At Watches and Wonders 2022 , Jaeger-LeCoultre reached for the stars. The venerable Swiss luxury watch manufacture used the leading horological show to announce its theme for 2022, The Stellar Odyssey, with a touring exhibition and a series of themed events to go with it. It celebrates Jaeger-LeCoultre’s long history of translating the mysteries of the stars into masterpieces of timekeeping, and also the broader link between the astronomical phenomena and the history of horology. The new theme was presented at a keynote speech by Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Catherine Rénier, accompanied by astronomer Didier Queloz, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in physics, who is acting as the project’s partner and scientific adviser. Naturally, a whole raft of new celestial watches were also unveiled at the show to accompany the initiative. Among them is a beautiful new home for the Calibre 948 world time complication – the Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 – which has received the attention of the artisans in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers Rares atelier. Why do Gen Z and millennials love second-hand luxury watches? Many world time watches depict the globe on their dials , along with the traditional collection of names of major world cities around its edge; this one is unique in realising it as a dome that floats above the dial bed instead of a flat map. The landmasses of the northern hemisphere are picked out on the dial in white gold and decorated with champlevé enamel, while beneath it, the dial bed represents the sea with a disc of vivid blue translucent lacquer applied over a wavy guilloche pattern. The piece features a universal tourbillon that rotates every 60 seconds and makes a complete circumnavigation of the dial every 24 hours. First launched in 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Calibre 945 is a horological marvel: an immensely complex movement that powers all sorts of stellar complications, including a sky chart, a celestial vault, a zodiacal calendar and a minute repeater. At Watches and Wonders 2022, two head-turning new timepieces were unveiled with the calibre at their heart: the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Galaxia in pink gold and the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Atomium in white gold. Available in limited editions of five each, they feature dials that have been decorated in grisaille enamel by the Métiers Rares atelier, alongside a celestial flying tourbillon that moves around the dial once each sidereal day – meaning Earth’s rotation in relation to the stars rather than the sun. To create two more dazzling new watches – the Rendez-Vous Star and Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star – Jaeger-LeCoultre has built an entirely new complication that animates one of nature’s most spectacular sights, a shooting star. Tourbillons: invented for accuracy, retained for their beauty The Calibre 734 that powers these pieces causes a shooting star to burst across the dial, apparently at random – typically four to six times per hour – plus when it’s activated by the wearer. The Rendez-Vous Star comes with either a white gold case and a dial in silvery blue, or a pink gold case and a dial in golden brown; while the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star comes in a pink gold case with a diamond set bezel and a dial featuring multiple layers of blue Aventurine. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .