While the history of Fine Watchmaking is studded with inventions and technical accomplishments, one of them in particular opened up whole new vistas for the entire field: the Calibre 101. Created in 1929 in the workshops of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, this prodigious feat of micromechanical engineering has been a watchmaking icon for 80 years. 80 years of uninterrupted history, of consistent advancement and creativity.
This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre chose the Venice Film Festival as the venue in which to celebrate the world’s smallest movement. Six very different and equally stunning watches commemorate this anniversary with a blend of grace and inspiration, treating the infinitely small to an infinitely broad variety of expressive variations.
Joaillerie 101 1938
A journey through time to the artistic wealth of the 1930s, this re-edition of a 1938 model features a streamlined case adorned with two rows of baguette cut diamonds. The bracelet naturally extends the dial, while a geometrical frieze pattern meticulously engraved on the sides highlights its Art Deco profile.
Joaillerie 101 Feuille
Simplistic and refined, a leaf alights on the wrist and encircles it with radiant elegance. Its luxuriant and delicate lines enhanced by brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds conceal the Calibre 101. The leaf-shaped cover can be raised to reveal the passing hours and minutes, and then closed again to help one forget time altogether.
Joaillerie 101 Nodo
Two gold ribbons adorned with baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds matching their smooth, supple texture are tied in a graceful bow over the dial. Radiating a sense of vibrant movement evoking that of a rich fabric, this secret watch unites Haute Horlogerie and Haute Couture to make a truly striking effect. Inspired by a Jaeger-LeCoultre heritage model, it reconciles the angles of the case with the rounded curves of its face hidden beneath a bed of gemstones. Historical yet contemporary, daring and yet demure, it is nurtured by a set of fascinating paradoxes – very much in fact like women themselves!
Joaillerie 101 Résille
A bevy of blue and pink sapphires escort diamonds in magnifying the beauty of Calibre 101. The gems arranged in graded shades of color express delicate artistry calling for a broad range of precious stones required to create such a flowing merge of hues, an effect further accentuated by the extreme suppleness of the watch gently embracing the wrist. Symbolizing a blend of rigorous technical expertise and sensual aesthetics, it vividly embodies the patience and talent of craftsmen at the peak of their art.
Grande Reverso 101 Art Déco
, men’s and ladies’ models
When the infinitely small is given pride of place at the heart of one of the largest Reverso watches, the parade of time becomes an intriguing illusion. Enchantment pervades the transparent intricacies of a model in which Calibre 101 appears to be floating in mid-air. Time suspends its flight…
To learn more about the Jaeger-LeCoultre 101 and their other amazing timepieces please visit their website at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
or call 1-800-JLC TIME.