The name “Vendôme” has almost magical associations in the world of jewellery and watchmaking. This majestic square at the heart of Paris has long been a source of inspiration for jewellers and watchmakers, whether they be French or Swiss. Today on WorldTempus, Olivier Müller considers how the Place Vendôme has found its way into different watches in a variety of ways.
On 21st June, Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank watch comes up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Ming Liu takes a detailed look at this historically significant piece, from a collection that celebrates its centenary this year, as well as a couple of other stars from the sale, tomorrow, with the help of Eric Wind, senior watch specialist and vice president at Christie’s.
The 2017 Jaeger Lecoultre Watches 1960’s Replica Master trio all endure roughly the exact same sector dial design, skeletonised baton hands, and black markers together with light blue accents. The Master Date and Geographic are 39mm wide while the Master Chronograph is 40mm. These are in steel, with sapphire crystals, in house automatic motions, and 50 meters of water resistance.Organized by many accessibly priced, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date (mention 1548530) is a charmer. With a straightforward but detailed two-tone dial, the outer element is brushed while the inner circle is grained, and the effect is lovely. The industry markings are black and the date display uses a snowy date wheel using glowing blue numerals. The palms, much like all 3 versions, are a skeletonised baton design that looks black in individual but shows as blued steel on JLC’s website.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Mater Control Date’s 39mm-wide case is merely 8.5mm thick, as a result of the slim JLC 899/1 automatic motion inside. The 899/1 is a 4Hz movement using a 38-hour power book given with one barrel. On wrist, the Date is easy-wearing and beautiful, with a slender profile and excellent legibility. This 12-hour chronograph includes a 30-minute sub dial without a date. The equilibrium of the dial layout is not to be understated and of the three new models, the chronograph actually puts the blue accents to best use. The outside tachymetre scale along with the chronograph scales are all left in this trendy, saturated light blue. Combined with the stark legibility of the black accents along with the baton hands, the blue manages to add a young flare to the design.
This week I review the latest models in the Vintage collection from Bell & Ross, exploring how these military and aviation inspired watches have evolved in what is now their third generation. Meanwhile, David Chokron focuses his attention on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre collection.