Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial: An astronomer’s delight!
Stars and the planets up above our heads amazed human beings throughout the past many generations. In fact, their influence is quite visible on other animals and plants too. Many animals are known to use the position of the stars and moon to gauge the direction as well as nature of their routine activities. The newest watch from Jaeger LeCoultre derived its inspiration from the celestial elements that stay way above our head. The Rendez-Vous Celestial is a ladies watch that reminds you of the night sky in all its glory.
The watch has its case made using 18 karat white gold and has a lot of diamonds encrusted on it to make it in to a darling of the ladies’. The dial is given the unique color of clear sky, blue. The numerals denoting hours are at their biggest size at 12 O’ clock position and they steadily reduces in size as they go down. Top portion of the dial looks like a moon’s crescent. The bottom portion has a disc that showcases the sky as well as its various constellations. Another feature of the watch is its ability to provide you with the position of these constellations at any time of the year. The watchmaker has incorporated a zodiac calendar to accomplish this.
The disc rotates once every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds, which is a sidereal day, and is made of lapis lazuli. Even though the entire dial is bluish in color, the shades are slightly different between the top and bottom parts. The bottom disc is darker in color than the top part. The lighter shade is created with the help of a see through blue lacquer coating that helps you to see the guilloche design under it. The dial has a movable shooting star on it to help you to customize time.
How did the watchmaker come up with this astronomic theme for this watch? It was not a random selection on their part. Antoine LeCoultre was an avid astronomer before he founded the company. Hence, he blended his passion in to his creations in an aesthetic manner. It was conducted in a natural way, and there is nothing forced about the design. The Rendez-Vous Celestial has really accomplished what he ventured out to accomplish.
At 37.5 mm, the watch is towards the smaller side, and is perfect for the wrists of ladies. But, the smaller dial is not making its readability any harder. The numerals on the top are pretty big, while those on the bottom are nonexistent. There are 155 quality diamonds adorning the case, bezel, side, welded lugs as well as the crown. The dial is secured from damage with the help of a sapphire crystal. This see through material is used for the case back to help you to see the watch in action as well.
An in house watch movement, the caliber 809, an automatic mechanical movement, is the work horse behind the watch.