JAQUET DROZ LADY 8 PETITE


WITH SHINING EYES

There are four models – one with two kinds of strap – in the new Lady 8 Petite collection. Delicate and luminous, these watches by Jaquet Droz borrow the brand’s signature aesthetic features, but without lacking their own personality.

Wonder is an art that the brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds has mastered from its early beginnings in the workshop founded by Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790) in 1738. Each new piece, many of which are introduced at BaselWorld, is a moment of magic. Whether you are young or old, expert or amateur, the beauty of Jaquet Droz watches is breathtaking – it is hard not to be touched by their charm. This is the case of the Lady 8 Petite watch, inspired by the Lady 8 that was launched some five years back. While this new, smaller watch borrows its predecessor’s features, it has no lack of charisma.

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The 25cm-wide watch case comes either in steel and adorned with 41 diamonds or in pink gold with 68 of these astonishing jewels. Its interlaced curves form the number 8 – the signature figure of Jaquet Droz – with a mother-of-pearl or jade gem in the upper loop. The loop is mobile, which means you can roll the gem between your fingers, in the same way people like to play with their rings. The case back is protected by sapphire glass, revealing part of the calibre JD 615, an automatic movement that brings the lancine-style hour and minute hands to life on the dial and supplies a power reserve of 38 hours.

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The Lady 8 Petite comes with three different dials, with the hour rim made up of black and white dots: an aventurine and navy blue surface peppered with silvery sequins; a white mother-of-pearl dial with iridescent reflections, highlighted by the brilliance of the diamonds; and the copper-champagne coloured mother-of-pearl version.

On this new Jaquet Droz watch, the straps help towards the overall aesthetic appeal, thanks to the double-looped strands made of black or blue grained veal skin or brown glazed satin alligator leather, first and foremost. Then (and above all!) there are bejewelled straps made of pink gold set with 192 diamonds and Akoya pearls and half-round pearls or jade.

Price from 14,800 CHF (jewelled steel version and mother-of-pearl with leather) to 95,050 CHF (jewelled pink gold and jade version) jaquet-droz.com

By Sharmila Bertin





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