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I’ll give you a good earful! Music enjoyment on a new level

The Montblanc MB 01 Smart Headphones combine elegance with functionality. Made of fine materials such as aluminum, silicone and leather, they weigh only 280 g and offer excellent acoustics for a fascinating sound experience. Active noise reduction, Google Assistant, comfort and the foldable design make them great travel companions. Pairing with iPhone via Bluetooth works flawlessly, even the size of the shell can be easily adjusted, “R” and “L” inside the shell show what goes where. A cool female voice informs about the connection and the current charge status. The sound is clear and pure. In addition to the headphones themselves, the scope of delivery includes a USB-C to USB-A charging cable, an audio cable from 3.5 mm jack to USB-C, a cloth carrying case and an aircraft adapter – in other words, an exclusive travel set. There are 3 beautifully designed colour variations. One with black sheepskin and aluminum finish in chrome, additionally there is a version with brown leather and gold-colored aluminum finish and a version with light grey leather and polished aluminum finish. The Montblanc MB 01 can be folded up at the handlebars so that it does not take up too much space in your hand luggage when travelling.

Montblanc announces Stan Wawrinka as its new Mark Maker

Speaking to a new global generation of leaders and professionals and inspiring them to express their full potential as they navigate through life lead by passion..
To follow what moves you is to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Because it isn’t just about human achievement – it’s about human potential.

If you do what you love and pursue what you’re passionate about, it will take you to the right place and help you live a life of meaning. By following your own inner ambitions, outward success will follow. Montblanc introduces Stan Wawrinka as its new mark maker. The partnership underscores the Maison’s focus on celebrating the exceptional individuals who give new meaning to the pursuit of success in the 21st century. Tennis champion Stan Wawrinka is known for his unrelenting determination as a tennis professional, often beating the odds to become a 3-time Grand Slam Winner, 16 Tournament Title Holder and an Olympic Champion. He embodies the values of those who are changing the face of what success means today – an unrelenting passion for what he does, a willingness to make things happen paired with an inspirational mind-set that makes him stand out.

“Stan Wawrinka is the epitome of that what it means to overcome adversity, and achieve greatness both on the court and off the court. He is determined in his pursuit of being the best he can be, but it’s always driven by a higher purpose and the love of what he does. We are delighted to be partnering with him to share his journey inspire others to achieve their own purpose,” says Delphine Favier, Managing Director Montblanc Switzerland.

“Montblanc became part of my professional and personal life years ago as their products are real life-companions and I am delighted to integrate the Mark-Maker family. The brand’s continuous search for excellence and reliability matches my values and overall attitude: I’m trying to be the best player I can be and push myself to my limits thanks to my passion for tennis,” says Stan Wawrinka.

Fotos: Montblanc

Breguet

Breguet unveils the blue version of the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique

In 2020, Breguet adorns the dial of its Extra-Thin Self-Winding Tourbillon with a touch of deep blue, by using the traditional grand feu enamel technique. There are a limited number of artisans still capable of mastering this age-old process, which was dear to Abraham-Louis Breguet, as he appreciated the spotless aspect it conferred on watches. Not surprising, given that he had revolutionised watchmaking aesthetics by ridding watches of heavy and superfluous decoration. Today, Breguet keeps this art alive with a workshop entirely dedicated to enamelling.

Beyond providing decoration to the dial, enamel work is a particularly specialised craft, one requiring rigor, patience, and technical mastery. After going through stages of grinding and cleaning, the enamel is applied with a brush to the gold dial while still wet, in a thin and consistent layer. It is then heated in a furnace at a temperature higher than 800°C. The final result is obtained by adding several layers of enamel until the desired color is reached. For the new timepiece, the hue is a blend of a number of blue nuances. The final step consists of gentle polishing before the dial is placed in the furnace one last time and this step provides it with its natural sheen. The dial’s gold elements are then beveled in a workshop dedicated to this revered craft. Then the different indicators are applied on the dial. In keeping with the very distinctive method, artisans provide a striking depth effect within the dial itself to the Breguet numerals, the hours chapter and seconds chapter, and the logo. The range of blues also emphasises the powdered silver indicators. Another subtle detail can be found above the tourbillon carriage: the famous secret signature. Introduced in 1795 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, it is a guarantee of authenticity that helped in the fight against counterfeits, which were already a problem at the time. Breguet places the signature on the majority of its models these days for decorative purposes, as homage to its founder.

Under the dial, lies the beating heart of the watch, with its minimalist design – the 581 caliber, which distinguishes itself through its finesse and technical performance. Breguet’s thinnest tourbillon movement showcased within this timepiece is no thicker than 3 millimeters, with the total case thickness measuring 7.45 millimeters. Placed between 4 and 6 o’clock, the tourbillon is housed in a titanium carriage that features a made-to-measure escapement and a silicon Breguet balance spring that oscillates at a frequency of four hertz, which is particularly high for a tourbillon balance spring. The Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 boasts an 80-hour power reserve thanks to its high-energy barrel, a concept patented by Breguet. Available exclusively at Breguet boutiques around the world, this new release in platinum features a blue alligator leather strap.

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Fotos: © Breguet

“Art is life”

Mario Mazzoleni ranks as one of the most renowned gallerists in Italy and the greatest collector of Andy Warhol’s works. But he would still save his family first in a house fire. “I am not materialistic.”, claims Mazzoleni. At what point he considers a picture to be too expensive, what makes Warhol such an exceptional artist and why his passion for art collection does not replace a lack of motherly love.

Mr Mazzoleni, do you remember the first work of art that you purchased?
I remember it very well. It was a beautiful drawing on wood from Gianfranco Ferroni, a prominent Italian painter. I bought it directly from him, with my savings; I was fifteen at the time.

Sotheby’s grossed a record price of 157 million dollars last year for the painting „Nu couché “(to the left) from Amedeo Modigliani. Is that not absurd?
The art market is evolving more and more in this direction. I would not say absurd but certainly exaggerated. As long as there are interested parties willing to pay that sort of money for a painting, there will be prices of this magnitude. I like the fact that there are people who would rather pay these amounts of money for a piece of art than for a yacht.

When does a picture become too expensive?
When the price exceeds the quality. Unfortunately these days art is more about marketing and less about technique. I see an abundance of improvisation, in particular in the case of young artists. Major galleries are encouraging critics, who feel an affinity to works that have little substance. A good balance is important. The quality should justify the price.

Have you ever paid too much for a picture?
No, my foundation is extremely vigilant with regards to price and quality.

Which piece of art shaped your understanding of art in the long term?
I was born in Caravaggio’s country. Even as a child I was fascinated by his sculptures. In my opinion Caravaggio is the greatest artist of all.

Another artist who you hold in high regard: Andy Warhol. What makes his work so special?
Warhol was a genius. Eccentric and talented. I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions. His works have become increasingly popular for collectors over the years. More than anyone else he understood how to make marketing work for his creations. But that required a lot of skill. He strongly influenced the contemporary art scene. The idea of the factory was simply brilliant and led to a series of similar projects throughout the whole world. It is unfortunate that he was a one-off. The world needs a thousand Andy Warhols.

Is there still one piece of his art that you simply have to have?
I would claim to already have his most interesting works and relicts. Starting with Michael Jackson‘s guitar, signed by the pop star and Warhol personally, to the invitation sent to Marilyn Monroe for the exhibition at Castelli’s gallery, through to Mao. My last acquisition was a purple coloured electric chair, the 85th from a total of 250 copies. A beautiful, historical work.

Is it objectionable to collect art for purely financial interests, without understanding its beauty?
Yes, absolutely. I cannot understand how someone can view art as merely a commodity. I only purchase and collect art works that thrill me and that tell a story. I would never exhibit a painting in my gallery, which I don’t like or that does not convey a message.

What do you say to Sigmund Freud‘s theory: Collectors are compensating for the deprivation they suffered as a child due to a lack of maternal love?
I admire Sigmund Freud, a great thinker, and of course he was right. For my part I can only say that it is pure passion. I grew up with pictures under my bed. I always lived and breathed art, it has been implanted in me, do you understand? And for this reason my foundation means so much to me, it is about creating my own museum to give the younger generation an understanding of art, to make it available to them free-of-charge.

It has been proven that creative people are less aggressive. If we give young people an understanding of art, can we impel them to create art themselves?
I constantly see so many pieces of art and buildings that have been destroyed by vandals without any respect for our past and culture. Young people are often distracted by the wrong things, they prefer a tablet to a book, would rather go to the shopping centre than to a museum. That’s exactly why museums should be free-of-charge for all those under 21 years of age.

Because if you understand art, you affirm life, at least its beauty?
Exactly. Art is emotion, it is life. It is our duty to love it.

 

Photos Copyrights: Mario Mazzoleni LDS

Real Pearls

Fortunately the French consider it unrefined to make a toast- otherwise there could be a case for disturbance of the peace in Maison Perrier Jouèt. It is after all typical for the company that maybe one or two glasses more are consumed here than at home.

”There are three intolerable things in life: cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women“, as Orson Welles once said. One thing is certain, the American actor would have felt right at home in the Perrier-Jouët estate. Those who have been fortunate enough to gain access through the art nouveau gateway of the traditional company in French Champagne, will always receive sparkling wine at the perfect temperature.

It has to be said that in the French city of Épernay there is an Avenue de Champagne that is, as it were, the Melrose Place of all renowned Champagne producers. From Moët Chandon to Veuve Cliquot through to Ruinart – an impressive neighborhood around Maison Perrier-Jouët. There is a good reason why all are gathered at one location.

Only those who have their company and more importantly their vines in the earth in this region, have the right to produce sparkling wine and to call it Champagne as well as being allowed to bear the title Appelation d’Origine Protegée on the label. In the case of Perrier-Jouët this has been the case for roughly 200 years and hardly any other company can look back on such a wonderful history.

When Monsieur Thierry opens the door of Maison Belle Époque in his green uniform and produces a winning smile under a twirled moustache, the journey into the past has begun. No one can tell the love story of the former gentlemen of the house as well as the company concierge. It was 1811 when the cork supplier Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and his wife Rose Adélaide Jouët (whose family produced Calvados),founded the company Perrier-Jouët at exactly this spot. A rarity at the time, not least due to the fact that the maiden name of madame was allowed to be integrated, a little sensation. Thanks to Thierry and Brand Education Ambassador Giacomo Fanzio we can learn about the family’s love of the fine arts and nature. Son Charles turned out to be a top botanist, who excelled in his field with 300 types of Orchid and the growth of the vine and also had the honor of presenting the British Queen Victoria with a bottle from his parents company for the first time in 1861. His brother-in-law’s sons, Henri and Octave, then engaged the services of their friend the artist Emile Gallé, who designed the Japanese anemone on the Champagne bottle– the company’s trademark to date. Celebrating life with all its wonderful facets, providing a contrast to the grey of industrialization and making Perrier-Jouët the symbol of the Belle Époque – the era of the beautiful – should in no small measure be attributed to this trio.

At the end of the day there is a particular highlight waiting at the pretty company bar: The cellar master, with the company for a number of years, Hervé Deschamps and his successor Séverine Frerson have just come back from the harvest to attend the final dinner. A gift, because these are obviously people who have devoted their life to the production of premium Champagne, no average representatives. We learn that: „Champagne can be drunk at any time of the day and there should be many more menus with a champagne accompaniment!“ (Hervé) and: „Ladies and gentlemen have a different approach to tasting Champagne – therefore it is always rewarding if both opinions are combined!“ (Séverine).

And while far below us, in the dimly lit cellar passageways behind heavy grille doors the oldest bottle of Champagne in the world is resting (from 1825!) and the Rosé-Champagne composed by Hervé, Grand Brut and Blanc de Blanc, fortunately, no longer have to be part of an American Dinner from 1850. At the time the taste was rather sweet and in one bottle of sparkling wine there was significantly more sugar than in a Coca Cola. „Unpalatable syrup!“, laughs Fanzio.

By the way we have the British Empire to thank for the fact that we in Europe found the right taste path – they had as a colonial power come into contact with strongly spiced Indian dishes and suddenly had a need for refreshing, dry sparkling wine. Only one thing left to say: God save the Queen and – Santé!

 

Photos Copyrights: Perrier Jouët

Without Compromise

He actually only wanted a solid travel bag so he could unpack his shirts without creases and the need to iron. But the Swiss man with Indian roots and a love of Italy could not have imagined that this wish would later create his own product line. At «Brocki» Achill Prakash found exactly the model he was looking for, with the leather fitted onto a wooden frame, only unfortunately without the fashionable slant he would have liked. The outcome in Milan was disappointing, the quality he found even more so. But he did meet a 75 year old who still mastered this art. And so by complete coincidence he began the search for suitable leather and the creation of his own bag collection. The name «Alvener» comes from Rhaeto-Romanic and means black-white. The perfect name for a product that knows no compromise with regard to quality.

He found the leather in Tuscany. It is tanned without ammonia in a natural plant-based procedure. Thanks to the long production process it remains soft and extremely robust at the same time. After countless attempts a unique color was created which suits everything. Depending on how the light falls and on the surroundings, it may appear black or sometimes brown. And the best thing: the leather develops a wonderful patina  over  time  and  becomes  increasingly  more  beautiful the  more it is used. The search for the perfect zip was not easy, each link should snap in cleanly and with Swiss precision without sticking. At the Paris trade fair a small producer from Bergamo recognized the Swiss man’s passion and consented to an order quantity which every other retailer would have turned down with a smirk.

That’s how the precious zip in gold and dark green from the Lombardy family company was integrated into the material in an unpretentious and yet accentuated way. The inter material was also selected with the same degree of care – wool interwoven with wood of the highest quality from the English manufacturer Holland & Sherry, which holds for years without ripping. Here again no compromise, not even on the interior.

An Alvener bag is produced on a small scale. It takes roughly 16 hours until the Signature Weekender has been made by hand. However, the price is honest, like the product itself.

www.alvener.com

Photos Copyrights: Achill Prakash

Are you good at gifting?

Come in

The generous season

At Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle our many styles of perfume, composed by the world’s best perfumers, means we have a truly kaleidoscopic range from which to select the perfect gift.

The gift that says I was thinking of you, I care, I remember…, or perhaps just, I hope this brings you joy. From the extravagant, to the whimsical, to a piece of timeless artistry. Great gifts come from the heart. Generosity is an attitude. Our credo: Make it truly personal. Find a gift that is as unique as its owner, a gift that is a perfect match, a gift that will wrap him, or her in luxury, and will be the perfect reflection of the person wearing it. It’s not always easy but we’re here to help. Creating joy for others requires time and consideration, so to seek out the exceptional, the exquisite and the truly memorable. We offer so many different things, so many possible gifts surprisingly numerous and original. Perfumes, of course! But also home scents: candles, rubber incense, perfume guns, linen sprays, hand creams and soaps…. As well as many other items that will dazzle and enchant you.

Share the love affair

Perfume is a powerful thing. Whether it’s your signature scent as you kiss someone good bye, your exquisite trail as you leave a room, or the particular mood that evaporates throughout your home to change its atmosphere, or even the lingering whiff of perfume on sheets. This season, share our luxurious and eclectic magic. Discover Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle’s dazzlingly wide selection of gifts. Each one a true piece of design, a true piece of perfumery. Choosing a perfume for oneself is a deeply personal experience. But choosing one for someone else can be a way to say what is often left unsaid. It needs care and attention. Taking the time to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to imagine their desires, is an intimate act. An attention that requires empathy and often affection.
From a simple thank you, or to say “I love you”. Our curated selection of gifts offers something for everyone. We’re here to help you find the perfect gift, the one that will resonate. Come into one of our stores for a consultation with a perfume specialist, or explore our gift-guide on-line, or leave things open with one of our gift-cards. Finding the perfect gift can be an interesting and wonderful experience. Explore, select, take home. At Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, one can also offer the gift of an in-store consultation at the end of which one will walk home with the perfume of his, or her choice. Luxurious, happy, mistake-free gifting.

Works of art that show the passing of time

Making tradition fit for the future

Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the oldest operating watchmaker in the world. As style and heritage director, Christian Selmoni supervises the coexistence of the analogue and digital world. ADAM met up with the profound brand connoisseur for a talk.

ADAM: How do you safeguard and preserve your watch making treasures for the future, without being left behind by the digital world?

Christian Selmoni:
It is imperative that you decide whether you want to safe- guard the craft or the product … Let’s begin with the craft.
I believe that the digital and analogue world work well together. One does not exclude the other. We place great importance on showing the successes and qualities of our Haute Horlogerie in the best light. It’s a matter of extensive know-how, tradition, classics and not least of all aesthetics. For us it is crucial to conduct the tradition of manual finishing, every watch part is polished and embellished by hand. The entire watchmaker’s knowledge is mechanical by definition. Today almost no one buys a watch to read the time. We all have some sort of gadget for that.

What is special about a watch nowadays?
A watch is a beautiful object and a work of art that also shows the time. It is expected of Vacheron Constantin that we preserve our Haute Horlogerie, which originated in the middle of the 18th century.

Is it even possible to digitalize this legacy? If so, how would you go about it?
We definitely have no plans to tackle that issue. The discussion is contradictory to the values of the company. Our position in Haute Horlogerie demands that our watches are and remain mechanical. We do not entertain any fears because of smart watches. They require a completely different technology which we incidentally do not command. We can leave this business model to others.

What are the plans for digitalization of your archives?
There are two answers to that question. We digitalize everything we can from our archives. Letters, documents, it is a large task. Nevertheless we still retain the documents in physical form. Digitalization is not mandatorily the best and only solution. You only have to think of the floppy disc from 30 years ago.Today these devices and data carriers no longer function. Digitalization makes sense but we also have to be able to work with the original documents. At the same time we always have a back up and can work with archive material without exposing it to any risk of damage.

Which is Plan B? The physical archive or the digital?
In the Heritage Department we work both with the physical as well as the digi- tal archive every day. If we are looking for a certain watch model, we research electronically. However, we always check this information in the physical archives. We treat it with great care. We respect the support from that era. After all from the 18th century until the 80s we only had physical archives. The big problem is the period from the 80s until today, because there are no longer physical archives, everything is digital. The result is that the amount of electronic documents is exploding. The volumes of data are gigantic. We have to regularly make triages, which entails a lot of work for the employees. We have to sensitize them not to delete every- thing. It is a huge opportunity to preserve important documents for the future. The design and creation departments have to transfer their data into the Patrimoine. In the case of prototypes we only need one archive. The euphoria about digital pos- sibilities has faded somewhat.

Design plays a large and significant role in the watch industry. How important is it for your new watch collection?
Design is of vital, central and capital importance. The question of how one clothes a watch is of crucial significance. Our designs work using classic codes. In my previous position as a design director I confronted the question of which design represented the style of Vacheron Constantin best. For me it is elegance, refinement and a certain level of discretion. Those are unshakeable codes. You do not even have to put them down on paper; they are the natural signature of our company. Vacheron Constantin is timeless, classic, refined. Design is more important than ever. The market is extremely competitive. It is imperative to have your own aesthetic identity.

Your company headquarters is in a remarkable building. Can architecture influence the look of a watch?
I consider myself very fortunate to be part of the oldest manufacturer that has always been active since1755. That is why we have this wonderful archive with documents, illustrations and photos. There are 1500 watches in our collection. If we need inspiration we generally look there first. For me it is a veritable treasure. We use the past to create modern watches. The past helps us to capture the essence of the design and continue to tell our history and not to copy it. In contrast architecture can additionally nourish this universe. Our building was constructed in 2004 by the famous architect Bernard Tschumi. He created an aesthetic signature, based on our emblem, the Maltese Cross. He stylized it to an extremely high level. We work here in an interesting tension field between traditional craft and a very modern building.

What skills does a Style & Heritage director need in a watch manufacturing company? What are your particular talents?
A good question. If only I knew! I think in my case this development is the advancement of my previous work. I was design director and now I manage this department with one creative eye. It is one of my responsibilities to single out those watches from the Vacheron Constantin legacy, which have details that are interesting today.

How did you acquire your knowledge about the long company history?
I have spent almost my entire career at Vacheron Constantin. That’s why I know so much about the company history. I be- gan as a sales executive. I was always very interested in products. Then I was direc- tor for manufacturing and from 2002 until 2017 I was in charge of brand creation and development. In the different stations over the years I was able to build up a very deep knowledge of the manufacture and products. Today I have been entrusted with the task of preserving the rich cultural legacy of Vacheron Constantin and preparing for the future. It’s not just about watches but also about our customers and the company history. Today people are very interested in the vintage sector. We show a lot of interesting vintage related issues on our Instagram account Thehourlounge.

Does Vacheron Constatin also sell vintage-watches?
Yes, since 2017 we have a program called Les Collectionneurs. We rebuy vintage watches from the 20s through to the 70s, at auctions for example, bring them back into working order and sell them again. We cannot buy them at an inflated price, as we have to be in a position to sell them at a sensible price. That is a challenge. The volume of this business is small, but it is a fantastic opportunity to talk about the brand using relatively simple means. In this way we keep our legacy alive.

Design is of vital, central and capital importance.
The question of how one clothes a watch is of crucial significance.
Our designs work using classic codes.

Who is interested in vintage watches?
I meet a number of young clients between 25 and 38 years and they are really interested in these vintage watches.

Isn’t a new vintage model also selling very successfully at the moment?
You mean the new version of «Chronograph Corne de Vache» from 1955. This watch is a classic of great design. In 2013 we started to produce it again. It is extremely successful. We just brought out a steel version.

Does art influence your work? If so, what type of art inspires you?
I appreciate art as a layman. But I don’t collect it. I am more inspired by art crafts from different cultures and civilizations. I particularly love the folk art museums in Japan and Mexico. I also love Street Art in New York.

Vacheron Constantin has established a connection to the famous Abbey Road Studios in London…
Yes, musical affinities and joint creative endeavours are at the core of this part- nership with Abbey Road Studios, which is based on common values entirely in tune with the new “One of not many” communications campaign.

What type of music would you compare to Vacheron Constantin? If the company were a piece of music, which would it be?
A modern jazz quintet with an excellent soloist. Jazz is music with soul, that’s why it suits Vacheron Constantin so well.

Vacheron Constantin’s claim is «One of not many». Where did it come from?
Our beautiful watchmaker craft is small in comparison to other sectors. Roughly one billion watches are produced per year. Of these only 157 000 are from the high watchmaker craft. We are very small.

How do you explain your watches for someone who is not a watch aficionado?
I simply explain the Haute Horlogerie. We make authentic watches of very high quality with an unusual finish. They survive the test of the centuries. It is the sum of Horlogerie. It is not about quartz against mechanics. We strive for perfection and that has its price.

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste at the Venice International Film Festival

In 2019, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the 15th year of its partnership with one of the most prestigious events in cinema, the Venice International Film Festival. Jaeger-LeCoultre has been the main sponsor of the film festival for over a decade, most notably by honouring personalities who have made significant contributions to contemporary cinema with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

This year, la Grande Maison brings the brilliance of a star-studded night sky down to mingle with the more earthbound constellations found on the red carpet of the Mostra. A new edition of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste, will be presented during the 76th edition of the oldest film festival in the world, scheduled for 28 August to 7 September 2019.

The best films can redefine the most quotidian experiences, elevating life to art. In line with this approach, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste features a different perspective on time itself, with an orbital flying tourbillon that makes a complete turn of the dial over the course of 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. This unusual time unit is the length of one sidereal day, calculated with reference to the more distant stars instead of the Sun.

The dial itself depicts the night sky of the Northern hemisphere, showcasing the constellations of the zodiac calendar framed by an outer ring displaying their associated symbols. A tiny gold marker, seen just beyond the orbit of the flying tourbillon, revolves around the dial annually, an indication of where we are within this alternative and ancient star calendar.

Differentiating this model of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste from previous versions is its contemporary and arresting new design. At first glance, the dial has been simplified in terms of textures and indications, but it has in fact gained an additional dimension which is visible only in low light. The hour markers and constellations have been filled with Super-LumiNova™, evoking the glow of heavenly bodies on a clear night.

An elegant and contemporary case, part of the new generation of case design set by this January’s Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, encloses the 334-component calibre 946 of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste. A complex blend of surface textures, from satin finish to micro-blasting and mirror polish, comes together in a 43mm white-gold case that perfectly complements the deep blue dial and the roseate hue of the constantly beating gold balance wheel.

In both its mechanical and aesthetic aspects, the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste takes us beyond the everyday. It is the rare timepiece that captures the rhythms of daily life in parallel with the movements of the universe.

An Affinity for the Extraordinary

Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed unparalleled expertise in a wide range of horological métiers since it was founded in Le Sentier in 1833. Today, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre practices no fewer than 180 watchmaking and watch-related skills in its Vallée de Joux facility, many of them honed over decades and enhanced by in-house innovation.

The orbital flying tourbillon featured in the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste was first seen in the 2010 Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication, a chiming masterwork that exemplifies the savoir-faire of Jaeger-LeCoultre and its role in expanding the field of high complication.

The flying tourbillon is uniquely combined with yet another area of mechanical watchmaking dominance for Jaeger-LeCoultre – the sidereal indication of time, which appears in both masculine and feminine collections of La Grande Maison.

Rendez-Vous Celestial

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents two new interpretations of the Rendez-Vous Celestial, inspired by the beauty of the Aurora Borealis

For the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, the night skies are eternally fascinating, not only for their magnetic beauty but because they hold the key to mankind’s ability to measure time.

Our days, nights and seasons are determined by the movements of the stars and phases of the moon, and watchmakers rejoice in the challenge of capturing the vastness of the cosmos within the tiny dimensions of a wristwatch.

Revisiting its much-loved celestial theme on the occasion of 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, Jaeger-LeCoultre is delighted to present a magnificent new interpretation of its alluring Rendez-Vous Celestial watch for women.

Rendez-vous celestial

The Northern Lights: Aurora Borealis. Named after the Ancient Roman goddess of the dawn, and visible only on the darkest nights near the Arctic Circle, this awe-inspiring phenomenon has fascinated mankind since the beginning of time. Of all the mysteries of the cosmos, none seems more enigmatic than this.

A pair of beautiful Rendez-Vous Celestial jewellery watches pays homage to this otherworldly spectacle, capturing the vivid greens, purples, pinks and blues that stream and dance across the sky.

When Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the Rendez-Vous in 2012, it was a rare example of a high-complication watch created specifically for women; since then, this mechanically sophisticated and visually entrancing timepiece has been reinterpreted several times, in different materials. In this new ‘Northern Lights’ edition, mother-of-pearl and multi-coloured sapphires take centre stage, uniting two of the Metiers Rares® that Jaeger-LeCoultre has so thoroughly mastered – gem-setting, and hand-painting.

Asymmetrical in composition, the dial is formed of two sections, set at different heights. On the upper section, the curvy Floral numerals – a signature of the Rendez-Vous collection – are graduated in size, to form a crescent that hovers above the lower dial. Outlined by an elliptical band of pink gold that draws the eye deeper into it, this lower section carries a hand-transferred imprint of a star chart, together with the signs of the Zodiac and names of the months. Displaying the night sky as it appears above Jaeger-LeCoultre’s home in the Vallée de Joux, the star chart shows the changing positions of the constellations in real time. The automatic mechanical movement Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 809/1 turns the disc counter clockwise in relation to the stars, almost imperceptibly, in step with the rotation of the Earth in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds.

For the ‘Northern Lights’ edition, both sections of the mother-of-pearl dial are hand-painted with swirls of colour that reproduce the ethereal patterns of the Aurora Borealis – flowing seamlessly from the upper to lower dials. Shades of green and turquoise set the tone for one model; purples and blues dominate on the other – the colours intensified by the glowing mother-of-pearl beneath them. As the sky disc turns, the pattern of the background colours gently shifts, in a subtle echo of the dancing movement of the aurora.

A hand-polished golden star – emblem of the Rendez-Vous collection – is set on the edge of the dial; by turning the second crown, it can be moved into position to mark the time of a special rendezvous.

The rich tones of the dial are echoed on the bezel, which is set with a dazzling, colour-graduated circle of 64 baguette-cut sapphires. To complete the gem-set case, the lugs and two crowns are highlighted with diamonds. A matching alligator strap in turquoise or violet completes these rare timepieces.

This joyful expression of the cosmic world is brought to life by Calibre 809/1, a self-winding movement developed and produced within the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture. Created specially for the Rendez-Vous Celestial, this technically sophisticated movement incorporates a calendar mechanism to rotate the celestial disc in cadence with the changing night sky.

While the complex movement is testament to the precision and technical skills of La Grande Maison’s finest watchmakers, the finishing and decoration of the movement, displayed beneath the transparent sapphire case-back, reveals their artistry. Fine decoration and finishing includes such details as blued screws, circular graining, Côtes de Genève and the pink gold signature winding rotor with Côtes de Genève decoration

Offered in a limited edition of 18 pieces of each model, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial brings together La Grande Maison’s artistic skills and technical acumen in a fitting tribute to the beauty of the night sky.