The new timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre offers an authentic anthem to the creative freedom that has inspired the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux since 1833. It illustrates 180 years of history, expertise and technical perfection and is created in complete harmony with traditional horology. The Rendez-Vous Celestial by Jaeger-LeCoultre while paying tribute to artistic crafts is also an invitation to embark on a galactic odyssey. Its also a tribute to the fact that 180 years ago, it was beneath the same star-studded sky that Antoine LeCoultre gave rise to what would become the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux.
For the watchmakers of the Vallée de Joux, the sky has always aroused a sense of amazement and represented a vast field of study. Antoine LeCoultre, the founder of Jaeger-LeCoultre, is a great admirer of nature, the heavens above and their constellations. This exemplary individual dedicated his entire life to the quest for perfection, while devoting particular attention to the elements. It is in tribute to his inventive spirit that Jaeger-LeCoultre created the Rendez-Vous Celestial.
The watch has an 18 carat white gold case which reveals the full force of charm by a ricochet effect. Diamonds are embellished along the sides of the case all the way to the crowns, the bezel and above the numerals. The hour arc tops a disc that provides a spectacular vision of the sky with the constellation appearing on a precious lapis lazuli plate.
A zodiac calendar on the dial serves to show the position of the constellations at any moment of the year, by means of an annual calendar that governs the system of time display and measurement. The mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 809, rotates the star disc at the imperceptibly gradual pace of one turn every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 04 seconds. The exceptional 230-part movement highlights the beauty of traditional Fine Watchmaking ornamentation, including the automatic winding oscillating weight bearing the “côtes soleillées” motif that reflects the sunburst dial aesthetic.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year and has been a leading player in watchmaking history since 1833. At a time when the Swiss horological industry was still built around home-based workshops, Antoine LeCoultre and his son, Elie, decided to unite under one roof the many forms of expertise involved in making a watch. LeCoultre & Cie thus became the first Manufacture of the Vallée de Joux. It now houses the over 180 skills required to develop and produce the most prestigious timepieces.