Throughout history, watchmakers have explored astronomical phenomena, harnessing their technical skills to express the movements of the moon and stars in mechanical form. Indeed, the origins of time measurement itself lie in mankind’s ability to understand the rhythm of the cosmos.
For Jaeger‑LeCoultre, the moon and stars have a special resonance, due to the exceptional clarity of the night sky above its home in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux, and this year its watchmakers and artistic craftsmen return to the celestial theme. To coincide with the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, La Grande Maison presents a dazzling new interpretation of that most beloved of astronomical complications, the moon phase.
DAZZLING RENDEZ-VOUS MOON
The moon: Luna. Symbol of romance and femininity. The source of nature’s ebb and flow, the cycle of the seasons, and inspiration for artists and poets. The closest heavenly body to Earth, yet still so enigmatic.
Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon pays tribute to feminine strength and beauty, presenting La Grande Maison’s emblematic moon phase function in a magnificent new setting. Echoing the serene beauty of the night sky, the icy sparkle of diamonds is warmed by pink gold and complemented by glowing white mother of pearl.
This new, fully gem-set interpretation of Dazzling Rendez-Vous follows the launch of Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day (in white gold or pink gold) and Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon (in white gold) at SIHH in January this year, followed by the ruby-set Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red, on the occasion of Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon bezel comprises 108 diamonds, forming two concentric rings around the watch case. There’s an airy quality to these glittering circles, thanks to the claw (or ‘griffes’) setting of the outer ring of 36 stones. A classical jewellery technique – indeed, it was employed by Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s craftsmen for Model 101, the celebrated High Jewellery design of the 1920s – it requires great precision. Designed to maximise the presence of each stone, the setting allows light to pass through the diamonds from every angle, while minimising the visible metal. In Dazzling Rendez-Vous the fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, giving an impression that they’re almost floating around the watch case, rather than anchored to it. To complete the case, diamonds are also set into the lugs and the winding crown.
The sumptuous, fully-set bracelet is a masterpiece of the jewellery crafts: Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s gem-setters have bezel-set 310 diamonds (22.27 carats), linking them seamlessly together to form a river of diamonds that wraps around the wrist as softly as a ribbon.
The moonlight-white mother-of-pearl dial abounds with subtle details: on an outer ring, diamonds mark the hours; on the main hours ring, each of the applied pink gold numerals is set on a separate mother-of-pearl ‘tile’, all anchored by an inner circle of 47 diamonds.
It is a perfect setting for a romantic and lovely moon phase display. Visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, the new design features a shiny mother-of-pearl moon floating against a starry aventurine night sky, and playing hide-and-seek behind a cloud of carved mother-of-pearl as it cycles through its different phases over the course of a month.
Uniting La Grande Maison’s artistic skills with its renowned technical acumen, the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon is powered by the Calibre 925/A1 – a self-winding mechanical movement developed and produced in-house and providing a power reserve of 38 hours. The transparent sapphire case-back reveals some fine decoration and finishing in the classical style: blued screws, circular graining, Côtes de Genève and the pink gold signature winding rotor with Côtes de Genève decoration.
The Jaeger‑LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon is a fitting tribute to the beauty of the night sky.
Hublot celebrates art for a night in Paris
the heart of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, an emblematic site dedicated to art
and culture, Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and Vincent Roy, Brand Director
of Hublot France, Belgium & Luxembourg, welcomed over 200 guests to
celebrate art, a subject close to the heart of the Swiss watchmaking house, at
the end of this year. Brand ambassadors, exceptional guests invited by Hublot
for the occasion, including the artists Richard Orlinski and Marc Ferrero, were
able to celebrate the “Hublot Loves Art” theme that the House embodies through
its watchmaking creations, which combine technique and artistic aestheticism,
in an electro-atmosphere orchestrated by Dixon, Pedro Winter and Jean Tonique.
The guests were swept away by the choreographer Léo Walk and his company, La
Marche Bleue, and the rhythm of their organic and poetic gestures. The football
world champion and brand ambassador Kylian Mbappé surprised guests when he
arrived on stage, much to their delight.
In the course of the exhibition devoted to Charlotte Perriand, 20th-centruy architect and visionary creator, guests had the chance of brushing shoulders with Booba, Presnel Kimpembe, Stephane Bianchi, head of LVMH watch division, Jean Roch and Anais Pedri, Carla Ginola, Habib Beye… who, at the end of the evening, could discover the work being painted live by Marc Ferrero.
“In the name of Hublot, I wanted to thank the Fondation Louis Vuitton for welcoming us in this unique and incredible place. Art has always been at the heart of the brand, which wanted to spend an evening celebrating all the artists with which it has collaborated, some of whom honoured us with their presence last night.” -Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot
“We were happy to be able to bring together clients and partners to celebrate the end of the year in a modern and uninhibited atmosphere, which, just like Hublot, combined different artistic disciplines such as music, dance and design.” -Vincent Roy, Brand Director Hublot France, Belgium & Luxembourg
This evening was also an opportunity to once again present Hublot watches with new features launched in 2019, such as the new Big Bang Sang Bleu, the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT, and the Classic Fusion Orlinski line.
Inaugurated in 2014, the Fondation Vuitton represents the fusion between the lightness of glass architecture and a story rooted in the French culture of the 19th century. As much as in the very design of the project as in the start of work, the Fondation project shook up the principles of architecture, like Hublot which is, par excellence, the watchmaking brand which shook up the deep-rooted traditions of Watchmaking by offering the first gold watch on a rubber strap, in other words a precious metal on a less noble material.
Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise Special Edition
Time for a limited edition specially
designed for Russia – cutting-edge watchmaking meets the art of tattooing once
again as Sang Bleu and Hublot join forces to create the Big Bang One Click Sang
Bleu Steel Turquoise.
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and Maxime Plescia-Büchi, founder of Sang Bleu, held a sumptuous gala in Moscow to jointly unveil a special edition of the Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu watch – this exclusive new ladies’ model will only be available in Russia, in a limited edition of 50 pieces.
In the same vein as all the earlier timepieces which were the fruit of the collaboration between Hublot and Sang Bleu, this model effortlessly displays the symbolism of Maxime Plescia-Büchi’s creations for Sang Bleu. This piece offers a reinterpretation of the ancestral art of tattooing, bringing it into an avant-garde culture. Its turquoise blue dial is framed with a hexagonal bezel set with 48 diamonds while the interwoven geometric shapes extend from the dial and along the 39 mm diameter steel case.
Its three hands make way for three openworked discs displaying the hours, minutes, and seconds, accented by a touch of Super-LumiNova®. These are powered by the HUB1710 self-winding manufacture movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offering a generous power reserve of 50 hours.
The Big Bang One Click Sang Bleu Steel Turquoise is paired with a turquoise blue strap to match its dial, which also features lines traced by Maxime Plescia-Büchi. Cut from calfskin leather from the prestigious Italian leather experts, Schedoni, and rubber-lined for greater comfort on the wrist, the strap features the One Click system, a patented attachment system that makes it easy to make bold style statements by simplifying strap changes.
The 50 timepieces included in this limited edition are presented in an original gift box which features the geometric shapes characteristic of Sang Bleu and which is fully lined with leather.
Hublot is once again reaffirming its “Art of Fusion” by combining its perfect mastery of watchmaking and materials with the artistic modern culture of tattooing espoused by Sang Bleu!
“Thanks to its colour and its brilliance, this feminine interpretation of the work of Maxime Plescia-Büchi for Hublot gives this special edition a touch of originality and uniqueness which make it a perfect match for the market for which it was designed… Russia.” -Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot
Ms Dhoni New Panerai Brand Ambassador for India
Panerai presents two new references as a tribute to the cricketing icon and Indian brand ambassador Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A celebration of a living legend.
A remarkable athlete and a true gentleman both on and off the field. That is the essence of MS Dhoni. An authentic cricketing star who is recognised and acclaimed throughout the world, he captained the Indian national team for no fewer than ten years, leading it to great international success.
He has long been an admirer of Panerai and at the end of 2018 the champion became brand ambassador for India. The company is now celebrating this collaboration with the launch of two new models: the Luminor GMT – 44 mm (PAM01056) and the Luminor Chrono Flyback – 44 mm (PAM01057).
The two new Panerai watches faithfully express the dynamic dual personality of MS Dhoni: determined, dependable and confident in the field, he is eclectic, impeccable and sociable out of it.
These are fundamental characteristics of the Luminor GMT – 44 mm (PAM01056) which is tough and reliable with its case of solid AISI 316L stainless steel. The same is true of the Luminor Chrono Flyback – 44 mm (PAM01057), which is naturally more sophisticated but just as good-looking with its case made of GoldtechTM, a gold alloy developed by the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee.
A feature shared by both models is the green dial. This is a very relevant identifying characteristic, green being MS Dhoni’s favourite colour as well as one of the colours of the Indian flag.
Another personalized details is the case-back which is engraved with MS Dhoni’s signature, his cricketing image, the number183 that symbolizes his highest score in one-day international Cricket and an outline of the Indian sub-continent map.
The technical foundation of the new Luminor watches is a mechanical movement, which through two different functions expresses the technical expertise of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel.
The P.9010/GMT calibre fitted to the Luminor GMT – 44 mm (PAM01056) is an automatic mechanical movement with twin spring barrels providing a power reserve of three days, which displays a second time zone.
On the other hand, the P.9100 calibre used in the Luminor Chrono Flyback – 44 mm (PAM01057) also has twin spring barrels and a power reserve of three days, but its architecture is even more sophisticated in that it has a chronograph movement with a vertical clutch and a column wheel equipped with the flyback function.
Appearing in 2013, it was the first automatic chronograph to be entirely developed and produced by Panerai, and it was created with the potential to be used in all kinds of sport.
Water-resistant to 30 bar, a depth of about 300 metres, or 5 bar, a depth of about 50 metres, each of the new Luminor MS Dhoni watches has an alligator leather strap, semi-matt black with green stitching. An additional strap in military green rubber is also supplied, together with a special tool for changing it and a screwdriver to remove the pin buckle.
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