Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon

Endowed with its powerful and beautifully staged moon-phase display, the Rendez-Vous Moon of Jaeger-LeCoultre extends an enticing invitation to follow the guidance of the most feminine of celestial bodies.

Moon phases play the starring role, exuding an exceptionally powerful presence on this model. Generously proportioned and more radiant than ever, this display vividly reveals the creative freedom that drives the Grande Maison. Full moon, new moon, waxing gibbous, first quarter or first crescent: each and every step in its cycle can be experienced live. The decision to endow this horological complication with a degree of precision testifies to Jaeger LeCoultre’s strong commitment to the development of its new movement. While a classic moon phase shows a one-day deviation every two and a half years, the Rendez-Vous Moon is destined to remain accurate for 972 years.
In this new creation, the pursuit of harmony was more relevant than ever, the aim being to preserve the expressive and distinctive characteristics of the Rendez-Vous line, while giving the moon a space commensurate with its decisive role in setting the cadence of our lives. The crescent of the Rendez-Vous Moon bears a stylised hours arc distinguished by elongated numerals. It tops a disc affording a captivating vision of the heavenly canopy and occupies almost half the dial. The deep blue sky reveals the constellations and shines with a sprinkling of sparkling diamonds. The main highlights of this model, meaning the display of the passing hours and the calendar complication, thus divide up the available territory in a spirit of perfect equity – very much like the RendezVous Moon as a whole, in which technical and aesthetic elements play an equally important part.

Mother-of-pearl was the natural choice to adorn the moon disc. This material is symbolically associated with a variety of feminine, soothing and sometimes even protective virtues, such as smoothing out life’s difficulties and sorrows. The colour and the shimmering iridescence vary from one type of mother-of pearl to the next, but its emotional impact remains unchanged.

Diamonds also take part in this celebration of light, since gem-setting is one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s traditional skills. On the white gold model, JaegerLeCoultre has opted to set the gems dancing along the side of the case all the way to the crowns, bezel and lugs, before unfurling in a glittering diadem above the numerals. The gem-setting thus creates a beaming circle of light both above and all around the watch. It is subtly modified in step with wrist movements. The two crowns are each set with an inverted diamond. One serves to adjust the time and the moon phase. The other guides the moving star serving to personalise time.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has opted to provide two versions of this new model, in 36 and 39 mm diameters. They share several characteristics, including the mother-of-pearl moon disc studded with constellations and sprinkled with cabochons representing the stars. Both versions come on a blue satin strap. The 36-mm Rendez-Vous Moon features a dial bearing blue numerals that echo the deep shade of the sky. Sparkling with the radiant fire of 166 brilliant cut diamonds, this model makes a perfect fit on the daintiest wrists.
The larger 39-mm diameter of the Rendez-Vous Moon is matched by correspondingly enhanced sophistication. The generously sized dial provides ample space for guilloché craftsmanship. The sky of the Rendez-Vous Moon is adorned with this delicate engraving technique performed using a dedicated rose engine that requires a sure hand to create beautifully intersecting motifs.

The resulting pattern is coated with a blue lacquer that induces a unique depth effect, drawing the gaze into the nocturnal expanses of the dial framed by a seductive row of diamonds. A total of 208 brilliant-cut diamonds play their part in the exquisite gem-setting of this captivating creation.

Technical details
Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon

References
Ref. Q3523490: ø 36 mm
Ref. Q3533490: ø 39 mm

Movement
Automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 935
43-hour power reserve
28,800 vibrations per hour
41 jewels

Functions
Hours, minutes
Moon phases
Rendez-vous indicator

Case
18-carat white gold
Diameters: ø 36 mm and ø 39 mm
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 3 bar for ø 36 mm and 5 bar for ø 39 mm

Dial
Blue, gem-set
Mother-of-pearl moon disc
Hands:Hours and minutes: floral-type

Crowns
A crown at 2 o’clock to adjust the rendez-vous indicator and a second crown at 4 o’clock to adjust the time and the moon phases

Gem-setting
ø 36mm: 166 diamonds, approx. 1.46cts
ø 39mm: 208 diamonds, approx. 2.86cts

Straps
Navy blue satin and black satin

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