Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital

Inspired by the dazzling views of sky beginning from sun rise to sun set, Jaeger-LeCoultre creates a striking Haute Joaillerie model named Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital. In tribute to the heavens, the Manufacture has equipped it with an orbital tourbillon whose slow and fascinating movements create constantly surprising effects.

This new creation is a compendium of the skills and expertise cultivated by the artisans of the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux. They have devoted themselves body and soul to this highly complex achievement. Each technical hurdle overcome, each stone cleverly and deftly placed, is the work of men and women devoted to their craft. The beauty of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital can be fully appreciated in the light of their talent and their commitment. This is a model to be discovered at its own pace, in step with the feelings its stirs, well beyond any immediate perception.
The dial of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital features a precise configuration interpreted in a classical manner inspired by ancient Greece. Interpreting the attractively multi-levelled design of amphitheatres and the resulting depth effect on a watch dial is a challenge in itself. The Manufacture was determined to adopt this approach that infuses the diamonds with peerless fiery intensity. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s longstanding natural affinities with gemsetting are steadily strengthened by the artisans’ desire to give life to their most promising ideas. They have already invented the rock setting technique characterised by the absence of any visible metal holding the stones, as well as that of snow setting and its marvellous ability to convey the magic of nature.

On this model, they have devised a pyramid-style gemsetting technique in which the baguette-cut diamonds are arranged in such a way as to create a volume that unfurls like a dainty corolla, causing the depth effects to heighten the dancing sparkle of the precious stones. Even more surprisingly, the kinetics of the reflections varies according to the time of day and the diamonds’ angle of exposure to the light.
On the dial with its sunburst motif, rays of light converge so as to focus attention on the crowning glory of this model: the orbital tourbillon. In addition to compensate the gravitational effects, the tourbillon of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital reproduces the movement of the earth, which makes a complete turn on its axis and in relation to the vernal point in 23 hours, 56 seconds and four seconds – namely a full sidereal day. The dial has moved slightly and the diamond rays are pointing to the new tourbillon, which has taken up a new position.

Like a merry-go-round that must be driven around in order to delight passengers and admirers alike, the dial with its imposing pyramid-shaped structure bearing the weight of the diamonds calls for a level of energy far superior to that required by a classic construction. The barrel supplying the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital with energy must be up to the task. It testifies to the watchmaking expertise of the Manufacture, which gives free rein to each and every expression of the Grande Maison’s artistic creativity.

The gemsetting of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital is an invitation to embark on an authentic sensorial journey. Whatever angle it is viewed from, this high-intensity model sends sparks of light flying in all directions. The gemsetter has dealt with each surface of the watch as individual areas to be discovered and enjoyed. The gaze is first caught and held by the three-dimensional gemsetting on the dial. Then the hand takes over. Gliding over the edge of the dial and bezel, fingers gently caress the path of the two rows of baguette-cut diamonds. Their softly undulating feel in itself hints at the dazzling radiance of the gems, as the hand moves down along the sides of the watch, across the gemset lugs and on to the crown with its own precious profile.

Technical details
Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital
Reference: Q507 34 02

Movement
Mechanical manually-wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 946, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand
28,800 vibrations per hour
48-hour power reserve
334 parts
35 jewels
10.32 mm thick
32.60 mm in diameter

Functions
Hour, minute
Flying tourbillon and dial rotating counter-clockwise in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds

Dial
Entirely set with baguette-cut diamonds according to a new 3D architecture
Hands: Dauphine-type

Case
ø 42 mm, thickness: 13.2 mm
18-carat white gold
Bezel, lugs, sides and crown set with baguette-cut diamonds
Water-resistance: 5 bar

Strap
Hand-sewn high-end alligator leather
Gem-set folding clasp

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