Jaeger Lecoultre 101 Snowdrop and Bangle. 2 new jewelry watches with fine horology content.

Aug 10, 2020,01:58 AM

Even at Jaeger Lecoultre, they know that I am not a big fan of paved watches. I almost never take pictures of them, truth to be told. 

But here, I made an exception. Why? Because here, it is not only about jewelry! 

Indeed, not only these two watches are a ture challenge in terms of fine jewelry, and you will soon understand why, but they are also, or should I say mainly, an object of horology. 

These two new models house the smallest calibre ever made, the Cal 101, which is 14 x 4, 8 mm big and 3, 4 mm high. Yes, you read well, 14 x 4, 8 mm big... A volume of 0, 2 Cm Cube!

To give you an idea of its size, here are two pictures:

And what adds to its extraordinary challenge, this Calibre was made since... 1929! 

It beats at 21, 600 alternances per hour, and offers a power reserve of 33 hours. It is made of 98 parts, versus the 78 parts of the original Cal 101.

That being said, let's see each of these marvels. 


Diamonds everywhere... 

With a case which is only 18, 35 mm x 5, 98 mm, don't expect to read the time easily. The purpose is elsewhere, here. It is made for ladies for who having a watch with great horology is important, in a jewelry execution. Let's guess that these ladies will spend more time admiring time than reading it on its delicious opaline dial.

Made in rose gold, this watch is set with 904 diamonds ( yes, you read it well, 904 ) for a total of 20, 4 Carat. 

Isn't that close up terrific? 

Can you imagine the skill it requires to insert all these diamonds? I had the opportunity and the privilege to visit the jewelry workshop at the Manufacture and to admire the work of these artists, it is unbelievable. 

To give you an idea of that challenge, here are some other pictures of the work in progress: 

As a bonus, some drawings of the 101 Snowdrop: 

- THE 101 BANGLE: 

Even more extravagant, the 101 Bangle certainly is, with its less classic, not to say spectacular shape: 

The case has the same dimensions as the 101 Snowdrop ( 18, 35 x 5, 98 mm ), with the same observations about the opaline dial sunk into this ocean of diamonds. 

The whole watch, in rose gold too, has even more diamonds, here 996, representing 19, 7 Carats.

I would say that the name-Bangle- is very well chosen, even if it doesn't give an exact idea of what it is, in reality. It is much more than a bracelet, it is a real work of Art, in its shapes. 

Like for the Snowdrop, the diamonds setting is spectacular: 

And the legibility is not better, either, but, once again, this is not the purpose of this watch. 

Here are some drawings: 

If I had to choose one among these 2, I would favor the Bangle, for its superior artistic dimension. 

I could take some quick pictures: 

The Bangle alone:

And the 101 Bangle on the 101 Snowdrop: 

The only drawback, but it was expectable, the price, almost half a Gyrotourbillon Five, but I can reasonably bet that the final clients won't be the same... 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,



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Marvelous craftsmanship!

 By: lm6 : August 10th, 2020-02:29
The legibility on the other hand...... But of course I know that is not of importance in a watch like this.

JLC is has amazing jewel’s skills

 By: PoyFR : August 10th, 2020-02:50
Never leaving you indifferent. I am still dreaming (for my wife) of their jeweled Watches présentation at La Mostra du Venezia (I think it was 2009-2010), I was jaw dropped and still I’m

Great post and superb pictures.

 By: kev09 : August 10th, 2020-04:04
It’s really fascinating to see how these beautiful pieces are made up. The skill is amazing. The drawings are very charming too; they would look nice framed as a decorative set on a wall. Thanks for showing these. Regards Kev.

Thanks for the terrific photoreport Nico, really a high level of craftmanship and attention to details! Of course I'm not the intended audience of similar watches...

 By: FabR : August 10th, 2020-05:30
...but I don't mind them at all on a woman, with the obvious understanding that they are, first and foremost, jewels -- though with the added bonus of a top watch brand behind them, hence also nontrivial horologically ;-) Cheers.

I don’t understand this image

 By: cazalea : August 10th, 2020-05:56
Does the Bangle fold or flex in some way? I would go for the Snowdrop. I have an anniversary soon ... (counting on fingers ...  


 By: Jurry : August 10th, 2020-13:18
The weird thing is that I love these paved watches but my wife doesn’t like them at all (which is good for my wallet)

Lucky you! [nt]

 By: amanico : August 10th, 2020-14:02

Fully agree [nt]

 By: Jurry : August 10th, 2020-14:36

No way haha [nt]

 By: Jurry : August 10th, 2020-14:48

;) [nt]

 By: amanico : August 10th, 2020-14:49

Exquisite! And looks very practical and scratch resistant!

 By: patrick_y : August 10th, 2020-15:44
I wonder if it's easy to wind.

Now that's an idea! [nt]

 By: amanico : August 10th, 2020-15:48

very nice releases.

 By: ChristianDK : August 11th, 2020-06:27
tastefully done. Especially the snowdrop (even if they have a lot of diamonds)

You have always been a great romantic, Nico!

 By: ChristianDK : August 11th, 2020-06:35
WAIT......are you coming on to me ? LOLOL ;-) ;-)

That's true. ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : August 11th, 2020-06:36

Too kind. :))) [nt]

 By: amanico : August 11th, 2020-06:41

JLC is so skilled and can create a magical illusion

 By: PoyFR : August 12th, 2020-12:38
In the past I saw some of their secret extraordinary watches presented at La Mostra di Venezia I am still feeling my amazement and emotions. I am still wishing to one day see my wife wearing one of JLC secret watches... LA ROSE JLC imagined a secret watch...  

Here pictures and words are not enough

 By: PoyFR : August 12th, 2020-12:45
It is very hard to describe and word and show images of these pieces and techniques. What you are showing here is nicely presented and it give hints of what it is but truly each of these pieces merit to be seen with bare eyes because this work of experts ... 

just stunning

 By: NautNut : September 1st, 2020-17:07
great capture!

To say the least! ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : October 10th, 2020-00:45