The demand for Jaeger-LeCoultre’s women’s watches has grown significantly over the past few years thanks to the maison’s unique approach to creating complications for feminine timepieces. Following last year’s successful launch of the Reverso collection, Jaeger-LeCoultre updates its much-celebrated Rendez-Vous collection this year.
Possibly Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most feminine collection as compared to the Reverso and the Master, Rendez-Vous has brought together the house’s expertise in both technical complications and artistry to create timepieces for women.
The iconic Rendez-Vous Night & Day is updated with new sizes and a variety of materials including yellow gold – introduced for the first time in the collection. The case sizes range from 34mm diameter for the medium version to 38.2mm for the large version. All watches feature an automatic mechanical movement with a 40-hour power reserve.
Variations of the new iconic models are also available with an upgrade of the much sought-after moon-phase complication.
The Rendez-Vous Moon Medium – available in 34mm-diameter steel or 18ct rose gold – features a sandblasted finishing moon phase display.
“In French, there’s a saying that if you love someone, you’d catch the moon for her and that was the idea,” says Janek Deleskiewicz, creative director of Jaeger-LeCoultre. “I told my team that we need to catch the moon and put it on her wrist.”
The moon features a sandy finish to add depth to the colours. It also required craftsmen to capture the varying faces of the moon with its reflections and shadows using their artistic strokes.
A more elaborate version of the piece is the Rendez-Vous Moon, which comes with a 36mm-diameter rose gold case set with diamonds on the bezel and a semicircle on the dial above the hour numbers. The dial size is slightly bigger compared to the Rendez-Vous Moon Medium. It features a gold satin-brushed dial with appliqué numeral indicators and a moon disc rendered in mother-of-pearl. The power reserve is also 40 hours, and it is water resistant to 30 metres.
The Vallee de Joux-based Swiss watch manufacturer is known for its vertically integrated production, technical expertise and innovations such as the Gyrotourbillon.
And if just having the moon on your wrist is not enough, Jaeger-LeCoultre has captured the constellation on the dial of the Rendez-Vous Celestial.
The exceptional piece is rendered in white gold – its bezel set with graduated blue and pink baguette-cut sapphires.
The dial, inspired by the Aurora borealis,features enamelling, and the celestial chart disc is made from hand-painted lapis lazuli. The beautiful dial is matched with a 37.5mm-diameter case. Running on the automatic Calibre 809/1, the piece has a 40-hour power reserve.
“When we worked on the celestial moon, we wanted to create a more realistic one so we worked around a satellite picture [of the actual universe],” Deleskiewicz says.
Having been with the brand since 1987, Deleskiewicz has seen a steady growth in women collectors. “When I first joined, the women’s segment was small and it took us 10 years to promote it,” he says.
This year’s new addition to the Hybris Artistica series – the Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse – demonstrates the maison’s know-how in both mechanisms and craftsmanship.
The women’s timepiece features an orbital flying tourbillon. The 39mm-diameter white gold case is encrusted with diamonds using the house’s signature snow-setting technique. Its elegant mother-of-pearl dial is covered in gold leaf while diamond-encrusted ivy leaves adorn the bezel.
“It was a challenging piece,” Deleskiewicz says. “Each leaf is made by hand for fluidity. Ivy for me is very romantic as it represents rekindled love.” Only one unique piece is available in white, blue or red.
The Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse men’s timepiece also features an orbital flying tourbillon with hand-guilloche details and a unique artistic expression with a 42mm diameter, 18ct pink gold case, limited to only five pieces. Mother-of-pearl strokes create a filigree pattern across the watch’s mysterious blue aventurine dial. The intricate lacework is made possible by artisanal skills including chamfering, polishing and chiselling.
The other masterpiece from the men’s collection highlights the maison’s technical innovation. For the first time, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a flying tourbillon with universal time, allowing the time in 24 cities around the world to be read simultaneously.
The work of art is the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time, limited to 100 pieces only. The tourbillon rotates around itself and the blue guilloche dial. The unique feature of the world timer piece improves readability thanks to the luminescent material used on the flange of the dial and the hands. The universal time can be set with a single crown.
Apart from the impressive line-up of wrist watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre revisits its sold-out Marc Newson Atmos clock this year. The second collaboration with the renowned designer is the Atmos 568 which reveals the mechanism in a transparent crystal globe. The perpetual moon phase indication only needs to be adjusted once every 3,861 years.