This year at Baselworld 2015, just like every other year, the brand wowed everyone with several watches featuring automatons. As you all know, Jaquet Droz's history was marked by his creation of automatons in the 18th century. In 1774, he successfully completed three humanoid automatons —The Writer, The Draughtsman and The Musician— that were presented in La Chaux-de-Fonds and a year later in France to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. This year, we were surprised with three amazing timepieces —fitted with automatons— from Jaquet Droz and here's one of them, we are talking about the new Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower.
This remarkable timepiece featuring Jaquet Droz's iconic figure-eight shaped case, is available in 18K white gold —8 pieces— or 18K red gold —28 pieces. The 18K white gold reference we have here, comes with a snow-set diamond dial totaling 0.65 carats, an 18K white gold butterfly applique with 54 blue sapphires totaling 0.87 carats and a surprising automaton underneath the domed glass on the top part of the figure-eight with a flower that opens and closes on demand. This watch is as similar as it gets to the Tourbillon Fleur presented by Richard Mille earlier this year at the SIHH and which we featured here.
Equipped with a 35 mm case set with 148 baguette-cut diamonds, the opening flower automaton features 18K white gold petals engraved and enameled by hand, while a briolette diamond that swivels both ways. Underneath the flower, there's a small white mother-of-pearl dial with hand-engraved 18K white ring. The watch is equipped with a rolled-edges alligator strap with diamond-set pin buckle and available in a limited edition of 8 pieces for18K white gold and 28 pieces for 18K red gold.
Powered by the automatic calibre Jaquet Droz 615 with platinum oscillating weight, the movement provides a power reserve of 38 hours when fully wound. Now, let's see this feat of horology in action in the short video we've prepared for you while at Baselworld 2015.
Sticker Price CHF250,000 18K white gold and CHF150,000 18K red gold. For more info on Jaquet Droz click here.