Captivating is a word that aptly describes the night sky over the Vallée de Joux, this secret hollow nestling in the Swiss Jura that gave birth to the Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre
. The sky harbours the origins of time, while the sun, moon and stars are the keys that enabled humankind to tame this impalpable phenomenon. They are thus the be-all and end-all of horology.
In 2015, Jaeger-LeCoultre is keen to share its fascination for the movements of the heavenly bodies, drawing upon these inexhaustible sources of inspiration and using them as a privileged means of expressing its expertise.
An Impressive Panorama
Because they speak to the mind and the heart, calendar complications have the ability to fire the imagination. Lunar calendar, sidereal zodiac calendar… the very terms used to describe them are a voyage into a universe that stretches far beyond our grasp and yet governs us. Through its new creations, Jaeger-LeCoultre illustrates the phenomena observed by ancient civilisations and which punctuate our daily lives. The calendar year represents a complete turn of the earth around the sun. Moon phases gave rise to the week and the month. The 12 hours represent the 12 decans visible during the night of the spring solstice. Minutes and seconds were adopted in order to facilitate complex astronomical calculations. By bringing them within reach of connoisseurs of fine objects, Jaeger-LeCoultre wanted the complete calendar and the moon phase to occupy the place they rightly deserve in our daily lives.
The new Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon is equipped with a new generation of moon phase indication. Once set, the margin of error is one day every 3887 years! This exceptional watch is also equipped with a multi-axis tourbillon. In addition to the axis of its carriage, the ingenious Sphérotourbillon mechanism has a second axis inclined at 20° that counteracts the effects of gravity in all positions. This watch is also equipped with a small seconds hand flyback system that enables the tourbillon to be set to the nearest second.
Inspired by the 19th century timepieces, the new Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel also combines exceptional complications with an extremely clearly-defined aesthetic. Its blue-grained dial displays its perpetual calendar indications in a way that is extremely easy to read. It combines a flying tourbillon with a cylindrical balance-spring that ensures exceptional timekeeping performances.
Fragments of the Sky
To embody the magnetic beauty of the sky, moon and stars, Jaeger-LeCoultre opted for materials directly related to its source of inspiration, such as meteorite stone and lapis lazuli. Meteorites, the shooting stars that cross the sky while leaving a luminous trail, have been crafted by the artisans of the Manufacture with a blend of passion and determination, in order to reveal the beauty they have concentrated across the ages. The new Master Calendar is distinguished by the virtues and indeed the very face of astronomy. Endowed with all the attributes that have forged the success of this line, it is also imbued with a seductive appeal exercising its own laws of gravity, thanks to the choice of meteorite stone to compose its dial.
The highly symbolic lapis lazuli was the favorite stone of ancient kings, who associated its color with the sky chart. Its deep pigmentation is indeed rivalled only by the infinite depths of the heavenly canopy. These rare and mysterious materials are an integral part in the design of the watches, while offering a singular experience through the energy and intensity they convey. While following the aesthetic that is so characteristic of the Rendez-Vous line, the Rendez-Vous Moon watch opens up a new chapter in the catalogue of watch complications for ladies. Equipped with a wide moon phase indication, it seduces thanks to its great legibility and its femininity, expressed by a mother-of-pearl moon display. A mysterious hand in the form of a star subtly indicates the chosen time for your next rendez-vous.
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