It’s no secret by now that watches have moved far beyond being mere timekeepers (though still very, very good at that) to being serious style statements and ingenious outfit makers or breakers. There is a watch suited to every occasion; be it a dress watch for a charity gala, or a dive watch for a day out on the waters. To the avid watch enthusiast, this has created ample breeding ground for an inspired sartorial choice in the dressing room on the daily. The options are jovially endless and in bloom: a Patek to brunch? A Rolex to golf? Chopard over drinks?
Journeying along this tangent, we recently spotted a Swiss novelty that married a sense of aesthetically beautiful horology with the newer notion of watch occasion. The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity comes with a 36mm case, a blue satin-finish dial, and features 124 diamonds at 1.31 carats. It was designed as ‘an ode to beauty’, and from the smaller details to the bigger gestures, could boast every sweet and sleek attribute for the ideal dinner wristwatch. Ladies of style and grace: read ahead to find out why.
It’s in the name
From the get-go, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s novelty timepiece is an invitation to an evening soiree. The collection whisks its admirers away into a French form of romance right from its moniker: a rendez-vous.
The case features the Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity in a precious pink gold version for the first time, with the rosy shade easily being the most romantic hue in a sartorialist’s repertoire. Floral hour numerals adorn the dial, much like roses before dinner, and a circling star – another signature of the Rendez-Vous collection – floats along as a marker of the hours and minutes. Described by Jaeger-LeCoultre like a ‘wayward butterfly’, it could be interpreted to mimic flutters of the heart. But we’re gushing.
Suited for the night time
After all, moon phase watches unquestionably have a dreaminess about them that no sports, aviation, or world-timer watch can compete with. They display the phases of the moon in what is at first a true mechanical marvel, and at second a truly wondrous aesthetic. What sets Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity a little apart, though, is its display of the stars.
Recreating constellations of the night sky on a starry evening, the wearer is invited to wonder what lies in the stars for them – be it the person they’re dining with, or the menu they’re about to gorge. Much like the night, the watch does not reveal its mystery at first glance, and needs to be studied and properly explored to uncover its reading. Suited for a dinner rendez-vous, it keeps the mystery alive.
Beyond this, the timepiece sits hot in line with the trend of blue watches for 2019, sporting both a blue dial and a blue strap. Beautifully contrasting with a mother-of-pearl moon phase and a satin-brushed star chart, what is perhaps most striking on the dial is the delicate arrangement of its numerals. These form the arc of a circle, giving centre space to the nocturnal ballet that takes place below. Dreamy, yet by no means sleepy, it’s interesting for a watch (naturally, designed to convey time) to focus on the more traditional means of telling time (historically, the sun, stars, and moon).
Jewellery meets Horology
It can oft be a challenge for the lady of style to decide either on how to pair her watch with jewellery on the same wrist, or whether to skip the former or latter and opt for none at all. To forfeit neither fashion nor function, jewellery watches have long been a favourite choice for women, particularly at more glamorous evening events.
The Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity too, then, combines this notion of precious and precise, bringing together the dazzle of a piece of fine jewellery with the impressive Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 935 automatic mechanical movement for function. Sure, an automatic movement doesn’t quite hold the charm of a self-winding movement, but it oozes a tranquility that comes with any automatic timepiece. Between waves of blue and sparkles of diamond, time flows peacefully along. Your mind is at ease, your time ticks away, and your dinner goes long into the night. Stars on your timepiece or stars in your eyes, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity is definitely bringing a twinkle to the table.