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Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Jewels -

Rarely has there ever been a time­piece as po­et­i­cally del­i­cate as Jaeger-LeCoul­tre’s Ren­dez-Vous Ivy Se­cret watch. Im­me­di­ately upon view­ing, one gets the sense of de­mure grandeur and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, and with an as­ton­ish­ing 304 di­a­monds set into a white gold bracelet, this would be one of those times that first im­pres­sions are in fact, cor­rect.

But don’t let first glances be the last. A mas­ter­piece among mas­ter­pieces, the Ivy Se­cret has much to re­veal; a closer look at the time­piece will un­cover ivy leaves en­graved on the side of the case and hand-painted onto a mother-of-pearl dial with iri­des­cent re­flec­tions.

Demon­strat­ing the un­ri­valled prow­ess of a Swiss watch­maker well worth its 180-year track record, the Ivy Se­cret boasts an awe-strik­ing range of bril­liant, baguette, and mar­quise cut di­a­monds on the slightly domed cover where they in­tri­cately out­line the shape of a flower. “To me, a ladies watch needs to be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent,” says Stéphane Bel­mont, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre’s in­ter­na­tional cre­ative and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor. “It needs to be el­e­gant, re­fined, and mys­te­ri­ous. It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to fig­ure out what is be­hind the other side of the watch, and the dis­cov­ery is per­haps why our Se­cret watch is a great suc­cess.”

Pow­ered by the Jaeger-LeCoul­tre Cal­i­bre 846/1, the 18-jewel Ivy Se­cret may as well be the col­lec­tion’s show-stop­per, with its ro­man­tic and ex­cep­tional artistry, but it is cer­tainly not the only watch worth men­tion­ing. Go­ing along the same ivy theme, the Ren­dez-Vous Ivy Tourbillon con­tin­ues with the same po­etic el­e­gance that has been dom­i­nat­ing the Ren­dez-Vous col­lec­tion.

Where the Ivy Se­cret may have served as a glimpse back into an era where there was beauty in telling time, the Tourbillon, with its Jaeger-LeCoul­tre Cal­i­bre 978 and 33-jewel move­ment, is recog­nis­ably bolder. “The Ren­dez-Vous Ivy Tourbillon is a good ex­am­ple of com­bin­ing a very tech­ni­cal move­ment tourbillon with ex­quis­ite aes­thetic,” Bel­mont re­veals. “We’ve in­tro­duced the artistry of Métiers d’Art into the col­lec­tion, such as enam­elling and guil­loché, and this makes the Ren­dez-Vous Ivy Tourbillon a very fem­i­nine watch for the wearer,” he adds.

Frozen in time un­der­neath watch crys­tal, the un­par­al­leled artistry and stone-set­ting of the Swiss lux­ury watch­maker re­main gen­uine and un­flinch­ing to the test of time; and the Ren­dez-Vous Ivy Se­cret and Tourbillon watches are un­fil­tered re­flec­tions of the Grande Mai­son’s rai­son d’être: time­less aes­thet­ics for a sense of ever­last­ing vi­tal­ity and po­etry.

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