Jaeger-LeCoultre unveil new watches for 2011

Diamonds, enamel details and tourbillon movements…

Luxury Swiss watch brand JaegerLe-Coultre has unveiled its new designs for 2011, with a focus on telling "the magical tale of an encounter between human beings, beauty and time."

The new Master Lady Collection features classic watches in steel, pink and white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The gem-set bezel contrasts the detailed dial of the watch, which is – depending on the version – decorated with a central circular guilloché motif, or a marquetry-work pattern of mother-of-pearl, diamonds or feathers. Satin strap or a gem-set gold bracelet complete the luxury look of the Master Lady Collection automatic watches.

Equipped with the famous Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978, the Master Lady Tourbillon, Master Lady Tourbillon Wild and Master Lady Tourbillon Enamel are said to be proof that technical sophistication can also be womanly. The Tourbillon Wild watch has a beautifully detailed dial, with a fan-shaped array of diamonds, mother-of-pearl, aventurine and genuine feathers unfurling across the dial in with an evident Art Deco style.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s enamelled tourbillon’s bring the animal kingdom and plant life to the wrists of the wearer, with a combination of fine watchmaking and the art of miniature enamel painting, with detailed, decorative enamelled faces depicting plants and creatures. The enamelling process sees translucent enamels combined with guilloché work to achieve a striking depth effect.

The Master Minute Repeater watch continues the enamelled styling and provides crystal-clear tones of the gongs sounding the hours, quarters and minutes. This timepiece is said to "marry the pictorial artistry of a miniature enamel painted dial with the symphonic splendour of one of the greatest horological complications."

The making of the enamelled dial of the Master Minute Repeater equates to almost a hundred hours of intense concentration and a large number of delicate and essential operations. The enameller has to exercise absolute precision to ensure the perfect running of the watch mechanism is not prohibited, by not exceeding the infinitely small tolerances of around 2/10ths of a millimetre depth of enamel.

In its gem-set version, the new Master Grand Tourbillon Enamel plays with light and shade and has a white gold case featuring hand-engraved sides. Surrounded by a bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds, two cranes perch delicately on the engraved midnight blue dial. Crafted using the translucent guilloché enamelling technique, this model enhances the exquisite refinement of its miniature motif with an incredible

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978,
Celestial Collection : the celestial standard-bearers of the watchmaking art cultivated by
Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Three models epitomising the know-how of Jaeger-LeCoultre succumb to the charms of
precious stones. Uniting the talent of its jewellers and watchmakers, the celestial collection
treats the Grande Complication models from the Manufacture to a new and infinitely
precious execution.
Featuring a platinum case majestically crowned with baguette-cut diamonds, the Master
Gyrotourbillon 1 appears enhanced by the radiance of a dial adorned using the rock
setting technique, with baguette-cut diamonds carefully arranged to depict the vault of the
Sistine Chapel. The poetic “canopy of heaven” below is majestically represented by an
aventurine starry sky forming an intensely beautiful jewel case studded with gold specks and
surrounding the gravitational magic of the gyrotourbillon. Born from the imagination of the
gemsetters of the Manufacture, rock setting reveals the fire of the baguette-cut diamonds
by entirely concealing the matter holding them in place. The resulting mystery is a secret
jealously kept by the artisans at Jaeger-LeCoultre, and this magnificent stage-setting is
perfectly matched by the complexity of the manually-wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre
Calibre 177.

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