A WATCHMAKING FEAT EXCLUSIVILY FOR WOMEN
La Grande Maison recreates the enchanting celestial phenomenon of shooting stars on the wrist through four magnificent interpretations celebrating its artistic creativity and mastery of the decorative and jewellery crafts while reaffirming its technical ingenuity.
THE STARS ON THE WRIST
In 2022, the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Shooting Star & Rendez-Vous Shooting Star Métiers Rares® recreate the enchanting celestial phenomenon of a shooting star on the wrist, crossing the night sky, thanks to an entirely new mechanism conceived and developed within the Manufacture.
Activated by the movement of the wrist, the shooting star appears on the dial at random moments. Its unpredictability makes it even more special. To enjoy the enchanting display more often, the star may also be summoned on demand by turning the winding crown several times.
“The word “random” does not exist in the world of watchmaking where everything is expressed through precise mathematical rhythm.”
— GREGORY VANDEL, WATCHMAKER
A SPARKING SPLENDOR
The captivating diamond-set bezel of the Rendez-Vous Dazzling, combined with the delicate sparkle of the deep blue aventurine dial, provides a perfect setting for Jaeger-LeCoultre’s fascinating new shooting star display. Capturing the rare and unpredictable nature of this exquisite phenomenon, the shooting star traces an arc across the middle of the dial at random times, activated by the movement of the wrist.
“It is a true jeweled majestic masterpiece with a heart of watchmaking wonder.”
— LIONEL FAVRE, HEAD OF DESIGN
A CAPTIVATING MINIATURE STAR STUDDED SKY
The Rendez-Vous Shooting Star is offered in two enchanting variations: a white gold case with a dial in subtle tones of silvery blue and a pink gold case with a dial in soft golden browns. Inspired by the magic of shooting stars, the artisans of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers Rares® atelier have harnessed their skills in new ways to depict the beauty and mystery of the night sky.
THE MAGIC OF OUR IN-HOUSE METIERS RARES
Made of transparent sapphire glass, the uppermost of the dial’s three layers has been sprinkled with transferred stars and hand-painted with clouds and a crescent moon, which conceal the shooting star when it is inactive. Beneath this is a rotating circular disc of titanium with a cut-out of the shooting star – in an intense night blue for the white gold version and in a dark taupe colour for the pink gold version.
When activated, the disc spins, sending the star on its curving path across the upper dial. As it passes, the cut-out reveals the deepest layer of the dial – a fixed disc of silvery or golden metal with a glowing gradient finish that accentuates the sense of movement.
A JEWELLERY SPIRIT
Defining the trajectory of the shooting star, a three-quarter circle of diamonds is set into the sapphire glass dial. This is achieved by integrating fine gold threads directly into the glass to anchor the diamonds and enhance the effect of transparency and lightness.
The bezel is set with a circle of glittering diamonds that draw the eye towards the dial and, in keeping with the aesthetic codes of the Rendez-Vous, the upper surfaces of the lugs, the side of the case and the top of the crown are also diamond-set.
DEFYING THE LAWS OF HOROLOGY
Creating a mechanism that expresses an unpredictable phenomenon is a fascinating challenge for watchmaking as it appears to defy the laws of horology – a world where everything is expressed through precisely calibrated, mathematical rhythms. The calibre 734 simply just does it.
NEW IN-HOUSE MECHANISM
Drawing on almost 190 years of expertise accumulated within the Manufacture, the engineers and watchmakers of Jaeger-LeCoultre have developed the new in-house automatic calibre 734, incorporating the new shooting star mechanism. In doing so, they have succeeded in an unprecedented feat of capturing a random cosmic phenomenon in a watchmaking complication.