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Jaeger-LeCoultre at the 67th Venice International Film Festival

In 2010 Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates six consecutive years of partnership with the Venice International Film Festival, famously known as “Mostra”. During the public event from 1 September to 11 September, 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre will unveil a dream cast of four creations – each Haute Joaillerie model sets the stage for a particular kind of handcrafted expertise.

This year’s Haute Joaillerie models tell the tale of an enchanting time in which watchmaking magic is expressed through the decorative arts: feathers, plumes, mother-of-pearl, precious metals, stones and ceramic are some of the unique materials used by the Manufacture.

 
Master Tourbillon Wild with peacock & guinea fowl plumes

Master Tourbillon Wild

The Art Deco lines of this exceptional model translate Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s innate boldness and its creative exuberance. The tourbillon springs to life at 6 o’clock against the fan-like backdrop composed of diamonds, mother-of-pearl, genuine peacock feathers and Nimida Méléagris (Helmeted guinea fowl). These noble and precious materials create a blend of textures and shades composing a splendid stylised marquetry-work motif composed of straight lines that make a striking contrast with the softly rounded case. Sculpted in white or pink gold, the latter has been given a facelift and exquisitely set with diamonds around its middle. The lugs adopt a feminine silhouette, the gem-set bezel a sloping profile and the crown a new design featuring a cabochon-cut diamond. The result is an artistic treasure in which every detail pays vibrant tribute to the talent of the artisans within the Manufacture. Like a stage director, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978 works in the background to drive its automatic tourbillon with the peerless degree of mechanical perfection that has shaped the finest hours of the Grande Maison. 

 
Reverso Squadra Art

Reverso Squadra Art

A firework display of diamonds and brightly coloured sapphires adorns the Reverso Squadra Art in sparkling radiance. The snow setting arranged in graded shades of colour verges on the sublime. This technique invented by Jaeger-LeCoultre calls upon the full measure of the jeweller’s dexterity in order to achieve the peerlessly voluptuous frosted effect. 

 
Reverso Squadra Art, reverse

Using a broad palette of individually cut and adjusted precious stones, the artisan nestles them against each other, playing with colours and diameters as he patiently sees his work entirely conceal the white gold of the case and dial. The complexity of the task is further accentuated by the extreme quest for harmony in the gem-setting, whatever the position of the watch – whether front or back. Finally, this extraordinary setting is matched by an equally exceptional mechanism, since beneath the shimmering gemstone carpet beats Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822. 

 
Reverso Grande Neva

Reverso Grande Neva

The majestic Reverso Grande Neva weaves a glittering path lit up by diamonds. The alternating metal and gemstone pattern instils a sense of movement that takes hold of time and serves as an eloquent reminder of its infinitely precious nature. The waves of gem-set motifs wind their way over the reversible watch: on the front, tiny diamond droplets are sprinkled across the mirror-polished dial; while snow-setting pours over the dial and sketches out a river meandering between the white gold lines. 

 
Reverso Grande Neva, reverse

The pristine gems in diameters ranging from 0.5 mm to 1.6 mm coil gently around the case, epitomising the fine art of miniaturisation. The diamond-pavé crown set with a cabochon-cut diamond leads to the mechanical heart of this creation, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822, a movement entirely crafted and decorated by hand.

Master Compressor Diving Tourbillon Céramique [photo not yet unveiled]

The clarity of diamonds meets the intensity of black ceramics; a feminine silhouette rubs shoulders with a resolutely sporty appearance; and a sophisticated horological complication partners a refined jewellery design. Jaeger-leCoultre reinvents the ladies’ diving watch by daring to play on paradoxes. This stunning timepiece counts off the hours with equal measures of strength, elegance and femininity. The case opts for the high-tech look of black ceramics, sublimated by hand polishing and nobly underscoring its generous proportions and its contemporary contours. Meanwhile, the white gold bezel is enhanced by the classic refinement of baguette-cut diamonds. The black guilloché dial also creates contrasts with its centre entirely paved with brilliant-cut diamonds lighting up the most moving of all horological complications. The throbbing heart of this creation is the Jaeger- LeCoultre Calibre 978 automatic tourbillon movement dancing in perfect time with the to- and-fro motion of its gold oscillating weight.

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Written by kevin

August 31, 2010 at 1:51 am

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