News September 2012

Women have a date with time. With their own time. On their wrist is the new Jaeger- LeCoultre: Rendez-Vous. More than a watch, it embodies a free-spirited and spontaneous personality that is constantly reinvented and perpetually surprising. Behind the regular beat of its Manufacture movement lies a concentrated blend of the creativity that has pervaded the history of the Grande Maison. More than a watch, an encounter. A state of mind.

Rendez-Vous

When invention meets creativity

The Watch Quote™ - September 24th, 2012



Born at the heart of the Vallée de Joux – the cradle of Swiss Fine Watchmaking, far removed from the frantic pace of the city where time is no longer counted but instead rushes relentlessly by – the Rendez-Vous collection proudly proclaims its roots. It embodies the full range of expertise developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre for over 180 years. Within it blossoms the beauty of authentic horology: that which transcends time, the better to tame it. It epitomises the charm of the most beautiful creations, those that set a date with techniques and aesthetics, uniting them in a disarmingly natural manner.



Its femininity is conveyed through every detail of its graceful silhouette. The perfectly matched case and dial provide the perfect backdrop for the mechanical movement. The automatic calibre entirely developed, crafted and assembled in the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshops stages a day/night indicator amid a hand-guilloché décor reflecting the finest Haute Horlogerie traditions. Time serenely takes its place, bathed in the glow of the diamond-set bezel that illuminates each passing moment.



Echoing the 2009 encounter between Diane Kruger and the Manufacture, the Rendez-Vous collection pays eloquent tribute to the personality of this stellar actress. Her innate grace, her cosmopolitan spirit and her choices inspired the feminine world of Jaeger-LeCoultre. A world with no compromises, in which beauty and refinement are expressed through each beat of the mechanisms driving its creations. Ballerina, fashion model, actress, and quite simply a woman, Diane Kruger has always managed to conduct every moment of her life with self-assured determination, perpetually reinventing herself while losing nothing of her natural finesse and elegance. The same can be said for the feminine creations that continue to forge the legend of Jaeger-LeCoultre and testify to the brand’s amazing creative liberty.



The time of the Rendez-Vous is set. Is the eye drawn to the soft relief of the guilloché pattern, dazzled by the sparkle of the diamonds, or captivated by the slow dance of day and night? Each woman has her own answer... But rather than a single feature, it is the entire set of details of the Rendez-Vous watch that invite women to assume full ownership of an object that matches their character. Clearly influenced by the Art Deco movement from which the House has drawn the stylistic essence in order to exalt the beauty of the passing hours, the collection appears in two diameters – 29 and 34 mm – clothed in pink gold or steel and embellished by the finest manually crafted finishes. The 1930s-inspired hour numerals create a subtle link between the brand’s longstanding expertise and its perpetually renewed creativity. Backstage beats the unfailingly regular mechanical automatic movement, of which the oscillating weight and the exceptional finishes may be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.



Like women themselves, the Rendez-Vous watch makes light of conventions. An actress with its finger firmly on the beat of time, it grasps each moment with authentic fervour. A loyal daily companion, it sets the scene for everyday life in a fascinatingly masterful and confident style.



Jaeger-LeCoultre has always devoted special attention to feminine timepieces, in terms of both their aesthetics and their mechanism. This tradition particularly dates back to the first round movements featuring an extremely small diameter, such as the LeCoultre Calibre 7HP created in the 1880s and which equipped enamelled, diamond-set and pearl-beaded watches, often worn around the neck. The 19th century witnessed the emergence of the wristwatch. Contrary to common belief, the first wristwatches were worn by women, before being adopted by men who had long clung to their preference for the supposedly masculine elegance of pocket- watches. At that time, the sleeveless dresses of the Directory and Empire periods revealed women’s arms and wrists, thereby encouraging jewellers to adorn them with a wealth of sparkling creations. Some even had the idea of incorporating a watch mechanism inside these exquisite models. And so the first wristwatches were born: individually commissioned, crafted, and exclusively destined to play a resolutely jewellery-oriented role. Today, the Rendez-Vous collection is paying a new, glowingly self-assured and refined tribute to feminine time.



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Rendez-Vous collection



Women have a date with time. With their own time. On their wrist is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre: Rendez-Vous. More than a watch, it embodies a free-spirited and spontaneous personality that is constantly reinvented and perpetually surprising. Behind the regular beat of its Manufacture movement lies a concentrated blend of the creativity that has pervaded the history of the Grande Maison. Within it blossoms the beauty of authentic horology: that which transcends time, the better to tame it. More than a watch, an encounter. A state of mind.


Rendez-Vous Night & Day



A faithful companion for day-time & night-time alike in a more contemporary size, the Rendez-Vous Night & Day watch features a highly original day & night indicator and a superb guilloché dial, encircled by easily legible numbers, crafted in the purest watchmaking style. A diamond-set bezel lends an additional touch of sophistication to this highly feminine and technically intricate watch powered by a self-winding movement.


Rendez-Vous Tourbillon



For women who love beauty and Fine Watchmaking, the Rendez-Vous Tourbillon is the very essence of watchmaking know-how and tradition. With its self-winding movement, this timepiece houses one of the most fascinating and outstanding watchmaking complications, the tourbillon... With its sheer mastery of horological complications and aesthetics, Jaeger-LeCoultre has created a unique piece of jewellery in which gold, diamonds and inlaid mother-of-pearl portray a twirling heart beating once a second.



Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Enamel



Available in two versions, one with snow-setting, highlighting the various shades of opaque and translucent enamel, the Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Enamel lends the rose a fascinating authenticity. Playfully intertwining bronze and brown hues, this queen of flowers and its dual gem-set heart creeps across the feminine faces.


Rendez-Vous Wild Rose



The very essence of perfection and artistic watchmaking, the Rendez-Vous Wild Rose is adorned with diamonds and mother-of-pearl in fresh and light hues against a white gold background. At the heart of a refined dial lie the day/night indicator and the veins of a leaf, floating an iridescent veil of soft white, pink and deep purple over this most romantic of flowers.

Reinvent Yourself, the making of

A world without compromise enhanced by that of Diane Kruger



A world without compromise, whose beauty and refinement are permeated with each beat of the mechanisms that drive the creations of Jaeger-LeCoultre, their beauty only enhanced by that of Diane Kruger ...







Why should we live only once? As a ballerina, model, actress, or simply as a woman, Diane Kruger has always lived every moment of her life with confidence and determination, continually reinventing herself, while losing none of her grace or elegance.


The Rendez-Vous watch thus pays a fitting tribute to her character. Her grace, cosmopolitan spirit and life choices inspire the feminine universe of Jaeger-LeCoultre...





A tribute to rare crafts

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Haute Joaillerie ladies’ watch collection pays tribute to rare crafts



Sublimating mechanical horology, exalting hand-crafted expertise. Arousing deep emotions and high expectations, desire and fascination. Such are the daunting daily challenges taken up by the artisans of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre. All experts in their own art, they pool their talents to compose truly remarkable symphonies. Jewellers, enamellers, guilloché artists, engravers and watchmakers prove able to create the perfect alchemist’s blend of technique and aesthetics, form and substance, gear wheels and decorative touches, infusing each watch with genuine soul and passion.



The new collection of Haute Joaillerie watches by Jaeger-LeCoultre highlights an art dedicated to serving grace and beauty. The Rendez-Vous Wild Rose and Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Enamel display their refinement in every detail of their elegant silhouette, escorted by the time- honoured manual crafts that the Grande Maison has been faithfully preserving for over 175 years. And what finer tribute could a Manufacture pay to time than to magnify its perpetual renewal through the skill of the human hand?



Displayed by watch hands carved from gold, the hours and minutes express their devotion to traditional watchmaking skills. Among the gifted hands in the workshops in Le Sentier, those that set the stage for enamel, natural mother-of-pearl and diamonds unite their efforts with the nobility of guilloché work and mechanical horology.



Three masterful interpretations of time, three rendezvous with the rare crafts perpetuated within the Manufacture. In their wake floats the heady scent of a rose...

Time blossoms in the Rendez-Vous Wild Rose through a whorl of mother-of-pearl variations in fresh, light shades. The delicately gem-set rosebud exercises its flowery charms on a crown adorned with an inverted diamond, while the day/night indication nestles inside a petal. The layered white, pink and violet mother-of-pearl segments outline the delicate veins of a leaf, wrapping the most romantic of all flowers in a softly iridescent veil. At its heart beats a mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 898B, entirely developed and produced within the Manufacture workshops. The bezel, lugs and middle of the white gold case are hemmed with a row of diamonds that light up its mother-of-pearl marquetry face.



The Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Enamel watches wed the age-old art of enamelling with the clever tourbillon mechanism driven by the famous automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978. Available in two versions, one of which features a snow setting highlighting softly graded shades of opaque and translucent enamels, they set a magnificent stage for the iconic rose motif. Radiating a fascinatingly realistic elegance, the queen of flowers and its double gem-set heart spreads gracefully across the dials. The interplay of golden brown shades, creating subtle monochrome variations against a finely hand-guilloché backdrop, literally breathes life into these exquisite models. The hours and minutes tick by with perfect regularity, while a diamond circle surrounds the mechanical lacework of the tourbillon device at 6 o’clock. Embodying a perfect blend of form and substance, the Rendez-Vous Enamel Tourbillon watches eloquently demonstrate the consummate skill and mastery of the artisans exercising their multiple crafts within the Grande Maison.


Enamelling: an in-house studio

Splendidly embodying the love of detail that has always characterised Jaeger-LeCoultre, the art of miniature enamel painting highlights the absolute beauty of the horological feats accomplished by the Manufacture.

Miniature enamel painting is a discipline that is hardly taught these days and it is thus becoming increasingly hard to find good-quality enamels. As a loyal guardian of the finest watchmaking traditions, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre perpetuates the most ancient techniques applied to decorating watches. It delights in seeking out the most authentic enamels, which it then entrusts to the expert hands of its enamel artists.

Meticulous care, the primordial quality of all watchmakers, also defines the work of the miniature enamel painter. The specialists of the Manufacture all call upon the most refined expressions of their art in personalising the second face of a Reverso, or the dial of the prestigious round watches in the collection, in accordance with the wishes of their fortunate owners.

The patient stage-by-stage crafting of such a work calls for a large number of extremely delicate operations. Before starting the painting as such, the enameller coats the back of the dial plate or the case-back with a layer called counter enamel and designed to prevent any distortion of the metal during firing. The artist then begins the decorative work by applying successive layers of white enamel.

Enriching this enamel base with a range of metallic oxide pigments enables the artist to create a broad spectrum of colours. These vibrant shades of enamel are then applied to the metal with a goose feather or a very fine brush, before being fired in the kiln several times until the exact hue is reached. The ultimate success of the work depends to a great extent on strokes that are as fine and accurate as possible, while each stage of firing at high temperatures (between 800 and 850 degrees Celsius for grand feu enamelling) represents a major risk for the work of art in the making. Moreover, to guarantee the smooth running of the watch mechanism, the enamel artist must display absolute precision in every gesture so as not to exceed the infinitely small tolerances of around 2/10th of a millimetre.

Finally, in order to protect a miniature enamel painting placed on the back of a Reverso, the artisan applies a flux composed of fine layers of transparent enamel serving both as a protective varnish for the miniature painting and to enliven the motif by enhancing the depth and intensity of the colours. This last stage, involving temperatures of over 800°C, implies a number of dangers, since each firing could ruin many hours of patient and meticulous work. Also known as “painting under flux”, this is the most accomplished form of miniature enamel painting due to its immense artistic value and its enduringly stable nature.

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