While the high-end watch manufacturers are focusing on complicated and unique timepieces for men's watches, the women watches are still designed with prime focus on aesthetics. Though even the women watches market is maturing with introduction of hi-tech watches like Chanel's Flying Tourbillon and Richard Mille's RM051 limited edition watch for women, the secret jewelry watches have their old-world charm intact with the ladies. And, the latest in the secret watches is Jaeger LeCoultre’s La Montre Extraordinaire La Rose which has been given a diamond make over.
After a spectacular launch five years ago at the Venice Film Festival, the La Rose is all set to bedazzle people this time in a new sparkling avatar, where 14 carats of diamonds all work to lit up your wrist. Radiating supreme elegance and aesthetic appeal, the extraordinary creation unites the art of fine jewelry with watch making. The diamond set floral watch boast delicate gem setting techniques.
The watch’s delicate curves have been inspired by the nineteenth century. The rose’s bloom sculpted, aptly and perfectly, in white gold, is covered entirely with precious stones that accentuate the finesse and almost lifelike motion of the petals. As pointed out already, each piece is born from the fingers of expert craftsmen. And, how did the professionals get the gem setting perfect? That the model represents the perfect match between precision and beauty can, in part, be attributed to the application of, what experts say, the most complex of all gem-setting techniques- the snow setting.
Gem setting, within the manufacture’s workshops, is an art practiced with the exigencies of a discipline. Apart from mastering the customary gestures of their craft, the gem-setters at the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshops have themselves devised procedures to meet certain aesthetic demands. The craftsman’s penchant for perfection and his expert skills peek from every corner of the watch. The way each and every nestled stone has been made to carpet the metal surface slowly and progressively is beyond us to describe.
Moreover, it wasn’t just the complexity of task or the time needed to get it done, but creating the La rose had a lot to do with gem selection as well. The tiniest diameters had to merge into the daring shapes almost seamlessly. Considering that the petals provided no flat surface whatsoever and that the rose had to be covered with 1,420 diamonds, the task was anything but easy.
In creating the diamond set rose watch, the master gem setter chose an extremely broad palette of adjusted and individually cut stones. In the preliminary stage, the stones were fit closely side by side, while the gem setter continued playing with the diameters. The dial, studded with pink sapphire representing the transcendent and precious nature of time, is undoubtedly one of the watch’s most interesting features.
Jaeger- LeCoultre has a long history of creating sophisticated feminine timepieces. Each piece from the manufacturer’s stable is created with special attention to mechanistic and aesthetic details. The LeCoultre Calibre 7HP born in the 1880s is probably the oldest piece embodying such manufacturing principles. With such a long tradition of manufacturing seductive and elegant watches, all we can hope for is that LeCoultre, in its latest edition, once again stands the test of time.