Jaquet Droz is about tactile enjoyments. From impeccable veneer dials and the quest for uncommon métiers d’art to energized automata like the rotund gold angel being drawn by a butterfly chariot and tweeting birds on moment repeaters, this is one brand that realizes how to connect with the faculties. The Lady 8 plays on the arousing quality and imagery of the figure eight and is returned to in 2018 in this superbly petite model with a shining blue aventurine dial or a stylish red gold mother-of-pearl variant. Fitted with a programmed development, the breadth of the case gauges a petite 25mm and the watches highlight a round ball around early afternoon that rolls easily under the finger.
The Chinese connection
Jaquet Droz has a truly rich brand legacy and, since the 18th century, is the aphorism for automata – those mysterious mechanical wonders (singing birds, melodic snuff boxes, and so forth) that pleased the regal courts of Europe and are prized gallery pieces today. China’s Imperial Court got wind of these remarkable energized mechanical miracles and in excess of 600 pieces were requested by the Qianlong Emperor and the Mandarins over a time of ten years. Pierre Jaquet-Droz was, essentially, one of the principal European clockmakers to import items to China. This unique relationship with China continues right up ’til the present time and a large number of the brand’s unmistakable plans have an association with the Far East.
The utilization of the number 8, viewed as the most fortunate number in Chinese culture and an image of limitlessness, has become a leitmotif at Jaquet Droz alongside representative Asian verdure, for example, the lotus blossom and butterflies. At the point when Jaquet Droz was obtained by the Swatch Group in 2000, architects were enchanted by an especially exquisite Jaquet Droz pocket watch of 1784, which roused the making of the symbolic Grande Seconde in 2002. With its hours and minutes counter and converging little seconds counters shaping a figure eight, the refined plan has become a foundation of the brand’s revival.
Jaquet Droz is additionally eminent for its utilization of semi-valuable stones and the 12 PM blue dial of this model appears as though it has been cut straight out of a starry evening sky. Sparkling with glimmering stars, the dial and the upper fragment of the number eight case is set with aventurine glass. Not aventurine stone, but rather aventurine glass (otherwise called goldstone), which was purportedly found by a 18th-century glass blower in Murano when he coincidentally dropped some copper particles into liquid glass and saw how the glass began to shimmer. For this situation, the blue aventurine is upgraded with cobalt or manganese to procure the shimmering speckles.
Housed in a 25mm tempered steel case with a stature of 9.60mm, the watch is set with 41 splendid cut precious stones outlining the circle around early afternoon and covering half of the bezel on the primary dial. Presenting a metal ball produced using aventurine in the top piece of the case adds volume and profundity and you can roll the ball around with your finger. Another lovely detail, intended to underscore the well proportioned and exotic state of the case, is the manner in which the strip of precious stones embraces the shapes of the case tightening tenderly in size as they progress down the bezel towards the crown. The hour and minutes hands are created in 18k white gold and the hour, and moment track is composed of a round grain theme to coordinate the brilliant foundation. The seat cut twofold visit blue calf leather tie comes with a hardened steel ardillon clasp set with a further 23 diamonds.
A more extravagant interpretation of the Lady 8 Petite is this 18k red gold model gleaming with an aggregate of 91 splendid cut precious stones and a mother-of-pearl dial. Profoundly female, the Lady 8 Petite Mother-of-Pearl model takes advantage of the progressing vogue for shining nacre dials that gleam with regular glow. The view of feathery mists made by the mother-of-pearl on the dial is topped by a gleaming (and moving) Asian Akoya pearl, and the crown, as you may expect, is set with a mother-of-pearl cabochon. More extravagant than her aventurine sister, this model highlights an aggregate of 68 splendid cut jewels that tighten around the forms of the case with an extra 23 precious stones set on the red gold ardillon clasp on the single beige gator tie with no stitching.
Both watches include a presentation caseback for a perspective on the mechanical self-winding development – type Jaquet Droz 615 – with a 38-hour power save, a recurrence of 21,600vph and a silicon balance spring and bed horns. In pride of spot, the fan-molded rotor – in red gold or hardened steel – shows the scalloped guilloché etching and the brand’s logo looking like two stars.
Available in five varieties, the red gold adaptation retails for EUR 27,000 and the tempered steel model for EUR 15,900. For more data on every one of the five models, if it’s not too much trouble, counsel www.jaquet-droz.com .