Watches Wednesday: Jaeger-LeCoultre Introduces 2 New Models For The Joaillerie 101 Collection
18 July 2018

Watches Wednesday: Jaeger-LeCoultre Introduces 2 New Models For The Joaillerie 101 Collection

Jaeger-LeCoultre has presented 2 new models from the Joaillerie 101 collection at the recent Venice International Film Festival. These timepieces fuse watchmaking expertise meets high jewellery craftsmanship, featuring the smallest ever mechanical movement in the world created in 1929, made and manufactured entirely at the Grande Maison of the Valée de Joux.

Way back in 1929, when pocket watches were being taken over by wristwatches, women dreamed of wearing jewels on their wrists, but with an additional feature: that these jewels also serve a practical function, that is, to be able to tell the time. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Calibre 101 movement (and this is where the Joaillerie 101 collection gets its name), more than a century later, still remains the smallest mechanical movement in the world, measuring 14 x 4.8 mm with a thickness of just 3.4mm. Weighing slightly under a gramme, it contains a total of 98 components assembled entirely by hand, with each of its components custom-manufactured and adjusted. Small it may be, or, minuscule even, but with its balance wheel’s ability to oscillate at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, it sure packs a punch, especially in terms of precision and accuracy.

Evolution of Jaeger-LeCoultre's Duoplan Movement
Evolution of the “Duoplan” movement: 101, patrimoine, 2018, Mostra, calibre 101, calibre Duoplan, evolution calibre

For these 2 new timepieces which come equipped with the very same Calibre 101 movement, and crafted entirely in pink gold it’s now time to get ourselves acquainted with the Joaillerie 101 Reine and the Joaillerie 101 Feuille, each of which are adorned with 110 pavé diamonds. Just like its moniker, the Joaillerie 101 Reineor “Queen” in English, has a majestic air about her, with a simple square casing, as if two rows of tennis bracelets have been soldered together to form its diamond bracelet strap.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Reine
Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 101 Feuille

Where the Joaillerie 101 Feuille (translation: “Leaf”) is concerned, it’s easy to see where it gets its name. Its “headdress” also entirely covered in brilliant- and baguette-cut diamonds, assumes the form of a dazzling and sparkling leaf. A “secret watch” of sorts, it disguises itself as a bracelet. Open the leaf to reveal the dial of the square-cased watch.

Even though I’m not usually a fan of dainty watches, I would personally opt for the Feuille because it’s so much more “magical”, plus, it serves as a great bracelet too, especially for black tie events, don’t you think? Oh, and I’d definitely wear it closed unless I need to tell the time. What about you?


Images courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre