Some five years since it was first launched, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-vous collection adds a new chiming reminder function to the family. Beautifully christened the Rendez-vous Sonatina, the watch chimes a single hammer strike at the appointed hour set by the wearer. While this rendezvous hour feature (indicated by a star and set using the top crown), has featured on Rendez-vous models in the past, the watch runs on the new self-winding calibre 735 that features the hours, minutes, seconds and a day/ night indicator. Sized at 32.8mm, there are two variants offered: one in white gold with an amethyst dial and another in rose gold with a silvered dial.
Celestial bodies also continue to exert their influence on the watchmaker as it adds new models to its Rendez-vous Night & Day, Rendez-vous Moon and Rendez-vous Celestial lines. Previously found only in 29mm and 34mm dimensions, the popular Rendez-vous Night & Day is now offered in a large 38.2mm case in stainless steel or pink gold. The watchmaker has also launched a Rendez-vous Night & Day 34mm in yellow gold, to cater to the rising popularity of yellow gold.
The Rendez-vous Moon Medium in 34mm does away with the sky chart this time round, allowing the moon phase, complete with a sandblasted moon, to take pride of place at 6 o’clock. Offered in pink gold or stainless steel, in leather straps or metal bracelets, they are driven by the self-winding calibre 935 movement that features a moon phase accurate to 972 years.
The slightly larger Rendez-vous Moon 36mm with its gilt dial and dazzling array of diamonds proposes a more glamorous take on the moon phase complication. Featuring more than 150 diamonds, it also has a sky chart and the Rendez-vous hour indicator.
Finally, combining opulence with artistic ingenuity and technical superiority to breath-taking effect is the new Rendez-vous Celestial that comes with a revolving celestial map (as viewed from the northern hemisphere) with zodiac constellation indication. The animated celestial star disc is driven by the self-winding calibre 809 that is fitted with an annual calendar module, accurately displaying the position of the constellations at any given time of the year. The two-part dial brings together some of the in-house meters d’art capabilities of the brand: The outer arc is hand-painted in enamel while the sky chart is presented in a painted lapis lazuli. Echoing the colours of the mystical lightshow of the aurora borealis, the dials and the bezel are decorated in shades of blue and purple, with the sapphires on the bezel deliberately sourced, arranged and set to create a gradating effect.
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