Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to astronomy in 2015

Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to astronomy in 2015

In 2015, the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux is keen to share its fascination for the movements of the heavenly bodies, drawing upon these inexhaustible sources of inspiration and using them as a privileged means of expressing its expertise.

An impressive panorama
Because they speak to the mind and the heart, calendar complications have the ability to fire the imagination. Lunar calendar, sidereal zodiac calendar... the very terms used to describe them are a voyage into a universe that stretches far beyond our grasp and yet governs us. Through its new creations, Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre illustrates the phenomena observed by ancient civilisations and which punctuate our daily lives. The calendar year represents a complete turn of the earth around the sun. Moon phases gave rise to the week and the month. The 12 hours represent the 12 decans visible during the night of the spring solstice. Minutes and seconds were adopted in order to facilitate complex astronomical calculations. By bringing them within reach of connoisseurs of fine objects, the Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmaking Manufacture wanted the complete calendar and the moon phase to occupy the place they rightly deserve in our daily lives.

Fragments of the sky
To embody the magnetic beauty of the sky, moon and stars, Jaeger-LeCoultre opted for materials directly related to its source of inspiration, such as meteorite stone and lapis lazuli. Meteorites, the shooting stars that cross the sky while leaving a luminous trail, have been brought to life by the craftsmen of the Manufacture with a blend of passion and determination, in order to reveal the beauty they have concentrated across the ages.

Invention according to Jaeger-LeCoultre
Surprising and enchanting the men and women who prove sensitive to these concentrated blends of the watchmaking expertise: such is the mindset nurtured by Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has made inventiveness a key focus. Calendar functions have long since been part of the watchmaking culture of the Grande Maison, admirably complementing other complications such as the Tourbillon or the Minute Repeater. This year, they are expressed in their own right and thus find themselves resolutely in the spotlight.