The Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 collection adds two new models
The bond between filmmaking and watchmaking is one that goes way back. Just ask Jaeger-LeCoultre, whose timepieces have graced the Shanghai Film Festival seven years in a row. After all, the parallels between the two disciplines are pretty similar, no? Each one is an art unto itself, and they're both crafts that require the utmost dedication and passion. Not to mention the requisite glitz and glam on the red carpet, where high jewellery and fine watches share the limelight with the celebrities. Expanding the storyboard to the Venice International Film Festival this year, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be attending the world's oldest film festival by way of its new Joaillerie 101 novelties, Reine and Feuille.
A masterclass in miniaturisation, the pair of jewellery timepieces combines the maison's ancestral expertise in crafting delicate wristwatches (they started way back in 1929) with its precision mechanical movements. In fact, the maison's famed 100-year-old Duoplan movement even served as the inspiration for the new Calibre 101 outfitting Reine and Feuille. This micro-calibre is so small; all of its 98 components are custom manufactured and hand assembled, with the finished movement barely weighing a gram. Perfectly engineered from the inside out, the exterior of the timepieces are just as intricate, except it takes on a glamorous mien to reflect the star-studded world of the Venice Film Festival. Embellished with 110 pavé diamonds nestled closely to each other, the watch bracelet is a glittering band linked to a dial in silvered opaline, decorated with petite Dauphine hands for its equally discreet watch face.
Crafted in pink gold, Reine appears almost tennis bracelet-like while Feuille is the more ostentatious half, adorned with a stylised leaf to curve around the dial. This here is the lid, which be raised or closed, lending an air of mystery to the watch with its secretive nature. A flawless union of mechanical perfection and jewellery excellence, they're certainly the new stars poised to steal the show.
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