Mesmerising Jaeger-LeCoultre limited edition timepieces inspired by Aurora Borealis

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  • Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019

There are only 18 of these limited edition timepieces made in the world.

Luxury watches have always been a popular item for collectors in the affluent bracket. Besides it being rare – with a limited amount of timepieces made – its beauty is also defined by its colour, shape, design, fine decoration and finishing.

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary yet mesmerising at the same time, check out Jaeger-LeCoultre, as the high-end brand presents two new interpretations of the Rendez-Vous Celestial available in violet (Q3482591) or turquoise (Q3482590).

Inspired by the Aurora Borealis, Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture is eternally fascinated by the night skies, not only for their magnetic beauty but because they hold the key to mankind’s ability to measure time.

When Jaeger-LeCoultre first introduced the Rendez-Vous in 2012, it was a rare example of a high-complication watch created specifically for women. Since then, this mechanically sophisticated and visually entrancing timepiece has been reinterpreted several times, in different materials.

In this new Northern Lights edition, mother-of-pearl and multi-coloured sapphires take centre stage, uniting two of the Metiers Rares that Jaeger-LeCoultre has so thoroughly mastered – gem-setting, and hand-painting.

Revisiting its much-loved celestial theme on the occasion of the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, Jaeger-LeCoultre was the official partner of the festival for the 15th consecutive year.

The brand was delighted to present a magnificent new interpretation of its alluring Rendez-Vous Celestial watch for women, showcasing its finest creations on the red carpet.

Rénier at the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia.
Rénier at the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia.

At the film festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre chief executive officer Catherine Rénier walked the opening red carpet with Friends of the Maison, Nicholas Hault and Ni Ni, wearing new Jaeger-LeCoultre creations. Other A-listers who wore Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces on the red carpet include renowned French actress Catherine Deneuve and Italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi.

The beautiful pair of Rendez-Vous Celestial jewellery watches pays homage to this otherworldly spectacle, capturing the vivid greens, purples, pinks and blues that stream and dance across the sky.

Asymmetrical in composition, the dial is formed of two sections, set at different heights. On the upper section, the curvy Floral numerals – a signature of the Rendez-Vous collection – are graduated in size, to form a crescent that hovers above the lower dial.

Outlined by an elliptical band of pink gold that draws the eye deeper into it, this lower section carries a hand-transferred imprint of a star chart, together with the signs of the Zodiac and names of the months.

There are only 18 of these limited edition timepieces made in the world.
There are only 18 of these limited edition timepieces made in the world.

Displaying the night sky as it appears above Jaeger-LeCoultre’s home in the Vallée de Joux, the star chart shows the changing positions of the constellations in real time. The automatic mechanical movement Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 809/1 turns the disc counter-clockwise in relation to the stars, almost imperceptibly, in step with the rotation of the Earth in 23 hours, 56 minutes and four seconds.

In this new edition, both sections of the mother-of-pearl dial are hand-painted with swirls of colour that reproduce the ethereal patterns of the Aurora Borealis – flowing seamlessly from the upper to lower dials. Shades of green and turquoise set the tone for one model while purples and blues dominate on the other, as the colours are intensified by the glowing mother-of-pearl beneath them. As the sky disc turns, the pattern of the background colours gently shifts, in a subtle echo of the dancing movement of the aurora.

Whereas, a hand-polished golden star – emblem of the Rendez-Vous collection – is set on the edge of the dial. By turning the second crown, it can be moved into position to mark the time of a special rendezvous.

Set with a dazzling, colour-graduated circle of 64 baguette-cut sapphires, the rich tones of the dial are echoed on the bezel. To complete the gem-set case, the lugs and two crowns are highlighted with diamonds with a matching alligator strap in turquoise or violet to complete these rare timepieces.

A closer look at the turquoise timepiece from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Celestial collection.
A closer look at the turquoise timepiece from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Celestial collection.

With a self-winding movement developed and produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, this joyful expression of the cosmic world is brought to life by the Calibre 809/1. Created especially for the Rendez-Vous Celestial, this technically sophisticated movement incorporates a calendar mechanism to rotate the celestial disc in cadence with the changing night sky.

While the complex movement is testament to the precision and technical skills of La Grande Maison’s finest watchmakers, the finishing and decoration of the movement, displayed beneath the transparent sapphire case-back, reveals their artistry. Fine decoration and finishing includes such details as blued screws, circular graining, Côtes de Genève and the pink gold signature winding rotor with Côtes de Genève decoration.

Offered in a limited edition of 18 pieces for each model, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial brings together La Grande Maison’s artistic skills and technical acumen in a fitting tribute to the beauty of the night sky.

Throughout its 186-year history, Jaeger-LeCoultre has dedicated itself to building a great legacy of watchmaking tradition while constantly creating new watchmaking legends.

To know more about this new collection, visit any Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique or authorised dealer near you, or click on this link.

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