It is no secret (or surprise) that the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control collection with sector dials was one of the true sleeper hits of SIHH this year. However, JLC had other great watches on offer this year, and one that I found quite impressive in the ladies’ collection was the Rendez-Vous Night & Day Large. Here’s a first look.
This watch is a new addition to the existing Rendez-Vous collection, which is JLC’s main women’s line featuring round case shapes, as opposed to the classic rectangular Reverso. Rendez-Vous was first released in 2012, and has been gaining popularity ever since. The Rendez-Vous Night & Day Large features a guilloché silvered dial with exaggerated Arabic numerals. There is a day/night indication in the aperture placed at six o’clock with a rotating disc bearing the sun and the moon. The watch is powered by the caliber JLC 898D/1, which is automatic and has a 40-hour power reserve.
So what is different about this watch to distinguish it from previous models? Not much, except the larger 38.5mm case size. It’s available in both steel and yellow gold with diamonds – this is the first yellow gold Rendez-Vous and it’s nice to see more manufactures mixing things up with both yellow and rose gold instead of always defaulting to the latter.
However, it’s the steel that really gets my attention. While this watch is not revolutionary, it is one example of how brands are starting to offer ladies’ watches in steel in larger case sizes (see IWC Da Vinci Moon Phase 36m), which is refreshing.
The Rendez-Vous Night & Day Large retails for $8,800 in steel on a strap, $9,900 in steel with a steel bracelet, and $15,000 for the yellow gold version with a diamond bezel. For more information, visit Jaeger-LeCoultre online.