The Lady 8 Flower collection from Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz celebrates femininity in fabulous fashion. An exquisite reflection of the manufacture’s nearly 300 years of horologic artistry, the watch comprises two circular, 18-karat red-gold cases inset to form either a figure eight or the symbol for infinity, depending on the angle viewed. Within the larger case sits the dial’s centerpiece, an 18-karat red-gold butterfly applique set against a guilloche-patterned base. Hands forged from the same precious metal trace the arc of the butterfly’s red, grand feu–enameled wings. As a fitting framework for the display, the case’s bezel is bedecked with 114 brilliant-cut diamonds. Equally stunning is the smaller case above. Under a dome of sapphire crystal, an 18-karat red-gold lotus flower (with hand-enameled petals) rests on a mother-of-pearl disc. Mechanically animated by a pusher at 2 o’clock, the flower blossoms from bud to full bloom, revealing a rotating diamond core. Both the watch’s self-winding mechanism (with a 38-hour power reserve) and that of the animation are revealed through a crystal caseback.
Adding even more dazzle to the dial, an 18-karat white-gold version of the watch shimmers with a bed of 227 snow-set diamonds and butterfly wings formed by 54 blue sapphires, for colorful contrast. Another 82 diamonds grace the bezel of the case, while 22 diamonds add emphasis to the pusher, and 9 diamonds reign over the crown. And for floral flourish, the lotus is also made of engraved white gold.
But while the beauty of the Lady 8 Flower will last lifetimes, availability may be short-lived, as only 28 of the red-gold and 8 of the white-gold pieces have been produced—each priced at $157,500 and $262,500, respectively. (jaquet-droz.com)