Jewelry & Watchmaking

Jaeger-LeCoultre: a new Rendez-Vous

Jan 23, 2017 | Parisian Eye

In 2017, Jaeger-LeCoultre is writing a new chapter in the story of its Rendez-Vous collection of women’s timepieces. I could not expect a better occasion to go on a rendez-vous with the Maison; as I took a watchmaking masterclass with the delightful Isabelle.

At the Jeager-Lecoultre atelier, Place Vendôme

An unforgettable experience: the Jaeger-LeCoultre masterclass

It is not everyday that you get an invitation to dive into the world of such an admirable watchmaking Maison, literally penetrating its heart through a private masterclass. This privileged moment took place in an atelier under the guidance of a Jaeger-LeCoultre professional watchmaker, very eager to share her passion.

After getting a technical insight into the world of timepieces – it is always good to check up on your basics – and passionate, endless discussions about the history and main milestones of the Maison, I got the chance to literally take the place of my host in order to work on a Reverso Duo Phase Calibre 986, opening the case with a professional watchmaker tool set in order to study it in details and practice the theory we had seen together at the beginning.

Even better… As she saw how passionate I was, she got me a selection of extraordinary movements to scrutinize: an incredible Calibre 822 in hand chiseled yellow gold, a Calibre 849 (the contemporary version of the movement that was, for a long time, the thinnest in the world), and the sublime Reverso Grande Sun Moon Calibre 873.

Reverso Grande Sun Moon Calibre 873 © Cedric Damour
Calibre 822 in hand chiseled yellow gold © Cedric Damour
Bottom right: a Calibre 849 © Cedric Damour

If this first rendez-vous of the year with Jaeger-LeCoultre was better than what I had expected, the new Rendez-Vous collection of timepieces for women is as gorgeous as the items I got to work on. Originally introduced by the Maison in 2012, Rendez-Vous is a collection bearing all the hallmarks of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers RaresTM (Rare Crafts), impeccable timekeeping accuracy, unrivalled excellence in craftsmanship and the breathtaking artistry of its jewellery designs and settings.

A new day for the Rendez-Vous collection

The new Rendez-Vous collection, once again the result of the combined talents of the watchmakers and craftspeople of the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, is a celebration of horology designed for women, with sophisticated materials in muted and sparkling tones reinforcing the timeless style of these elegant, noble timepieces.

The introduction of a moon phase and a new chiming reminder function, yellow and rose gold options, a larger size and sumptuous straps, all reflect the popularity of the Rendez-Vous collection worldwide, among art, design and watch lovers alike.

A rich gamut of colours, including yellow and rose gold watch cases, takes inspiration from the constantly changing light of the sun and the moon – eliciting colours, reflections and emotions to accompany and inspire a woman every moment of her life, whatever the occasion and wherever she may be.

At the heart of every Rendez-Vous timepiece is an impeccably precise automatic movement coupled with the aesthetic perfection of a rare, precious jewel. The new Rendez-Vous unveils the secrets of watchmaking mastery at its finest, both in technique and artistry – from the elaborate ornamentation of its movement to the elegant adornment of its dial, from the delicate setting of its diamonds and sapphires to the presentation of its timekeeping functions.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Rendez-Vous
Jaeger-Lecoultre Rendez-Vous
Jaeger-Lecoultre Rendez-Vous
Calibre 849Calibre 873Calibre 986Jaeger-LeCoultreJaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers RaresTM (Rare Crafts)Place VendômeRendez-VousReverso Duo PhaseReverso Grand Sun MoonSIHH

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