CALIBRE 101 REINE & 101 FEUILLE
THE MAKINGS OF A QUEEN
Launched at the Venice Film Festival, the two jewel watches, Reine and Feuille, are powered by the Calibre 101, the world’s smallest self-winding movement since 1929
After almost 90 years of existence, the Calibre 101 by Jaeger-LeCoultre has a truly fascinating history. It was inspired by the famous Duoplan invented in 1925 and was made up of two parts, a first level with the barrel and cogs, and a second with the escapement. At just 0.2cm³, weighing barely one gram and with its miniature dimensions (14×4.8×3.4mm), it has been the world’s smallest hand-wound movement since 1929. Elizabeth II wore a watch with the Calibre 101 at her coronation in 1953, going against the protocol of the time. This small, but accurate mechanism that is set and wound using a flat crown on the back of the case, runs at a gentle frequency of 21,600 vibrations an hour and provides a power reserve of 33 hours.
During the 75th Venice Film Festival, which took place from 29 August to 8 September 2018, the “Grande Maison“ launched two new rose-gold Calibre 101 watches: the 101 Reine (Queen) faithfully reproducing the Queen of England’s watch, and the 101 Feuille (Leaf), a secret watch inspired by a timepiece from 1959. Both are small in size (18.35×6.8mm) and impressively slim (5.47mm). The straps are coated in two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds framing a silvered opaline dial. On the dial, two gilded, baton-style hour and minute hands are displayed inside a brushed bezel and a finely frosted chapter ring.
The 101 Feuille watch has an elegant lid with a silhouette filled with leaf-like delicacy. This elegant arabesque around the dial protecting it from prying eyes is covered in three rows of diamonds, including a central row made up of baguette-cut stones, with a total of 167 gems for 10.3 carats.
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By Sharmila Bertin
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