JAEGER-LECOULTRE – RENDEZ-VOUS SONATINA LARGE
THE CHANT OF A STAR
In a world saturated with electronic alarms, the poetic watch-maker from the Vallée de Joux has invented a totally mechanical and romantic way to alert you to an appointment.
Make no mistake: all of us are, to varying degrees, the slaves of our smartphones, those almost diabolical objects grafted to our hands and ears that we check hundreds of times a day and that beep away from morning to night. A whole range of sounds for all our different notifications, depending on the number of applications we have installed on the telephone. The result? A flood of alarms, generally with a strident tone, which are not only more and more irritating, but also make us forget the important thing – to alert us to the fact we have an appointment or a message. Jaeger-LeCoultre has taken a stand against this cacophonic trend with the Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large. This watch also has a notification system, but one that is unique, mechanical and poetic.
Using the crown placed at 2 o’clock on the case, the golden star near the chapter ring can be moved to the chosen time. When the time for the appointment arrives, a chime made by a single hammer gently alerts the wearer. The reminder, as well as the hours and day/night indicator, are provided by the JLC 735 calibre. The manual-wind movement made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, with a 40-hour power reserve, is housed in a case with a 38.2mm diameter.
On the silvery opal dial, the sunray-brushed guilloché pattern forms an irregular pleated motif like a paper sunshade. A first disc featuring tiny markings and highlighted with gilded dots contains a trio of blued hands at its centre – two “broadswords“ for the hours and minutes, and a second hand; on the part below, an eye-shaped opening from 7 to 5 o’clock contains the day/night indicator. The hour rim features large, black Arabic numbers set along a ring decorated with varyingly wavy lines.
The Rendez-Vous Sonatina Large comes in two different versions. The first has a silver dial and pink gold case topped with a jewelled bezel; the second has a blue-violet crystal and guilloché pattern on the face, along with a white gold case, while the bezel, lugs and case are set with diamonds.
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By Sharmila Bertin