Who needs flowers when you have Jaquet Droz’s blooming Lady 8 Flower watch?

Categories:Jewelry & Watches

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Back in 2013, celebrated watchmakers Jaquet Droz created their first ever women’s watch: the feminine and intriguing “Lady 8”, this year the brand is revisiting this classic style and adding a few upgrades. 2016’s Lady 8 Flower features the same figure 8 shape but this time the top dial has been adorned with a flower that literally blooms for the wearer.

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The flower automaton takes the form of a lotus, a flower that symbolises peace in some Asian cultures. Under its sapphire crystal dome, the six petal flower opens up when you press the push-button at 2 o’clock. Gold petals surround a briolette-cut sapphire or ruby which marks the center of the flower.
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Meanwhile the actual watch dial is made from white mother-of-pearl. The white gold version has an intricate guilloché sun-ray pattern that we adore. The watch is powered by two movements, one for the flower automaton and one for the actual watch. Both movements are visible through the transparent caseback. The self-winding Caliber 29 watch movement offers a 38 hour power reserve. Also visible through the back is a pirouetting oscillating weight inspired by an accordion pleat motif.
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The watch is available in white and rose gold variants and is limited to just 8 units of each. Both versions have cases encrusted with 114 diamonds, but the white gold is our favorite thanks to the charming sunray design on the main dial. An alligator strap in black (for the white gold watch) or brown (for the rose gold watch) complete the timepiece.

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