May 24, 2017
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its 180th year with the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3.
—ROBERTA NAAS, ATimelyPerspective.com
As mentioned on ATimelyPerspective.com a couple of days ago, Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its 180th anniversary this year, and as such it unveils the 10th watch in its Hybris Mechanica series of Grande complications—the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3. The watch features a flying spherical tourbillon and—for the first time—an instantaneous digital display chronograph. It is, in fact, the masterpiece of the “Tribute to Antoine LeCoultre” Jubilee trilogy.
The absence of an upper bridge makes this watch mesmerizing. It is composed of two carriages, respectively rotating in one minute and 24 seconds—meaning 2.5 times a minute—and is accomplished not only thanks to the inventiveness of the engineers and watchmakers of the manufacture, but also to the use of cutting-edge equipment such as the five-axis machining center. Finally, ultra-light materials such as aluminium are all that would suffice to achieve the authentic micromechanical feat of an ensemble composed of just about 100 parts, yet weighing less than one gram.
This watch houses the new 592-part Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 176, built by the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux to combine gyrotourbillon with chronograph function. The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee is also a single-push piece chronograph, further paying homage to the brand’s early years but deftly offering visionary, cutting-edge accomplishment. The new extra-white platinum case measures 43.5 mm in diameter and 15.5mm thick. Just 75 pieces of this complex power house will be built.
Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.