3 Reasons Why The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Sonatina Is The Perfect Summer Watch
1/3 It has orchids and butterflies
Two of nature’s most beautiful creations are in full active mode now that the weather is warm and nice. What they symbolise are rather lovely too – the orchid is graceful, beautiful and charming while the butterfly represents metamorphosis, which alludes to hope and transformation. On the new Rendez-Vous, they look absolutely magical.
2/3 It employs the highest level of Swiss artisanal skills
Crafted entirely at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rare Handcrafts workshop, the mother-of-pearl dial features three traditional craftsmanship – guillochage, micro-painting, and gem-setting.
The wavy guilloche motif is brought out more vividly with colours, in a choice of pink, green and purple. The orchids and butterflies, contained inside an oval-shaped ring, are realised by hand one brushstroke at a time. To create the depth and lifelike nature of the details requires a keen eye and the kind of precision that takes years of practice to master.
Almost inconspicuous among the blooms at ‘6’ is a flower-shaped aperture that indicates whether it is day or night. No other precious stones say luxury quite like diamonds, which is why they appear around the inner ring and on the bezel of the 38.2mm pink gold case.
3/3 It has one extra useful function
It doesn’t just tell time; it also has a whimsical feature that reminds you of all the rendezvous you’d be planning. Set on the flange is a movable gold star that can be set to a future time via a second crown. When the time comes, it releases a melodious chime, ever so subtly alerting you of the appointment you cannot afford to miss.
Making all the mechanical functions possible is the automatic Calibre 735 that is developed specially for the Sonatina. For the watch geek, the movement is visible beneath the clear sapphire caseback.
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