A Silvery Moon

Jaeger-LeCoultre teases new version of its Rendez-Vous Moon ahead of SIHH 2019 unveiling 

ONE of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s dressiest models for women — the Rendez-Vous Moon — now flaunts an even more feminine expression of its signature moonphase display. 

Set to be unveiled at this year’s edition of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, the new Rendez-Vous Moon’s totally redesigned moonphase dial is one of the latest recipients of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rare Handcrafts ministrations — “Métiers Rares,” the watchmaker calls it, or its embrace of traditional methods for gem-setting, engraving, enameling and guilloche making. 

The new Rendez-Vous Moon will be available in pink gold and steel cases. Both are marked by silvered guilloche dials, the model’s signature floral numerals, and 107 pieces of diamonds, collectively weighing 0.7 carats, set into them.

Sixty of these brilliant-cut diamonds adorn the bezel while the remaining 47 form a ring near the center of the dial — the perfect touch to complement the moonphase disc.

Unlike the rather simple moonphase display renditions in previous Rendez-Vous pieces, the new one is recognizably more ornate. The window’s cutout leads things off as it evokes clouds. Behind it, a lacquered blue sky is decorated with gold-colored stars and the moon disc — the shape of which follows the phases of the actual moon.   

At the back of the pink gold or steel 34-millimeter case is a crystal window through which Jaeger-LeCoultre’s self-winding cal. 925A/1 peeks. This movement — fitted with 38 jewels, spins at 28,800vph and packs power good for 40 hours — also sees duty in some of the brand’s Master Ultra Thin Moon models, indicating it is a reliable go-to ticker for Jaeger-LeCoultre when it builds a timepiece with a moonphase display.

Now Jaeger-LeCoultre has a catchphrase for this combination of horologic expertise and centuries-old Rare Handcrafts artisanal touches — The Art of Precision. And this describes the new Rendez-Vous Moon succinctly.