Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième in pink gold : a sense of performance

01.20.14

  • Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique

The creation of this model is a dizzying feat that sets a connoisseur’s heart beating as fast as its mechanism. Inspired by its 19th century perpetual calendars, the Swiss watchmaker, Jaeger-LeCoultre launches one of its finest complications within the Master Grande Tradition collection: the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel perpetual calendar watch in pink gold. Dedicated to collectors and devotees of the watchmaking art, its advanced technology makes it the world's most accurate perpetual calendar.

The watch, equipped with a flying tourbillon and a perpetual calendar, has been created in complete respect for the noblest watchmaking traditions and is in tune with the quest for absolute precision treasured by the founder of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre. Within a large 42 mm pink gold case, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 985 beats to the rhythm of a flying tourbillon and is equipped with a cylindrical balance-spring, forming an ensemble that delivers exceptional precision-timing performance. The tourbillon is a major feat in itself. Its grade 5 titanium carriage, its large 14-carat gold balance and its cylindrical balance-spring developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre create an impression of levitation: the tourbillon appears to be suspended in mid-air at the heart of the movement. The perpetual calendar provides a crystal-clear display of the day, date, month and year, along with the moon phases; while the daring small seconds counts off precious moments above the flying tourbillon.

Its 18-carat pink gold case pays tribute to the 19th century and draws inspiration from the style codes characterising pocket-watches. Its array of design details reflects these same codes: hour-markers, a traditional minute circle, and a silver-toned grained dial finish. The superbly understated new “dauphine” hands make a perfect match with the classic nature of the model.

The sapphire crystal serves to showcase the hand-crafted decorations reflecting a profound respect for traditional watchmaking. The 22-carat gold oscillating weight bears a reproduction of the gold medal won by Jaeger-LeCoultre at the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition in recognition of its horological expertise and its spirit of invention. The equally visible cylindrical balance-spring of the flying tourbillon also serves as a reminder of the extent to which the horological complications featured in the timepiece appear to be moving in an entirely different sphere.

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