The unspoilt lush green landscapes of the cradle of watchmaking, the Vallée de Joux inspire the latest inception at Jaeger-LeCoultre. Emulating the true feminine essence, the latest rendition of the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Night & Day is presented this year in green – an homage to the blissful abode of unadulterated nature of the valley nestled within the Jura Mountains. Just as the cosmic cycles inspired the master watchmakers at JLC to develop a perpetually beloved complication indicating the night and day, the fields and forests of the valley impel designers and artisans of the coveted Manufacture.
Adorning a pink gold case, this automatic winding timepiece is graced by a glowing green sunray-brushed dial. The watch is born on a sophisticated rectangular scale alligator green leather strap matched with the beautifully warm clasp all polished to a high finish. The omnipresent spirit of fine watchmaking and the alluring codes of high jewellery are inseparable allies in this new rendition of the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Night & Day. The timepiece evokes a bright shimmering allure thanks to the sizzling radiance of its 168 diamonds.
The bezel is set with 108 brilliant cut diamonds forming two concentric rings around the case. The airy quality of the gems owes to the claw (or ‘griffe’) setting of the 36 stones on the outer ring. Exhibiting the degree of attention to detail lavished on every single square millimetre on this timepiece is the claw setting, a classical jewellery technique that demands great precision. This gem-setting craft maximises the presence of each stone by facilitating an unbarred illumination of the surfaces while minimising the visible metal. The fine gold claws elevate the diamonds to give an impression that they are floating around the watch case rather than anchored to it. An inverted diamond set into the winding crown along with the tri-gem setting on each of the four lugs completes the case aesthetic.
So, what is different about this watch?
A circle of 47 diamonds in the center of the dial serves to highlight the Night & Day feature. A crescent moon of pink gold against a starry sky slowly gives way to a gleaming golden sun as the disc on which they are mounted rotates once every 24 hours. Hours are indicated by applied Arabic numerals in the signature Floral style, and the polished golden hemispheres are another hallmark of the Rendez-Vous Dazzling.
A tasteful design complemented by unrivalled mechanical complexity
The poetic logic of the watch prominent with the night/day distinction complication is ultimately romantic and thanks to the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture Calibre 898, mechanically sophisticated. The sapphire exhibition case-back gives view to fine decoration and the following classic finishing techniques performed on the in-house free-sprung 38 hour power reserve movement executed entirely within the manufacture: Blued screws, circular graining on the wheels, and Côtes de Genève (Geneva Stripes) on the plates and the open-worked pink gold winding rotor.
Cultivating a timeless affection for traditional horological crafts while expressing the same in a contemporary charm, the new Rendez-Vous Dazzling Night & Day evokes unfaltering excellence. The watch fosters an honest dedication to precision and creativity synonymous with the horological prowess of the master watchmaker that is Jaeger-LeCoultre.