Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Collection - Geophysic True Second, Geophysic Universal Time and Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time

This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre welcomes three new models to its Geophysic collection: Geophysic True Second, Geophysic Universal Time and Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time.

Created in 1958 by Jaeger-LeCoultre in honour of the International Geophysical Year, the first Geophysic watch remains a symbol of Swiss expertise par excellence. In keeping with this tradition, the Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux launched the Geophysic collection in 2015; a collection of several models combining powerful watch-making expertise with a classic, timeless aesthetic. This line has now been reinterpreted reinforcing its original qualities: a generously dimensioned case, easily legible functions, visible luminescent hands, the high-tech Gyrolab balance wheel, etc.

For the first time in its history, Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced a flying tourbillon in a watch, allowing the time in twenty-four cities around the world to be read simultaneously. Available in a limited series of 100 pieces, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time watch is a testament to the Manufacture's remarkable watchmaking skills expressed through the watch's ease-of-use and operating.


Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time
For the first time, the master watchmakers at Jaeger-LeCoultre have combined a flying tourbillon with universal time. With its 43.5 mm platinum case, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time asserts itself as the most exclusive piece in the eponymous collection. Fascinating in many ways, this timepiece offers exceptional readability and operating.
While remaining true to the ingenuity which allows for the creation of complex yet easy-to-use mechanisms, the Manufacture has followed the rules of the watchmaking tradition that defines it. Featuring the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 948, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time embodies this inventive spirit in a unique and universal way. Under the dome of its sapphire crystal, it presents a 360-degree view of the world.
In this majestic planisphere, the eye is drawn to the flying tourbillon, which appears to float in space with the absence of a bridge to hold its cage. The lightly convex side view of the dial recalls the shape of a globe. On the intense blue lacquered ocean, small spirals form waves amplifying the impression of relief and depth that the watch creates when viewed from above. With a satin-brushed finish, the continents move across the central disc every 24 hours i.e. following the pace set by the flying tourbillon. In this landscape that changes as the hours go by, the tourbillon rotates around itself and the guilloché dial with remarkable accuracy. The eye is then drawn to the accelerated rolling of the Gyrolab balance wheel which, in addition to its balance spring hand-crafted in the workshops of the Manufacture, features the shape of a watch anchor, the symbol of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

With constant readability thanks to the luminescent material, which constitutes the points on the flange of the dial and the hands, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time watch is easily set with a single crown. Turning over the watch, enthusiasts will recognise the detailing and ingenuity of its mechanism glimpsed through the sapphire crystal case-back. Outshining the rubies and blued screws, the solid gold monobloc oscillating weight reveals Jaeger-LeCoultre’s two characteristic initials through the heart of its half-sphere. This gifted watchmaker's symbol is visible from the front and back.

Geophysic True Second and Geophysic Universal Time
For the Geophysic True Second and Geophysic Universal Time, what’s new in 2017 comes down to one word: interchangeability. With the introduction of a new interchangeable bracelet, these two models are now available in a resolutely contemporary steel version and a sleek and elegant leather version. With their new interchangeable steel bracelet, the Geophysic True Second and Geophysic Universal Time watches flaunt a chic yet relaxed style. Composed of five satin-brushed and polished links, this new bracelet, ideal for going in the water, is highly flexible. Easy to wear with a contemporary look, the ingenious folding clasp can be adjusted easily. The length of the bracelet can be extended up to five millimetres freeing the wrist for both ease of use and comfort especially during periods of extreme heat. Changing bracelets couldn't be simpler thanks to the lever system, which releases the bars in the blink of an eye, giving the watch a completely different look, whether the steel or the leather version.

Geophysic True Second
Staying true to the codes of Fine Watchmaking, the Geophysic True Second is available in pink gold and steel. Its grained dial with a textured look is distinctively clean alongside its perfectly legible hands and hour-markers. A companion of frequent travellers, this watch is naturally and intuitively adjusted. Its system for setting the time is entirely coordinated by the crown, ensuring a highly valued ease of use.
The extremely accurate Geophysic True Second watch draws its name from the “True Second” – a complication rarely found on a mechanical movement. The second hand moves by “beating the second” i.e. literally performing a jump at each second. In addition to the high precision of its mechanism, this delicate hand contributes significantly to the assertive character of the piece.

Geophysic Universal Time
Its lacquered blue guilloché dial sparks love at first sight. The eye is invited to dive into the immensity of the oceans and continents engraved in a sunray finish. Circling this astonishing planisphere, the world’s major cities stand out in blue and red letters. In contrast to the complexity of its watchmaking expertise, the Geophysic Universal Time is surprisingly easy to set with a single crown as opposed to a push-piece. While travelling, only the relevant hour needs to be adjusted to change time zones, without losing sight of universal time.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 772 is concealed inside, an automatic movement boasting the famous Gyrolab. By significantly reducing air friction, the non-circular balance wheel endows this piece with outstanding accuracy. This timeless model has been designed for men accustomed to travelling all over the world.


Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time, Reference: Q8126420
Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 948
28,800 vibrations per hour
48-hour power reserve
375 parts
42 jewels
11.24 mm in height
Oscillating weight in 22-carat pink gold

Functions
Hours, minutes
Flying tourbillon with seconds
Universal time (24 time zones)
Summer time indicator
24-hour day/night indication
Setting the hour by one-hour jumps clockwise or anti-clockwise

Case
Platinum
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Height: 14.87 mm
Water resistance: 5 bars
Sapphire case back

Dial

Convex shape
Blue guilloché for the oceans
Satin-brushed finish for the continents
Luminescent points on the flange
Hands: Luminescent sword-shaped hands

Strap
Blue alligator-skin
Folding buckle in white gold

Edition
Limited edition of 100 pieces

Geophysic True Second, Reference: Q8018120
Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 770
28,800 vibrations per hour
40-hour power reserve
275 parts
36 jewels
6.57 mm in height
Oscillating weight in 22-carat pink gold

Functions
Hours, minutes
True Second
Date
Setting the hour by one-hour jumps clockwise or anti-clockwise

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter: 39.6 mm
Height: 11.7 mm
Water resistance: 5 bars
Sapphire case back

Dial
Silvered, grained, appliqué hour-markers
Luminescent points on the flange
Hands: Luminescent sword-shaped hands

Strap
Five polished and satin-brushed steel links
Fast interchangeable system

Geophysic Universal Time, Reference: Q8108120
Movement
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 772
28,800 vibrations per hour
40-hour power reserve
274 parts
36 jewels
 7.13 mm in height
Oscillating weight in 22-carat pink gold

Functions
Hours, minutes
True Second
Universal time (24 time zones)
Summer time indicator
24-hour day/night indication
Setting the hour by one-hour jumps clockwise or anti-clockwise

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter: 41.6 mm
Height: 11.84 mm
Water resistance: 5 bars
Sapphire case back

Dial
Blue, lacquered, appliqué hour-markers
Sunray finish for the continents
Luminescent points on the flange
Hands: Luminescent sword-shaped hands

Strap
Five polished and satin-brushed steel links
Fast interchangeable system

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