shades of blue and green are interspersed with matchless flowers, blending with the silvery reflections from the white-gold case. The flower automaton is placed on a secondary painted dial and opens up to reveal a sapphire briolette that seems to dance through the air.
These charm-filled timepieces by Jaquet Droz are driven by the calibre JD615, running at a gentle frequency of 21,600 vibrations an hour and providing a power reserve of 38 hours.
Price: 178,200 CHF jaquet-droz.com
By Sharmila Bertin
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