Jaeger-LeCoultre has a reputation for creating impressive watches. Usually, these creations focus on their mechanical nature, highlighting their technical capabilities. But the brand has more skills than just making excellent mechanical calibers. With the new Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon, they display one of them; setting diamonds with meticulous precision.
What most people don’t know is that Jaeger-LeCoultre has quite a reputation in this field. In 2002 they even accomplished something few jewelry brands, let alone a watch brand, can say they did; they invented a new technique of setting diamonds. This so-called snow setting uses different sizes of brilliant-cut diamonds, which are set seemingly at random on the watch. The effect of this resembles that of freshly fallen snow. Interesting is that with the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon Jaeger-LeCoultre does the exact opposite and goes for order and symmetry.
This is most evident in the bracelet of the watch. Large, brilliant-cut diamonds are set in neat rows. Jaeger-LeCoultre needed 310 diamonds to complete the bracelet, which weighs all combined an impressive 22.27 carats. For the bezel, we travel back in time as Jaeger-LeCoultre utilized an old setting technique in which only the bare minimum of metal holds each diamond. First, a setting of smaller diamonds circumferences the dial. A setting of much larger diamonds goes around this inner ring. The beauty of this is that they capture a maximum of light, and with diamonds, especially brilliant-cut ones, light is life.
The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon is still very much a Jaeger-LeCoultre and the brand knows that too much of a good thing, is still too much. The dial is kept rather clean, with only a few diamonds to accentuate its shape. It is the gold sword hands and the moon phase that rule here. They are powered by automatic caliber 925/A1, which can be admired through the sapphire case back. Also in size did Jaeger-LeCoultre not go overboard. The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon has a diameter of 36mm, which is just perfect. It is large enough to show off its beautiful stones and keep the dial legible but at the same time small enough to remain elegant. That also makes this Jaeger-LeCoultre, above all, an exemplary balancing act that highlights a less known aspect of this respected manufacture.