The house of Jaeger-LeCoultre has brought out once again some of the most beautiful pieces of high jewelry watches with two new stunning, glowing models for 2020. The house is showcasing its calibre 101, the smallest mechanical movement in the world which with its minuscule size and baguette shape, revolutionized ladies watchmaking. Less than 5mm wide and weighing barely one gram, the tiny hand-wound calibre is a remarkable feat of miniaturization that was first developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1929, a half a century before the advent of computerized design and production technology. It is also one of the world’s oldest movements that continues to be in production. Over the years the calibre 101 has been the star of jewelry watches not only by Jaeger-LeCoultre and other leading houses as well.
These rare timepieces have been worn by exceptional women including Queen Elizabeth II who wore one- a gift from the French president Albert LeBrun when she was a princess.— for her coronation in 1953. The movement was in the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch that appeared as a simple slender diamond bracelet on her wrist.
Both of the new timepieces are composed of pink gold set with diamonds and outfitted with a silvered opaline dial. However the designs are completely different. The Snowdrop is inspired by the white bell-shaped flowers that are able to grow through a thin layer of snow in the delightful Vallée de Joux, where the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture is located. Set with 904 diamonds, the gem-setting work alone represents 130 hours of work by the jewelry artisans of the house. Meanwhile the Bangle watch is inspired by the Art Deco movement and 20th century Modernism and is set with 996 diamonds.
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