A joyful ode to nature, deeply imbued with traditional Oriental symbolism and showcasing some of the timeless crafts of Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares® atelier: lacquer work, miniature-painting and gem-setting • Uniting the artistic traditions and craft skills of East and West, intricately decorated dials and highly sophisticated mechanisms celebrate femininity in refined and timeless style Inspired by Asia’s centuries-long artistic tradition of depicting the natural world, Jaeger-LeCoultre enriches the Rendez-Vous Sonatina ‘Peaceful Nature’ series with three new timepieces. An exquisitely feminine expression of time that celebrates both precision and artistry, the new trilogy unites Eastern and Western artistic traditions and links the richness of rare decorative crafts with the technical sophistication of high watchmaking. As a joyful ode to nature and its special place in the Asian artistic tradition, the new Rendez-Vous Sonatina trilogy calls upon three of the decorative crafts that Jaeger-LeCoultre has so thoroughly mastered in its Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts™) atelier: miniature-painting, lacquer work and gemsetting. The use of lacquer, with its incomparable translucence and rich lustre, draws on deep links between Asian craft and European style. An ancient craft, of which the first known examples date back to the end of the Neolithic period, urushi lacquer was first brought from Asia to the West in the 16th century.
In its composition, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina dial is asymmetrical yet perfectly balanced, anchored by the collection’s signature Floral hands and numerals. The applied numerals, graduated in size, form a crescent that wraps around the delicate painting. A fine oval-shaped ring of diamonds runs beneath the applied numerals, drawing the eye to the painted image and complementing a glittering circle of grainset diamonds on the bezel. In the midst of each image, visible through an oval-shaped aperture, the Night & Day indicator completes one rotation every 24 hours in an endless dance of sun, moon and stars. Set on the edge of the dial, a delicate golden star marks the time of a special rendezvous or meeting, which can be moved into position by a second crown set in the side of the case. When the time comes, a single strike on a gong concealed within the watch mechanism releases a melodious chime to remind the owner of her appointment. This poetic and whimsical expression of femininity is brought to life by the technical sophistication of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Manufacture Calibre 735, a self-winding movement with a chiming complication and night-day indicator developed specially for the Sonatina. The elegant complexity and fine details of this mechanism is fully revealed by the transparent sapphire case-back. To complete these watchmaking treasures, an alligator leather strap, complementing the dial colour and given a glowing, pearlised finish, is fastened to the wrist by a pink gold folding buckle. As a joyful and refined expression of femininity, with exquisite dials complemented by highly sophisticated mechanisms, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina ‘Peaceful Nature’ series is testament to the remarkable skills of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers Rares® craftsmen in both technical execution and aesthetic expression. Perpetuating the cultural exchange between East and West that has been so important to the world of the arts for centuries, and limited to 10 examples of each watch, the new Rendez-Vous Sonatina timepieces are available exclusively from Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.
TECHNICAL DETAILS RENDEZ-VOUS SONATINA PEACEFUL NATURE – CRANE
RENDEZ-VOUS SONATINA PEACEFUL NATURE – KINGFISHER
RENDEZ-VOUS SONATINA PEACEFUL NATURE – KOI
Dimensions: 38.2mm diameter x 10.59mm thick
Calibre: Self-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 735
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; Rendez-vous indicator, Night& Day indicator
Power reserve: 40 hours Case: Pink gold 750/1000 (18 Karats)
Water resistance: 5 bar
Strap: Shiny alligator Diamonds: 160 (for 1.86 carats)
Reference: Q35924J1/J2/J3 Limited edition of 10 pieces each