German actress Diane Kruger, known for her roles as Helen of Troy in 2004’s Troy and Bridget von Hammersmark in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino WWII film Inglorious Basterds, has been a brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre since 2009, and now she serves as the inspiration for JLC’s new collection of ladies’ watches, called Rendez-Vous.
Jaeger-LeCoultre, which was founded in 1833, has a long tradition of making watches for women, starting as early as the 1880s with the creation of LeCoultre Caliber 7Hp, one of the first round watch movements with an exceptionally small diameter, which was used in numerous enameled, diamond-set and pearl-beaded timepieces that ladies of the time wore around their neck. In the 19th century, when men still clung to pocketwatches, Jaeger-LeCoultre was among the watchmakers that created made-to-order wrist-borne timepieces, many of them bedecked with jewels, for the women who were the early adopters of that style.
The new Rendez-Vous collection contains a new self-winding mechanical movement that has been entirely developed and assembled in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland. In addition to the hours, minutes, and seconds, it includes a day-night indication that is displayed on the dial directly above the 6 o’clock position. The watch bears an Art Deco influence, particularly the 1930s-style Arabic hour numerals on the dial; the dial also has a soft-relief hand-guilloché texture.
The case, which includes a diamond-set bezel, is also hand-finished. It is available in either steel or rose gold and in two sizes, 29 mm and 34 mm in diameter. The case has a sapphire exhibition caseback that reveals the movement, with its oscillating weight and attractive finishes.
Kruger, who will next appear on the big screen as Marie Antoinette in the French film Farewell My Queen, will be the face of the new collection.
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