Earlier this year, at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Jaeger-LeCoultre held nothing back for its ladies’ watches. The brand’s tremendously desired Rendez-Vous assortment (delivered seven years prior in 2012 and made only for ladies) was top on the rundown when it came to new releases. Of specific note were the high gems pieces that displayed new dials, new moon stage circles and delightful prong settings.
Always an adored complication, the day/night complication becomes the dominant focal point in the new Rendez-Vous Night & Day Jewelry watch. Made in either 18k white gold or 18k rose gold, the new forms highlight an outstanding prong setting of jewels. Prong setting isn’t normally utilized in watchmaking for a large group of reasons, including the way that if not executed with extraordinary accuracy and amazing craftsmanship, the prong could catch clothing.
However, prong setting – wherein a gold converse pyramid-molded setting holds the precious stone set up at the top through a progression of numerous prongs or paws – is perhaps the most excellent and stunning settings in the adornments world. It permits light to come in from all points, accordingly empowering amazing shine and shimmer. This, alongside the exactness needed to appropriately execute a prong setting, is one of the principle reasons Jaeger-LeCoultre went to prong setting for the new Rendez-Vous Night & Day High Jewelry watch.
As referenced, prong setting is no simple accomplishment. It requires the craftsman to exclusively set every jewel onto the top of the cone-molded base setting and then cautiously close various prongs over the precious stone to guarantee the precious stone is secure. The prongs resemble hooks that hold the jewel set up. They should be consummately collapsed down and cleaned to secure the jewel as well as to try not to catch things. The time has come devouring and fastidious work. The jewel setters at the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshops in Le Sentier are aces at their specialty. In a colossal, completely windowed room, they work their craft – culminating settings that range from prong to day off, and even channel setting of baguettes.
Each of the two variants of the Rendez-Vous Night & Day High Jewelry watches is carefully set with 186 precious stones that structure three lines (two on the bezel and one on the dial) for a glimmering impact. The bezel flaunts 126 jewels in two columns (and highlights more modest and bigger precious stones). There is a middle line of 47 precious stones that frames an internal ring on the dial, also. The drags are set with another 12 jewels and the crown holds a solitary rearranged cabochon precious stone. Altogether, the watch brags 3.52 carats diamonds.
The prong setting gives the watch an unequivocal demeanor of differentiation. It looks great on the wrist and the prong settings are nearly just about as smooth as silk. The 36mm size is truly wearable, also. The watches are fueled by the programmed type 898B/1 that is furnished with 38 hours of force hold. The development is additionally hand completed and adorned by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s exclusive expectations and is obvious by means of the sapphire caseback. Each watch includes a mother-of-pearl dial with a bow formed gap at 6 o’clock to show the moon and stars or the sun for the Day & Night work. Lashes are either beige or blue croc cowhide. While I can’t envision anybody would bring this magnificence into the water, it is water-impervious to 50 metres.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day Jewelry will be evaluated at USD 47,800 in white gold and USD 45,400 in pink gold. More subtleties at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com .
This article has been composed by Roberta Naas, originator of A Timely Perspective ; and writer of six books on watches.