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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel Watch First Look

For fans of the tourbillon, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mega Gyrotourbillon watches are the ones to look out for. These watches are usually the pinnacle of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s stable, often offering multiple complications to go with a complex multi-axis tourbillon. The latest Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual is the fifth watch in the brand’s Gyrotourbillon series, and it could very well be the most complicated one yet, combining a multi-axis tourbillon driven by a constant force mechanism with a perpetual calendar and a minute repeater that plays the Westminster chime.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel Watch First Look

Specifications

Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual
Dimensions: 43mm diameter, 14.08mm height
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Case Material: White gold
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire
Movement: Calibre 184
Frequency: 4Hz
Power Reserve: 52 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Blue alligator strap
Price & Availability: €800,000

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel Watch First Look

Analysis

Well, where to start? Obviously, this is an extremely complex watch but what’s really impressive to me is the attention to detail that Jaeger-LeCoultre paid to wearability and legibility. The white gold case is just 43mm in diameter and 14mm thick, which is incredible when you consider how complicated and intricate the movement is. Furthermore, the watch is easy to read. Time is read off a traditional looking dial at 12 o’clock; the date is shown by a pointer; and the day of the week, year, and month are shown digitally by evenly positioned apertures across the dial. You can get it with a blue guilloche enamel dial or a silver grained dial. Rounding out the dial is the multi-axis tourbillon at 6 o’clock which is flanked by the two hammers. There is a pleasing symmetry to the dial that you often don’t see in super complicated watches.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel Watch First Look

Speaking of hammers, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual’s striking mechanism is quite unique. Using lessons learned from the Hybris Mechanica Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie of 2009, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual’s gongs are crystal and they are welded directly to the dial crystal to enhance the sound of the chimes. Additionally, the gongs have square cross-sections which are said to further amplify the chimes.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel Watch First Look

Adding further complexity to the movement is the multi-axis tourbillon. For starters, it’s considerably smaller than its predecessors, which is how case thickness has been kept to just 14mm. It is coupled to a one-minute constant force mechanism. This achieves two things: 1) it improves chronometric performance by ensuring constant torque to the escapement and 2) allows for a one-minute jumping hand. So as you can see, this is a really thoughtful watch with pleasing aesthetics and a highly intricate movement with meaningful complications. Oh, and if you thought the dial is sweet, just wait till you see the case back. The movement, visible through a sapphire display case back and highly decorated of course, will blow your mind. Hands-on pictures from SIHH 2019 to come.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel Watch First Look

Conclusion

Based on what I have seen from SIHH 2019 so far, I think it’s safe to say that the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual will end up being on a lot of people’s top 10 lists. It’s one thing to make a highly complicated watch, it’s another thing altogether to make one that is complicated, wearable, and aesthetically pleasing. For me, Jaeger-LeCoultre has accomplished just that with their new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual is limited to just 25 pieces and as you would expect for an astonishing watch like this, it is priced at an equally breathtaking €800,000. Learn more at jaeger-lecoultre.com

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  • obijohn

    This is the kind of watch that needs a brief video of the movement to really appreciate.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      You would think that there would be a little video to let us mere mortals listen to the chimes. Can’t find one anywhere.

  • Shinyitis

    Your gongs are primed your majesty. One would completely wear this.

  • Pete L

    Epic. Beautiful masterpiece.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Just to clarify. The patented trebuchet hammers ( which are not crystal ) strike two crystal gongs, which are in turn fixed to the sapphire crystal, helping transmit the sound from inside to out. Can’t wait to see this hands on. I thought there was only 18 being made but what do I know.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCjVwRdL8ic

  • Oh my…I got a little lightheaded when I saw that. A magnificent tour de force.

  • Alex Cheung

    Oh boy that thing is spectacular

  • LetoAtreides69

    goodness gracious

  • Osama Abughanim

    ????

  • Drool….

  • phacepalm

    The engraving on the back of the actual watch says only 18 pieces will be made and so does the article over at Hodinkee. Where does the author of this piece get his info about 25 pieces? (not that I can afford any of them)

  • Farkbinder012

    Daddy Like Plenty! Maybe one of my billionaire friends will buy me one? My birthday at the end of this month is the perfect occasion! Patiently waiting for the Courier to arrive!!!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    What a beautifull mess.

    • Yeah, not cohesive, but still a beauty – chaos and all.

  • egznyc

    It’s very complicated and beautiful. But for nearly a million bucks, it’s missing something. Maybe add a chronograph into the mix? 😉

  • al-nitak

    Blatant and dull at the same time, which is itself an achievement. The mechanism is of course a first-class marvel, but is being profoundly scarred, even disfigured by the aesthetics surrounding it (a monstruous late-19th century re-elaboration of an 18th century theme, which was passé even when it saw the light: it just lacks two tiny colibri-shaped singing extensions popping out every 15 minutes and a bigger Santa-shaped laughing one sneaking out at every hour). The quintessence for all those who (all of the commentators following these notes, it seems) think that there is a soul inside a spring. This is the timepiece I despise the most: it even makes me a little more sad than before seeing it. I consider it an insult to the genuine interest I have toward the mystery of the indication of Time, our invisible Master, an indefinible concept, not yet grasped even by the most brilliant minds.

  • Framlucasse

    An impressive work of Art.

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