It might surprise you to learn that one of my favourite watches from this year’s SIHH show was the Dazzling Rendez-Vous from Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Rendez-Vous has been a strong women’s offering for some time, but this Dazzling version really ups the ante. This is thanks largely to that outer ring of 36 diamonds, which dominate the bezel. And while the size and clarity of these rocks is impressive, what really makes them shine is the setting — they use a griffe, or claw-like setting, which shows off much more of the surface of the stones and lets in more light, which equals … you guessed it, more dazzle.
And this latest addition to the JLC DRV (as I’ve taken to calling it) is more dazzling still, thanks to the fully set case and bracelet. Really, it’s outstanding. The bracelet boasts 310 stones weighing 22.27 carats, which is more than enough to sink your teeth into. And then there’s the profusion of stones on the case and the inner bezel. But even though this timepiece is positively dripping, there’s plenty of delicacy at play too. The mother-of-pearl dial is rich, with a finely detailed outer section that is ‘tiled’ and, of course, the moonphase, with its aventurine night sky, is pure romance. The movement is a manual wind, and the price is, well, it’s not disclosed, but it definitely falls into the POA category.