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Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, during SIHH 2019

Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, during SIHH 2019

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Jaeger-LeCoultre or “La Grande Maison” has, much the same as a portion of its sister brands inside the Richemont Group, seen a few changes at its head as of late. Another CEO, Catherine Rénier (already at Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels), often implies another procedure. Rather tactful as of recently, we thought the SIHH 2019 was the correct opportunity to converse with her about what’s new for 2019, what’s to come in the coming years and what Mrs Rénier’s foundation in the gems business could bring to a very horological manufacture. 

What is the transcendent theme at Jaeger-LeCoultre this year and your general system for 2019?

The theme during the current year’s salon rotates around the craft of accuracy: the exactness of specialized development, as shown by the New Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, and furthermore the accuracy behind the signal, which we can appreciate in our Métiers Rares. Plainly high watchmaking, which has consistently been a mark of Jaeger-LeCoultre, is essential for our general procedure and shows our drive to develop and kick off something new in watchmaking.

We’ve additionally dealt with improving the presentation of the types of our new Master Ultra-Thin watches. Another assortment of three restricted releases with moon stages, ceaseless schedule and tourbillon capacities, all beautified with delightful blue polish dials made by Manufacture’s Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) division, uncover a marriage of high exactness pieces with hand-made dials. ( More subtleties here )

Can you disclose to us more about the Gyrotourbillon and its significance in the 2019 novelties?

The new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel required five years really taking shape. As you probably are aware, we presented the Gyrotourbillon complication in 2004. The particularity of this new model, the fifth era is the relationship of three complications: the Gyrotourbillon, the unending schedule and the moment repeater. What we have accomplished with this model is that every one of these complications goes above and beyond in exactness and execution than any of its archetypes. The Gyrotourbillon, for example, is driven by a consistent power component. It conveys a consistent progression of energy all through the 52-hour power save of the watch. A bouncing minutes hand offers more prominent exactness. The moment repeater has Westminster tolls with four catapult hammers on four gongs and a complex tune composed of four notes. To maintain a strategic distance from interferences between the strikes, the watch includes a quiet decrease work. Furthermore, interestingly at Jaeger-LeCoultre, the never-ending schedule can be set advances or backwards.

Another accomplishment of the Gyrotourbillon has to do with the elements of the watch. The measurement of 43mm is like other Gyrotourbillons of the past, yet the thickness of this piece is noteworthy. On the off chance that you believe that there are 92 components alone in the Gyrotoubillon and more than 1,000 in the development – all hand-completed – you can comprehend why the case stature of 14.08mm is so amazing. This makes it particularly wearable and comfortable. The watch comes in a restricted release of 18 pieces with a white dial and 18 pieces with a blue guilloché polish dial.

How does your experience at Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels impact your way to deal with ladies’ watches at Jaeger-LeCoultre?

Of course, I am very acquainted with gems watches however this has consistently been a quality of Jaeger-LeCoultre. I have not gotten anything to the Maison this respect. With the 101 manifestations and the 101 development created in 1929, gems watches and jewel setting have been an in-house forte for quite a long time. All the gems setting on the new Rendez-Vous is finished by our craftsmans at the Manufacture.

How significant are ladies’ watches at JLC?

We are a Maison of generally balance. We are adjusted among people, among sports and class. Ladies and men’s watches have consistently lived one next to the other from the very beginning. Since the start, there were consistently items for people. The Reverso has consistently offered models for both genders and this will proceed. The new 36mm Dazzling Rendez-Vous is prong-set with jewels on the outside piece of the watch. This setting permits the light to arrive at the precious stone and truly sparkle. It’s an entirely wearable watch size and comes in white or pink gold, I truly like the warm pink gold version.

Last year you presented the Polaris assortment? What are your arrangements for this collection?

To proceed! It’s been an incredible achievement and has outperformed our assumptions on numerous fronts. Following great marketing projections in US and Europe and a solid premium from Asia, we’ll be doing some restricted arrangement in spite of the fact that we intend to acquaint lasting references with the assortment. The Polaris will remain our rich games offer. What has functioned admirably in the Polaris line is the chronograph and the metal arm band. It is difficult to do a decent bracelet.

Do you intend to present new item lines?

We have solid columns at Jaeger-LeCoultre. There are a few things to be rearranged to a great extent, however I feel we have all the fundamental bases and resources for push ahead. The one watch I couldn’t want anything more than to discuss later on would be the Duomètre…

E-commerce and computerized are becoming increasingly more significant at Richemont. How would you imagine the future?

We’ve consistently been a forerunner in web based business and have had web based business appropriation in China for many years. We’re presenting extra administrations on the site like the tie configurator…everything that can help the customer for a superior excursion in his buy. This will proceed with the new acquisitions in the gathering. A significant advancement is to fabricate this client venture as far as immediate administrations to the customer. We need to be certain we can teach a customer on the best way to deal with his watch, how to set and oversee complications and will proactively communicate with our customers sending updates for exams on their watch, so the customer feels that the brand is by their side…

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