Inspired yet again by celestial phenomena, high-end watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre unveil the Rendez-Vous Star and Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star collections.
Both capsules celebrate the horologist’s artistic creativity while reaffirming their technical ingenuity. Drawing on almost 190 years of expertise, the engineers and watchmakers of Jaeger-LeCoultre have developed the new in-house automatic calibre 734, incorporating the new mechanism. The shooting star appears on the dial at random moments – usually four to six times per hour – but may be summoned on demand by turning the winding crown several times.
ENCHANTING TO BEHOLD
The Rendez-Vous Star is offered in a white gold case with a dial in subtle tones of silvery blue and a pink gold case with a dial in soft golden browns. Made of transparent sapphire glass, the uppermost layer is sprinkled with stars and hand-painted on both sides with clouds and a crescent moon. These conceal the shooting star when it is inactive. Beneath this is a rotating titanium circular disc with a cut-out of the shooting star – in an intense night blue for the white gold version and a dark taupe colour for the pink gold version. A three-quarter circle of diamonds defines the trajectory. The bezel is set with a circle of glittering diamonds and the upper surfaces of the lugs and top of the crown are also diamond-set. An alligator leather strap is matched to the dial colour and has a glowing, pearlised finish with a folding buckle.
Fashioned out of blue aventurine (a type of quartz), the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star has three discs layered over each other – the first conceals the shooting star when it is inactive. Beneath it is a cut-out of the shooting star. When activated, this disc spins sending the star on its curving path, revealing the deepest layer – a golden metal with a glowing gradient finish that accentuates the sense of movement.
This central display is surrounded by a ring of applied numerals in the signature floral style along with applied hemispherical hour markers. The bezel forms two concentric rings, the outer of which contains 36 stones in a prong setting. Fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, allowing light to pass through them from every angle and maximising the presence of each stone.
The upper surfaces of the lugs are set with diamonds and an inverted diamond is set into the crown. The rich blue of the dial is complemented by a shiny blue alligator strap with a folding buckle, or by a sumptuous, fully-set pink gold bracelet specially designed for the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star – the bracelet is grain-set with a total of 436 diamonds making up 4.88 carats.