By Rebecca Doulton
Astronomy has inspired many Jaeger-LeCoultre watches and the Rendez-Vous collection of ladies' watches is no exception. First launched in 2012, the Rendez-Vous watch was designed exclusively for women and has undergone some fantastic transformations, from high jewellery pieces to complicated tourbillons, and even a delicate minute repeater decorated with ivy leaves.
This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre has made a date with the biggest star of them all for its Rendez-Vous Celestial watch. The fiery orb of the Sun, believed to be older than four billion years, is recreated here with a Bordeaux aventurine stone; depending on the light, the dial of the watch shimmers in vibrant red, mineral ochre and orange shades.
The hour and minutes - from 9 to 3 o'clock - are set on a beautiful guilloché crescent shape, reminiscent of ruffled curtains or a wavy sea. Below the time lies an elliptical disc featuring the 12 Zodiac signs and various constellations hand-painted on the sparkling aventurine dial. The disc rotates in time to the heavens thanks to an annual calendar complication housed in the JLC automatic movement.
A warm 37.50mm rose gold case set with 139 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and two inverted diamonds on the crowns illuminate the heaven-inspired show on the dial. By means of the second crown, the star that pops up on the dial at around 7 o'clock can be moved to the hour of your choice as a reminder of your next important rendezvous.
Moonstruck would be a nice way of describing this romantic interpretation of the Moon's phases in the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon watch. Occupying a prominent position on the dial, the mother-of-pearl Moon completes its monthly cycle from full, new, waxing, gibbous, first quarter to first crescent. Surrounding the Moon is a nocturnal sky dotted with constellations, sprinkled with cabochons to represent the stars. The wavy guilloché pattern of the sky is hand-engraved and then coated with a blue lacquer to create a sensation of depth.
The Rendez-Vous Moon watch comes in either a 36 or 39mm white gold case and houses the automatic JLC calibre 935. Like the Sun watch, the Moon features the little star-shaped indicator for your secret rendezvous and is set with 166 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and dial of the smaller model, and 208 on the larger model. With these two new Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, who says you can't have the Sun and the Moon?
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