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Watch & Learn: Catherine Deneuve’s Jaeger LeCoultre

The legend lights up Cannes with her diamond-studded watch

It takes real presence to stand out in a roomful of celebrities like Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts. Yet at the 7th Annual Filmmakers Award Dinner at the Hôtel du Cap, Antibes, French actress Catherine Deneuve outshone even the stars in the sky.

The event, hosted by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Finch & Partners was held in honor of filmmaker Gus Van Sant. The dinner is one of the most prestigious events during the Cannes Film Festival and Deneuve is one of the most important figures in French cinema. Her personal star power is her ability to project emotion with the smallest of gestures. Likewise, the Jaeger LeCoultre Joillairie 101 Etrier—her timepiece of choice at the event—is a tiny, perfect showcase of the jeweler and watchmaker’s art.


Jaeger LeCoultre Joillairie 101 Etrier

When the 101 Etrier debuted in 1929 it was the world’s smallest mechanical movement (the Caliber 101’s 74 original parts weighed a total of approximately one gram). Since then, it has undergone several upgrades and it boasts the tiniest watch mechanism in production. The modern Caliber 101 has 98 parts in its 14mm long, 4.8mm wide and 3.4mm thick case.

Not only is it a mechanical marvel, the 101 Etrier is also a piece of high jewelry showcasing the skills of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expert gemsetters. It’s so fancy that Queen Elizabeth II wore one on her Coronation Day in 1953. While there are a variety of styles in the 101 Etrier collection, the case and bracelet of Deneuve’s model are made of 18K white gold set with 212 square-cut diamonds for approximately 12.52 carats of sparkle.

Like all JLC Haute Joaillerie collection watches, Deneuve’s timepiece is a limited edition wonder. Your best bet at finding one is from a Jaeger LeCoultre boutique.