Women today are more and more inclined towards watch complications and not just regular timepieces that display the time and date. And somehow the moonphase complication seems to be a favorite amongst the ladies. The moon: Luna. Symbol of romance and femininity. The source of nature’s ebb and flow, the cycle of the seasons, and inspiration for artists and poets. The closest heavenly body to Earth, yet still so enigmatic and romantic.
A Radiant, fully gem-set version of Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon
The newest addition to the spectacular moonphases for women is the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Although the Rendez-Vous collection was first introduced to the in 2012, it has certainly seen various interpretations, however the moonphase seems to an obvious choice for many. To coincide with the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, La Grande Maison presents this dazzling new interpretation of that most beloved of astronomical complications, the moon phase.
The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon bezel comprises 108 diamonds, forming two concentric rings around the watch case. There’s an airy quality to these glittering circles, thanks to the claw (or ‘griffes’) setting of the outer ring of 36 stones. Designed to maximise the presence of each stone, the setting allows light to pass through the diamonds from every angle, while minimising the visible metal. In Dazzling Rendez-Vous the fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, giving an impression that they’re almost floating around the watch case, rather than anchored to it. To complete the case, diamonds are also set into the lugs and the winding crown. That’s a lot of diamonds now isn’t it. But it doesn’t end there.
For the sparkling fully-set bracelet Jaeger-LeCoultre’s gem- setters have bezel-set 310 diamonds (22.27 carats), linking them seamlessly together to form a river of diamonds that wraps around the wrist as softly as a ribbon.
The moonlight-white mother-of-pearl dial of the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon where the diamonds mark the hours is also surrounded with diamonds. On the main hours ring, each of the applied pink gold numerals is set on a separate mother- of-pearl ‘tile’, all anchored by an inner circle of 47 diamonds.
Now isn’t this the perfect setting for a romantic and lovely moon phase display. Playing hide-and-seek behind a cloud of carved mother-of-pearl and visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, a new shiny mother-of-pearl moon floats against a starry aventurine night sky, and as it cycles through its different phases over the course of a month.
Uniting La Grande Maison’s artistic skills with its renowned technical acumen, the Dazzling Rendez- Vous Moon is powered by the Calibre 925/A1 – a self-winding mechanical movement developed and produced in-house and providing a power reserve of 38 hours. The transparent sapphire case-back reveals some fine decoration and finishing in the classical style: blued screws, circular graining, Côtes de Genève and the pink gold signature winding rotor with Côtes de Genève decoration.
There are so many brands that manufacture fully-set watches as additional interpretations to their existing collections, but horological gem-setting is a fascinating and unique craft. Clearly one that the Jaeger Le-Coultre Maison has perfectly executed with this gorgeous Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon . Yes ladies, this fully gem-set interpretation of the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon surely pays tribute to feminine strength, precision and beauty with an icy sparkle of diamonds.