Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Collection 2013 – Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar, Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Night & Day and Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Wild

This year, the Rendez-Vous collection is reinventing itself in order to further enhance its appeal. The new models embody a concentrated blend of creative freedom, along with the horological and hand-crafted expertise that has been guiding the history of the Grande Maison for 180 years.

The rendezvous is set, as time takes on its true dimension, duly admired and appreciated, intensely experienced on a personal daily level. Responding to its invitation to join its graceful dance come the subtle relief of a delicate guilloché pattern, the shining feathers, the perfection of a perpetual calendar or the beauty of a tourbillon.

Fascinating as much in terms of their supreme mechanisms as of their Art Deco inspired design, three new models enrich a collection that became instantly iconic at the time of its launch in 2011. They are in direct line from the amazing Rendez-Vous Celestial watch, a tribute to the Rare Crafts cultivated within the Manufacture and presented at the latest edition of the SIHH.

Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar
Powered by an automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868, visible through the sapphire crystal case-back, the Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar watch reveals the complexity on its dial with impressive natural grace. The pure design combines classical elements with the aesthetic inspiration of the Grande Maison, all within a 37.5 mm diameter and while ensuring optimal readability.

Swept over by the hour, minute and central seconds hands, three counters are dedicated to displaying the perpetual calendar indications: the day of the week at 9 o’clock, the date at 3 o’clock and the month at 6 o’clock. The number of the year in progress appears through a window at 7 o’clock, while the 12 o’clock moon-phase subdial crowning the perpetual calendar lends a delightful sense of visual balance.

A crown set with an inverted diamond enables simple and smooth handling of all the temporal indications: a single adjustment moves the perpetual calendar one day forwards, while the rest of the information relating to the Gregorian calendar is automatically adjusted. The mechanism naturally takes account of the unequal length of the months and requires no manual adjustment until March 1st 2100.

Technical details
Model: Rendez-Vous Perpetual Calendar

Movement
Automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868
28,800 vibrations per hour
38-hour power reserve
33 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day, month, year, moon-phase, perpetual calendar

Dial
Silvered, guilloché
Hands: Hour and minute: floral-type

Crown
1 crown to wind the watch and to adjust the hours and minutes

Case
ø 37.5mm in 18-carat pink gold
Welded lugs
Polished finishing
A total 1.78 carats of diamonds
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Straps and bracelet
Black alligator leather with 18-carat pink gold folding clasp

Reference
Q3492420

Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Night & Day
Cultivating the legacy of the Rendez-Vous Tourbillon models presented in previous years, the new Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Night & Day has opted to free its chapter ring from the standard separations between the 1930s inspired numerals so as to give pride of place to the complications. The dial features an exquisitely poetic guilloché motif that reinforces the contemporary femininity of the model.

The central, delicately ribbed guilloché pattern subtly evokes the ripple of wild silk. Thus adorned and framed by a diamond-studded bezel, the dial provides a worthy backdrop for the tourbillon device at 6 o’clock featuring a case with a new and lighter bridge as well as the night and day indication at 12 o’clock provided by a hand that creates a fascinating depth of field. The powdered gilded dots in the centre punctuate the radiant feminine elegance of this model.

The mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978C, reveals its Fine Watchmaking finishes through the 39 mm-diameter sapphire crystal case-back, adorned with a row or diamonds circling the case. The 22-carat gold oscillating weight travels gracefully to and fro above the circular-grained, hand-drawn and decorated bridges embellished with a Côtes de Genève motif.

Technical details
Model: Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Night & Day

Movement
Automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978C
28,800 vibrations per hour
48-hour power reserve
33 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, Tourbillon
Night & day indicator

Dial
Silvered, guilloché with gold-plated night & day indicator
Hands: Hour and minute: floral-type

Crown
1 crown to wind the watch and to adjust the hours and minutes

Case
ø 39mm in 18-carat pink gold
Welded lugs
Polished finishing
A total 2.45 cts of diamonds
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Straps and bracelet
Black alligator leather with 18-carat pink gold folding clasp

Reference
Q3412407

Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Wild
The new Rendez-Vous Wild invites several time-honoured manual crafts to unite their talents in generating emotions.

Crafted in keeping with the brand’s cherished Art Deco spirit, the superb complication whirls at 6 o’clock against the fan-like backdrop of diamonds, mother-of-pearl and genuine feathers. Noble and precious materials combing their textures and hues in a fabulous stylised marquetry creating striking contrasts between its straight lines and angles set against the rounded curves of the white gold case.

The graded shades of blue inspired by the royal kingfisher running from intense to softly muted hues are highlighted by the snow setting artistically sprinkled here and there. The natural feathers, which require extremely delicate handling, are of a radiant blue that echoes the splendours of Chinese jewellery from the Qing dynasty – born in the 15th century and which inspired the most beautiful tiaras and crowns of the following centuries.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978 mechanical movement with its finishes crafted in keeping with the noblest horological traditions can be viewed through the back of the 39 mm-diameter case. The Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Wild watch comes in a 100-piece limited edition.

 

Technical details
Model: Rendez-Vous Tourbillon Wild

Movement
Automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978
28,800 vibrations per hour
48-hour power reserve
33 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, Tourbillon

Dial
Genuine feathers, different types and colours of mother-of-pearl and diamonds set in the snow-setting technique
Hands: Hour and minute: floral-type

Crown
1 crown to wind the watch and to adjust the hours and minutes

Case
ø 39mm in 18-carat white gold
Welded lugs
Polished finishing
A total 3.10 cts of diamonds
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Straps and bracelet
Blue alligator leather

Reference
Q3413405, 100-piece limited edition

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