Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, during SIHH 2019

Jaeger-LeCoultre or “La Grande Maison” has, much the same as a portion of its sister brands inside the Richemont Group, seen a few changes at its head as of late. Another CEO, Catherine Rénier (beforehand at Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels), frequently implies another technique. Or maybe careful up to this point, we thought the SIHH 2019 was the correct chance to converse with her about what’s new for 2019, what’s to come in the coming years and what Mrs Rénier’s foundation in the gems business could bring to a very horological manufacture. 

What is the overwhelming topic at Jaeger-LeCoultre this year and your general methodology for 2019?

The topic during the current year’s salon spins around the specialty of accuracy: the exactness of specialized development, as outlined by the New Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, and furthermore the accuracy behind the motion, which we can appreciate in our Métiers Rares. Unmistakably high watchmaking, which has consistently been a mark of Jaeger-LeCoultre, is important for our general procedure and shows our drive to enhance and kick off something new in watchmaking.

We’ve likewise dealt with improving the exhibition of the types of our new Master Ultra-Thin watches. Another assortment of three restricted versions with moon stages, unending schedule and tourbillon capacities, all brightened with excellent blue polish dials made by Manufacture’s Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) division, uncover a marriage of high exactness pieces with hand-made dials. ( More subtleties here )

Can you reveal to us more about the Gyrotourbillon and its significance in the 2019 novelties?

The new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel required five years really taking shape. As you probably are aware, we presented the Gyrotourbillon complication in 2004. The explicitness of this new model, the fifth era is the relationship of three complications: the Gyrotourbillon, the interminable schedule and the moment repeater. What we have accomplished with this model is that every one of these complications goes above and beyond in exactness and execution than any of its archetypes. The Gyrotourbillon, for example, is driven by a steady power system. It conveys a steady progression of energy all through the 52-hour power save of the watch. A hopping minutes hand offers more noteworthy exactness. The moment repeater has Westminster tolls with four catapult hammers on four gongs and a complex tune composed of four notes. To maintain a strategic distance from interferences between the strikes, the watch includes a quiet decrease work. What’s more, interestingly at Jaeger-LeCoultre, the never-ending schedule can be set advances or backwards.

Another accomplishment of the Gyrotourbillon has to do with the components of the watch. The breadth of 43mm is like other Gyrotourbillons of the past, yet the thickness of this piece is exceptionally noteworthy. In the event that you imagine that there are 92 components alone in the Gyrotoubillon and more than 1,000 in the development – all hand-completed – you can comprehend why the case stature of 14.08mm is so great. This makes it uncommonly wearable and comfortable. The watch comes in a restricted release of 18 pieces with a white dial and 18 pieces with a blue guilloché lacquer dial.

How does your experience at Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels impact your way to deal with ladies’ watches at Jaeger-LeCoultre?

Of course, I am very acquainted with adornments observes yet this has consistently been an attribute of Jaeger-LeCoultre. I have not acquired anything to the Maison this respect. With the 101 manifestations and the 101 development created in 1929, adornments watches and diamond setting have been an in-house forte for quite a long time. All the adornments setting on the new Rendez-Vous is finished by our craftsmans at the Manufacture.

How significant are ladies’ watches at JLC?

We are a Maison of generally speaking equilibrium. We are adjusted among people, among sports and class. Ladies and men’s watches have consistently lived next to each other from the very beginning. Since the start, there were consistently items for people. The Reverso has consistently offered models for both genders and this will proceed. The new 36mm Dazzling Rendez-Vous is prong-set with jewels on the outside piece of the watch. This setting permits the light to arrive at the jewel and truly sparkle. It’s an entirely wearable watch size and comes in white or pink gold, I truly like the warm pink gold version.

Last year you presented the Polaris assortment? What are your arrangements for this collection?

To proceed! It’s been an incredible achievement and has outperformed our assumptions on numerous fronts. Following great marketing projections in US and Europe and a solid premium from Asia, we’ll be doing some restricted arrangement despite the fact that we intend to acquaint lasting references with the assortment. The Polaris will remain our rich games offer. What has functioned admirably in the Polaris line is the chronograph and the metal wristband. It is difficult to do a decent bracelet.

Do you intend to present new item lines?

We have solid columns at Jaeger-LeCoultre. There are a few things to be straightened out to a great extent, yet I feel we have all the vital bases and resources for push ahead. The one watch I couldn’t imagine anything better than to discuss later on would be the Duomètre…

E-commerce and computerized are becoming increasingly more significant at Richemont. How would you imagine the future?

We’ve consistently been a forerunner in internet business and have had internet business dissemination in China for many years. We’re presenting extra administrations on the site like the lash configurator…everything that can help the customer for a superior excursion in his buy. This will proceed with the new acquisitions in the gathering. A significant improvement is to fabricate this client venture as far as immediate administrations to the customer. We need to be certain we can instruct a customer on the best way to deal with his watch, how to set and oversee complications and will proactively communicate with our customers sending updates for exams on their watch, so the customer feels that the brand is by their side…

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