This year’s addition to the palette of Jeager-LeCoultre products, Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste, is a piece oriented towards the sky and equipped with an orbiting flying tourbillion. Apart from the revolving tourbillion, the timekeeper also includes a sky chart of stars as seen from the Northern hemisphere, as well as a depiction of the Sun which revolves around the starry dial and thus shows time in 24-hour format. Finally, it likewise tells the current Zodiac sign and month. The complex hand-wound proprietary movement of the piece is set in a package of equivalent appeal. It has a white gold case decorated with two rows of different cut diamonds with the total weight of 5.4 carats as its decoration.
Even the first look on the Jeager-LeCoultre timekeeper from the Master series clearly shows its general theme. Its dark blue dial depicts the orbital sphere or, as it can be said otherwise, it shows the actual chart of the night sky over the Northern hemisphere. Around the deep blue background of the dial, a flying tourbillion revolves. There is also a representation of the sun at the perimeter of the watch’s face which is used to display celestial time and which completes the revolution every 24 hours, so it can be used to tell the time in 24-hour format. All the lovers of astrology will also be pleased to know that the watch likewise shows the current zodiac sign and thus the current month as well. The dial is completed with two dauphine-shaped central hands which naturally show hours and minutes.
The features of Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Celeste are enabled with its mechanical manually-wound caliber 945. It is an intricate movement which integrates 35 jewels and 334 components altogether in its construction. Caliber 945 operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph and includes a single barrel which is why its power reserve is not so extensive and lasts for around two days.
As it has been mentioned, the celestial-inspired piece by JLC is made in a lavish package. It features an 18 K white gold housing of the round shape. It is 42 mm wide and not so thin with the height of 13.1 mm (this is because its movement is of the same kind with the thickness of 10.32 mm), while its resistance to water pressure measures to 50 meters. The watch with the reference 5073401 is also decorated with two rows of around 174 precious stones. The first row on the inner bezel is encrusted with brilliant-cut diamonds. It is surrounded with another garland of baguette-cut stones which are also present around its crown and placed on its lugs. The total amount of the precious stones used to decorate the piece is pretty high and weighs around 5.4 carats, which, naturally, considerably raises the price of the piece.
Finally, it should be said that Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Celeste is coupled with a black alligator leather strap which fastens with a double folding buckle which is precisely 18 mm wide.