True to its love for minerals and gems, the watchmakers based in La Chaux-de-Fonds have used jewel-cutting techniques to decorate one of its ladies models in a passionate red colour. An ode to love to wear on the wrist.
Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790) was captivated by the beauty of nature and the treasures to be found in it. He always turned to the natural world when decorating his watchers and other timepieces, striving to make real poems to time. His lyrical flame has been constantly kept alive by the “brand with two stars” based in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, as is shown in the new Lady 8 Petite Ruby Heart. This version of a model launched almost one year ago by Jaquet Droz is truly an ode to love, as its release comes just a few days before Valentine’s Day.
To make this exceptional watch with a limited run of just 28 pieces, the brand’s craftsmen and women have painstakingly worked on the heart of a ruby, a delicately veined gem with a red colour half way between raspberry and burgundy. Rubies have been cut to form a disc, a bead and a cabochon displayed on the dial, the upper part of the case and on the crown, respectively. The lancine-style rose hour and minute hands are unobtrusive and the white-dotted minute track even more so, enabling the gems to express all their brilliance.
The Lady 8 Petite Ruby Heart is powered by the calibre JD 615, an automatic movement supplying 38 hours of power reserve. The mechanism runs at 21,600 vibrations an hour and is housed in a 25mm-wide rose-gold case shaped like a number 8, delicately highlighted by a line of 68 diamonds.
This new model by Jaquet Droz is worn with an alligator leather strap matching the dial and a rose-gold folding clasp covered with 23 diamonds.
Price: 28,950 CHF jaquet-droz.com
By Sharmila Bertin