One of the greatest stars at the SIHH 2019 was the just released Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetual Calendar. A watch that shows the prowess of the manufacture in its fifth multi-axis tourbillon with miniaturization of the tourbillon component to create a more wearable watch. Additionally, the watch combines to other major complications turning it into a Grande Complication type of watch. Combining a Westminster carillon minute repeater that replicates the melody of London’s Big Ben clock tower and a perpetual calendar, the watch is available in a limited edition of only 18 pieces and a hefty price tag of CHF800,000 Swiss Francs —approximately $805,000 USD. The watch is available with two different dials, one being a silver grain dial and the other a gorgeous enamel guilloché blue-greenish dial as shown here.
Additionally, just as if the three major complications in this watch were not great enough, the watch features a one-minute constant force mechanism to provide consistent energy to the gyrotourbillon, resulting in a precisely jumping minute hand and a more precise minute repeater mechanism. the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel features a tourbillon that is significantly smaller than those in the preceding Gyrotourbillon timepieces.
The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel uses four sets of gongs and hammers to create the Westminster chime to indicate the quarters when the minute repeater is activated, incorporating a complex mechanism that places it at the most prestigious tier of chiming watches.The most beautiful chime can be marred by interruptions and gaps of silence between the strikes. In order to create a chime of unmatched euphony, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel has a silence-reduction function built into its chiming mechanism. This ensures that even when the full set of Westminster quarters is not struck, there is no time delay corresponding to the missing quarters before the minutes are struck. In every instance of the chime when the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel is activated, the hour strikes, quarter strikes and minute strikes are seamlessly joined.
Details About the Watch
Case: 18K White Gold 43 mm in diameter and 14.08 mm in thickness.
Movement: Calibre 184 Manual Wound with a power reserve of 52 hours.
Dial: Blue guilloché enamel or Silver grained.
Sticker Price CHF800,000 Swiss Francs —approximately $805,000 USD. For more info on Jaeger-LeCoultre click here.