At this year’s SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a large number of new pieces. The first one that was shown in Geneve was the exceptional Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel. This is one of the finest complications within the Master Grande Tradition line that was inspired by its 19th century perpetual calendars.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique (the referent number is 5046520) perfectly combines the historic heritage and cutting-edge technology.
The watch is equipped with Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 985 with a flying tourbillon and a perpetual calendar. The automatic movement features a cylindrical balance-spring, forming an ensemble guaranteeing exceptional precision timing performances. The in-house manufactured mechanism provides no less than 48 hours of power reserve and oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The 49 jewels movement consists of 431 individual parts.
The tourbillon with its grade 5 titanium carriage, its large 14-karats balance and its cylindrical balance-spring developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre creates an impression of levitation.
The silver-grained dial comprises three sub-dials. Its perpetual calendar displays day, date, and month at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. Above the flying tourbillon is the small seconds, and at the 3 o’clock position, there is a moon phase indicator. The dial comprises black hour-markers, dauphines hour and minute hands, and it is nicely rounded with a 60 minutes track at the outer rim.
The watch is housed in a platinum case with the diameter of 42mm. The case construction provides water resistance up to 50 meters (circa 165 feet).
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique boasts a sapphire crystal case back which serves to admire the hand-crafted decorations reflecting a profound respect for traditional watchmaking. The 22-karats gold oscillating weight bears a reproduction of the gold medal that Jaeger-LeCoultre won at the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition in recognition of its spirit of invention and its horological expertise.
The latest member to the Master Grande Tradition line comes attached to an alligator leather strap, fitted with a pin buckle. The watch is produced in a limited quantity of 180 pieces. The number is not chosen randomly. With this watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre pays homage to Antoine LeCoultre (1803–1881) and celebrates 180 years of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s brilliant history.
Since 1833, when Antoine LeCoultre founded a small workshop inLe Sentier,Switzerland, the manufacturer has been producing high-quality timepieces. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the most prestigious brands in the watchmaking industry.