As partner of the festival for over 12 years, Jaeger Lecoultre Watch Video Replica unveiled an exclusive artistic edition of Rendez-Vous watches to mark the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Since its launch in 2012, the Rendez-Vous collection has always been associated with the world of cinema. This year once again, the Manufacture chose the romantic ambiance of the Most Serene Republic to present its new feminine pieces. The latest masterpieces issued from the Grande Maison’s Métiers Rares “Rare Handcrafts” workshop, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina pieces express three different stages of romantic feelings: seduction, romance, and love. Each one is released as a limited edition of eight pieces.
New models features
The pink gold Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large incorporates complications intended for incorrigible dreamers. Adjusted using the crown at 2 o’clock, a star indicates a future rendezvous with a delicate chiming sound. Could it symbolise the next meeting with one’s beloved? Like a soft whisper, this reminder of a rendezvous is complemented by another complication, the day/night indication. Housed at 6 o’clock in an aperture shaped like the flowers painted on the dial, the sun and moon take turns to perform a never-ending dance that evokes romantic reverie by day and by night.
These typically feminine complications are characteristic of the Jaeger Lecoultre Dress Watch Replica 735 Calibre with automatic winding and are accompany this generously sized 38.2 mm diameter Rendez-Vous model.
The yearly Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is, as the title would suggest, a series predominantly composed of watchmakers producing watches which signify the top echelons of watchmaking. Six-figure price tags are a dime a dozen on the display floor. When I first watched the new Master Control Date using a sector dial in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s stall, I knew I needed to get some time with it in my wrist, but once each conversation I had with journalists, collectors, and other industry friends kept coming back to some $5,700 time-and-date watch, I knew we had something special on our hands.Openworked tourbillons and decimal striking watches are great, sure, but if we’re being honest, they are show pieces over anything else. Very few will ever be made, and very few will ever really be worn out-and-about. I am not saying I do not like such watches — I find them endlessly fascinating and lust-worthy — just that I find watches such as this Jaeger-LeCoultre much more compelling in the long run. It’s a easy watch that offers real watchmaking inside, has a distinctive design, and comes in at a price that makes it cheap to some comparatively large swathe of their watch-loving population.Let’s look at how the new sector dial Master Control Date came about and then dig into the details of the watch itself.The Master Control collection made its debut for Jaeger-LeCoultre back in 1992. The thought was to create a line of watches which represented the worth of pure, classic watchmaking, having a concentration on simple aesthetics, functionality, understated technology, and long-term performance. Along with the initial assortment of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre started its “1,000 Hours Control” quality test program, which subjects completed watches into a six-week program of tests. This includes impacts, temperature changes, movement through six places, water resistance, and more — it’s all pretty standard stuff today (though six weeks is a great deal of time for something such as that), but in 1992 that was essentially unheard of.
A creation by the “Rare Handcrafts”artisans
The ingenuity of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watchmakers sits alongside the incredibly delicate artistry of the Métiers Rares “Rare Handcrafts” artisans. These pieces call on no fewer than three crafts: guillochage, painting on mother-of-pearl, and gem-setting.
The mother-of-pearl dial is decorated by hand with a guilloché motif that stretches across its entire surface, before being coated in a slightly tinted layer of paint to give it a graceful gleam. Then, for the first time, the Manufacture’s artisans have produced a miniature painting by hand on the mother-of-pearl. The results are supremely subtle, with all the details appearing truer than life. Some parts of the painting, such as the birds, have been covered with a layer of clear lacquer to add an impression of depth and to play with the material. Born of artistic inspiration renewed with the artisan’s every brushstroke, each of the Métiers Rares “Rare Handcrafts” dials features a miniature work of art with its own personality. Each dial is therefore unique, despite belonging to the same series of eight pieces.
Meanwhile, the master gem-setter has enhanced each piece with precious stones. The bezel is adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds that bring out the poetic creation on the dial. A line of these eternal gemstones runs above the iconic Rendez-Vous collection numerals on the flange to echo the string of stones that delicately surround the dial’s central painting. To complete the decoration of this watchmaking treasure, the gemsetter has also inserted diamonds into each side of the case. This thoughtful addition gives prominence to dreams from every angle.
From seduction to love
Each painting adorning these pieces is an original Jaeger Lecoultre Platinum Watches Replica creation. The first stage of romance is embodied by the Rendez-Vous Sonatina “Séduction”. Two swallows soaring over a lavender field embody this moment, a time of discovery and heightened emotions as lovers get to know one another, a theme often central to major film productions. Symbolising freedom and happiness, the birds appear to be performing a romantic ballet as they glide gracefully across a guilloché mother-of-pearl sky. The mother-of-pearl is dressed in twilit shades of blue and purple. The birds’ every detail is painted with painstaking care, showcasing the artist’s spellbinding talent of recreating the feathers of outstretched wings. A flower-shaped aperture housing the day/night indicator emerges from the heart of the deep lavender-blue plants, as if to provide a window on the rapid passing of time experienced by those falling in love.
Rendez-Vous Sonatina © Jaeger-LeCoultre
After seduction comes romance, a time when the heart is filled with the image of the beloved. The Rendez-Vous Sonatina “Romance” depicts this state of endless reverie with a kingfisher perched on the branch of a blossoming cherry tree. A symbol of peace and prosperity with its blue and orange plumage, the kingfisher seems to forget the passing of time. Associated with life’s important moments, such as romantic encounters, the blossoming cherry tree is magnificently recreated in graduated shades of pink and white. Delicate pink paint on the guilloché mother-of-pearl further enhances the intense colours of the petals.
Rendez-Vous Sonatina © Jaeger-LeCoultre
The last model of the limited editions, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina “Amour”, depicts the enduring bliss of love. Above a patch of peonies, two magpies fly alongside one another, recreated in graduated shades of green shifting from turquoise to sea-green. Symbols of happiness, these birds appear to be delighting in unison at their journey together. The peonies, often associated with wealth and honour, also embody this romance, and are considered to bring good luck and promise a happy marriage. The cleverly created blend of harmonious greens across the dial gives this extremely poetic model a great softness.
Rendez-Vous Sonatina © Jaeger-LeCoultre
These latest creations, reminder of the power of love, reveal the virtuosity of the Are Jaeger Lecoultre Watches Handmade Replica artisans and their mastery of the art and techniques of Métiers Rares “Rare Handcrafts”. As a woman wears a Rendez-Vous watch, she takes a starring role in her life, her emotions, enhanced by the beautiful jewel adorning her wrist.