Jaeger-LeCoultre truly knows how to make a woman smile. A watchmaker that towers above all in the domain of women’s watches released yet another iconic timepiece this year – The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon. Although the Rendez-Vous collection was first introduced in 2012, it has seen various interpretations… and the moonphase seems to an obvious choice for many. To coincide with the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, La Grande Maison presents a dazzling new interpretation of its most beloved of astronomical complications, the moon phase.
The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon bezel comprises 108 diamonds, forming two concentric rings around the watch case. There’s an airy quality to these glittering circles, thanks to the claw (or ‘griffes’) setting of the outer ring of 36 stones. Designed to maximise the presence of each stone, the setting allows light to pass through the diamonds from every angle, while minimising the visible metal. In Dazzling Rendez-Vous the fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, giving an impression that they’re almost floating around the watch case, rather than anchored to it. To complete the case, diamonds are also set into the lugs and the winding crown. That’s a lot of diamonds now isn’t it. But it doesn’t end there.
For the sparkling fully-set bracelet Jaeger-LeCoultre’s gem- setters have bezel-set 310 diamonds (22.27 carats), linking them seamlessly together to form a river of diamonds that wraps around the wrist as softly as a ribbon.
The moonlight-white mother-of-pearl dial of the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon where the diamonds mark the hours is also surrounded with diamonds. On the main hours ring, each of the applied pink gold numerals is set on a separate mother- of-pearl ‘tile’, all anchored by an inner circle of 47 diamonds.
It is a perfect setting for a romantic and lovely moon phase display. Visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, the new design features a shiny mother-of-pearl moon floating against a starry aventurine night sky, and playing hide-and-seek behind a cloud of carved mother-of-pearl as it cycles through its different phases over the course of a month.
Uniting La Grande Maison’s artistic skills with its renowned technical acumen, the Dazzling Rendez- Vous Moon is powered by the Calibre 925/A1 – a self-winding mechanical movement developed and produced in-house and providing a power reserve of 38 hours. The transparent sapphire case-back reveals some fine decoration and finishing in the classical style: blued screws, circular graining, Côtes de Genève and the pink gold signature winding rotor with Côtes de Genève decoration.