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Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower

Jaquet Droz unveiled the first Lady 8 Flower three years ago, marking the brand’s first-ever automaton collection dedicated to women.

This week Jaquet Droz expands this collection with two new watches, each issued in a limited edition of eight pieces.

Each watch is powered byJaquet Droz 615, a self-winding movement with silicon balance spring and pallet horns and platinum oscillating weight.

In the white gold version, the new Lady 8 Flower depicts the Lotus, a spiritual symbol that represents beauty and the cycles of life. Here, gold hands sweep across a dial decorated with floral motifs while a dome-shaped blue Grand Feu enamel dial blooms with Lotus flowers engraved in bas-relief.

The second watch, with its almost translucent white dial, showcases a bouquet of flowers, all carved from mother-of-pearl. Each watch is set with 249 diamonds on the bezel, ring and buckle.

As is always the case with Jaquet Droz, watching the animation is a thrill. When pressed, the pusher at 2 o’clock activates a lotus flower with gold petals that open to reveal either a diamond or a sapphire. The precious stone is also animated, moving in opposite directions as the Lotus opens and closes in a beautifully orchestrated eight-second live-action treat.

As the lotus opens and closes in eight seconds, it displays every facet of the briolette.

Price: $173,500

Red gold model:

Dial: Engraved white mother-of-pearl

Case: 35mm red gold case set with 114 diamonds, total of 1.40 carats.

Functions: Mechanical opening flower automaton movement, hand-engraved petals in 18-karat red gold, rotation of a briolette diamond (0.24 carat) in both directions. Direct manual automaton triggering via a push-button at 2 o'clock. Length of animation: 6 to 8 seconds

Movement: Jaquet Droz 615, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, platinum oscillating weight. Power reserve of 38 hours.

Eight-piece limited edition.

White gold model:

Dial: Domed Grand Feu blue enamel.

Case: 35mm white gold set with 114 diamonds, total of 1.40 carats.

Functions: Mechanical opening flower automaton movement, 18-karat white gold petals, Rotation of a briolette blue sapphire (0.24 carat) in both directions. Direct manual automaton triggering via a push-button at 2 o'clock. Length of animation: 6 to 8 seconds Hand-engraved petals in 18-karat white gold. Total number of diamonds: 249 brilliant-cut diamonds

Movement: Jaquet Droz 615, self-winding mechanical movement, silicon balance spring and pallet horns, platinum oscillating weight, Power reserve of 38 hours.

Eight-piece limited edition.

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