The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous collection features mechanical movements which harness all that is wonderful about fine watchmaking. However, they afford the wearer an adornment which will engage the eyes with tasteful allure.
Cole Porter crafted the beautiful song, “Night and Day”, however, many will think of Frank Sinatra delivering the tune with impeccable diction, timing and inflexion.
Like many men, I confess to singing Frank’s hits whilst looking in the mirror and dragging a razor over my ageing face. Sadly, my wife will never relish the prospect of hearing my dulcet tones.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has just launched a ladies’ watch which may engage with Mrs Davies’s heart more readily than my lamentable crooning.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous is a new range of models, solely for the fairer sex. Round in profile they offer an alternative form to the iconic Reverso models synonymous with the brand.
Available in a broad range of variants, it is the white gold, Night & Day model which is a personal favourite.
Some fashion brands have patronised females offering them brightly coloured bejewelled watches with a dreadful quartz movement lurking within. I make no secret of my utter distaste for the soulless, inert, bland, battery powered movements which sadly feature in many ladies’s models. However, Jaeger-Le Coultre are wonderful exemplars of haute horology.
Jaeger-LeCoultre are a Manufacture par excellence. They make more movements in-house than any other watch company, 1231 calibres at the time of writing. Innovation is at the epicentre of the Jaeger-LeCoultre paradigm exampled by the 398 registered patents they hold.
The Rendez-Vous collection features mechanical movements which harness all that is wonderful about fine watchmaking. However, they afford the wearer an adornment which will engage the eyes with tasteful allure.
The round dial is beautiful and thanks to the 36 mm diameter of the case depicts time with incredible clarity.
Arabic numerals feature on twelve individual mother of pearl tiles. They indicate the hours in a clean font with the serifs on the text, enhancing interpretation.
A disc of mother pearl features at the centre of the dial, beautifully outlined with a delicate row of fine diamonds. At the base of the disc, an aperture reveals the day / night indicator.
Blued hands are further testament to the artisan’s craft. The hour and minute hands are Florale. They have a traditional character whilst the central seconds hand is more contemporary in form with lithe lines.
The dial is luxurious and suitable for day or night wear, but it never excessively boasts excess or vulgarity. All aspects of the dial impart a tasteful style which should befit the most elegant wrists.
Diamonds are flawlessly presented on the bezel, lugs and crown. In conjunction with those adorning the dial, they number 191.
White gold is a personal favourite of mine as it never looks outré or sickly. This noble metal is used to form the comely case and charmingly coalesces with the numerous diamonds.
The caseband of the watch features a slender row of diamonds, capturing light and sparkling with brilliant effect.
The white gold crown is topped with a regal diamond, resplendent and majestic.
Ladies who crave an emotional interface with their cherished timepiece will appreciate the view of the intelligent mind which resides within the pulchritudinous case. This is a mechanical watch of matchless quality and the sapphire crystal caseback allows the discerning wearer to savour its intellect.
The alligator strap with white gold deployant offers enhanced wearer comfort when compared with a pin buckle. Moreover, it also provides greater longevity.
Like many ladies, my wife has often said that a manual wind watch whilst beautiful to behold lacks the practicality of an automatic timepiece. The hectic hubbub of daily life would often result in her manual wind watch becoming devoid of energy and halting, much to her frustration.
The calibre 898A is a self-winding movement and will remain operational whilst worn. If you take off the watch, the power reserve of 43 hours will ensure it remains operational should you elect to remove it whilst attending the gym or taking a shower.
A self-winding movement is eminently practical and yet engages the soul where a quartz model won’t.
The fine finishing of the movement is beautiful and demonstrates the skill of the workforce of Le Sentier. Côtes de Genève features on the bridges, circular graining adorns the plate and blued screws and rubies further illustrate the high-end construction of this watch.
The movement has also been subjected to the rigorous 1000 hour control at the atelier providing further reassurance to the potential purchaser
I was recently at an event where Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces were on display. My enthusiasm for this model was evident to those fellow guests I engaged in conversation.
Jaeger-LeCoultre have launched a range of timepieces which will retain relevance for many decades to come.
Rendez-Vous Clutch by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Valextra
They lack the frivolity of fleeting fashion but supply style and substance in abundance. The elegant and graceful lines should endear a new clientele to the brand as well as engaging with the loyal admirers of the brand.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day offers august appeal with mechanical integrity and I am hugely impressed by this latest model.
Cole Porter could easily have been writing about this latest model, “Night and Day, you are the one, Only you’neath the moon or under sun”.
Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day
Reference: 343 34 90
Case: 18-carat white gold; 191 diamonds (1.4ct); diameter 36.00 mm; Height 12.4 mm, Water resistant to 3 bar (30 m); sapphire crystal to front and solid case back.
Functions: Hours; minutes; centre seconds and day/night indicator.
Movement: Calibre 898A, self-winding; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 30 jewels; power reserve 43 hours.
Strap: Alligator leather strap supplied on 18-carat white gold deployant.
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.