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SIHH 2015: Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial

by Chester Lau on January 21, 2015

The distinctive seductive power of the Rendez-Vous Celestial lies in its ability to embellish the woman who wears it. Enriched by the expertise cultivated by the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, the new Rendez-Vous Celestial by Jaeger-LeCoultre subtly distils its horological messages while also showcasing the beauty of a face exquisitely enhanced by Métiers Rares® (rare crafts).

In tribute to astronomy, its flamboyant finery reflects the colours of the sun through the unusual choice of  bordeaux aventurine. The sophisticated aesthetic of this radiant, fiery new creation exercises an irresistible magnetic attraction.

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Rimmed with diamonds and exalted by aventurine, the dial provides a spectacularly beautiful space for the artistry of the gifted artisan. The hour numerals follow the curve of an entirely guilloché crescent shape. This graceful and delicate motif adorns the dial with a gently raised wave, reminiscent of the grand historical tradition of superbly ornate pocket watches.

The elliptical dial opening houses a disc bearing a sky chart. The mechanical automatic movement drives this disc at the almost imperceptible cadence of 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds – a highly symbolic figure for all those who are fascinated by astronomy. The eye darts from one constellation to the next, before losing itself in the infinity of the celestial canopy.
A splendid depiction of the zodiac portrays the sedate dance of the zodiac signs at 6 o’clock. Each of the 12 signs is said to correspond to certain character traits, while the zodiac as a whole is believed to reflect the entire range of distinctive features of the human soul. The signs of the zodiac, along with the various constellations, have been painted on the rotating dial. The artist has drawn inspiration from ancient depictions of the constellations to recreate a charming narrative.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Movement • Mechanical automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 809/1 • 238 parts • 28,800 vibrations per hour • 40-hour power reserve • 42 jewels • 4.47 mm thick • ø 26.60 mm
Functions • Hours, minutes • Sky chart, star-studded disc with zodiac calendar and pointer to indicate a personal rendezvous
Dial • Bordeaux aventurine, guilloché, diamonds and applied numerals
Hands • Hours and minutes: floral-type
Crowns • 1 crown to adjust the sky chart and adjust the hours and minutes • 1 crown to move the star to the desired rendez-vous time
Case • ø 37.50 mm in 18-carat pink gold • Diamond-set welded spring-bars • Polished finish • Bezel, sides and crown set with 139 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 1,94 cts • Sapphire crystals • Water-resistance: 5 bar
Strap • Alligator leather, pin buckle set with a 0.8 mm-diameter diamond
Reference • Q348 25 60

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