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Jaeger-LeCoultre – Rendez-Vous Sonatina Replica Buyers Guide

As partner of the festival for over 12 years, Jaeger-LeCoultre 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 735 Calibre with automatic winding and are accompany this generously sized 38.2 mm diameter Rendez-Vous model.

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 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

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

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.

If you’re hunting in the $5,000 to $10,000 range and are looking for an everyday watch from a great brand with a distinctive yet classic allure, any one of those three will fit the bill. Lean pickings or not, these industry dial Master versions from JLC were readily some of my favourite new versions shown at SIHH and will likely end up being quite well known in the coming months.One of the most visually striking watches of SIHH 2017 was the first “universal time tourbillon” by Korean Jaeger-LeCoultre, and it is predictably bold and indeed very expensive. Prior to this SIHH 2017 watch trade series, we debuted the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon watch here. Our David clarified how this “top notch” Geophysic constructed on the contemporary retro-inspired collection of watches that will be, in turn, dependent on a range of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches from the 1950s. Contrary to the conventional group of Geophysic watches with their “authentic second” (dead-beat) ticking seconds palms, the 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon combines a world-time complication using an “orbital” flying tourbillon – in a rather visually stunning manner.While that the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon watch is neat-looking in images, you have to observe this watch at operation to love it. First, there is the ritzy solid-platinum case that is 43.5mm broad. It’s comfortable on the wrist and obviously more eye-catching than most of the remainder of the Geophysic set – especially the three-hand models.
Rendez-Vous Sonatina

Rendez-Vous Sonatina © Jaeger-LeCoultre

These latest creations, reminder of the power of love, reveal the virtuosity of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 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.

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