Most everything concerning the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon watch is totally new, including six from the eight patents safeguarding the movement, the form from the situation that’s inspired with a pocket watch from 1907, along with the achievement the great people at Jaeger-LeCoultre have arrived at regarding minimal situation thickness for any grand complication watch. The beautiful dauphin-style hands are new. In a single fell swoop Jaeger-LeCoultre’s flagship watch for 2014 rewrites the formula for that perfect high-finish dress watch. This is actually the kind of watch that keeps us thinking about horology and it is easily a brand new grail piece for a whole demographic of watch enthusiasts whose hearts have recently missed a beat. Let us go to talking about what is stand out relating to this new ultra-thin automatic minute repeater tourbillon from our favorite Swiss watching brands.
A Brand New Record
Everything about the style of the timepiece includes a purpose, so we understand that unless of course you’re a seasoned watch lover it might be confusing why we’re fawning over this new special edition watch. Let us begin by explaining that this is actually the eleventh installment within the Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica collection – thus making the actual Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon’s other title the “Hybris Mechanica Eleven” watch. Jaeger-LeCoultre has not been good about explaining what watches fall under the Hybris Mechanica collection, but it is best to explore this year’s Hybris Mechanica Grande Sonnerie which was the earth’s most complicated watch during the time of its release.
The Actual Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon breaks a different sort of record to be the world’s slimest watch that mixes automatic winding, a tourbillon, along with a minute repeater. The situation is simply 7.9mm thick, and none of their primary features be employed in a conventional manner. Which means Jaeger-LeCoultre did not just cram existing elements right into a more compact movement and situation size. Rather, they re-imagined and re-designed the weather with this particular purpose.
The situation diameter from the watch is 41mm wide that is a fantastic size for any dress-style watch having a relatively thin bezel. Anybody that has worn a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master collection watch will immediately notice that this will probably be a svelte and comfy-to-put on watch. Jaeger-LeCoultre made the decision for it special edition in 18k white gold or platinum. Because of the brand’s history, it’s possible the Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is going to be launched later in life like a non-special edition model in many other materials. Another essential note for aficionados of the trademark is this fact can also be the very first ever ultra-thin grand complication watch that Jaeger-LeCoultre has created.
A Singular Tourbillon
Creating a thrilling tourbillon generally is no sweat for Jaeger-LeCoultre, and they have tried it again. This really is, in the end, exactly the same company that has introduced us the Spherotourbillon along with the Gyrotourbillon assortment of super-watches. What Jaeger-LeCoultre recognized in the past as more brands started to produce versions of the items was previously a really exclusive mechanism, is they required to flex their in-house strength and go ahead and take tourbillon to an amount nobody else could. Without a doubt other brands also have come forth with appealing exotic tourbillons; however when it involves a combination of concentrating on tradition, coolness, and precision, Jaeger-LeCoultre is probably the best if this involves creating much more exclusive tourbillon style actions.
What exactly is special concerning the tourbillon within the Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon? To begin with it’s very thin. Like a flying tourbillon, it’s done something nobody else has been doing before. They’ve been in a position to engineer out a lot of the tourbillon situation top and switch within the balance wheel. The huge most of balance wheels possess a hairspring that’s situated underneath the oscillating wheel. This watch has been successful in putting the hairspring on top. Not just that, but they have designed it right into a flying tourbillon.
Why so much interest? Well this is actually much more of a pleasing innovation. It utilizes a complex system to produce a much more aesthetically appealing tourbillon through modern engineering. Tourbillons today are actually about revealing a diploma of status and prestige inside a watch, and also gives enthusiasts something beautiful to admire. Note the typically searching hairspring in blued metal. Within this watch, the actual Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, Jaeger-LeCoultre has possibly created among the finest searching and many clear tourbillon devices ever.
Dial Visible Peripheral Automatic Rotor
For that Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, Jaeger-LeCoultre developed the brand new Calibre 362 automatic movement. Additionally towards the watch situation, the movement is extremely thin being just 4.8mm thick. It’s created from 471 parts and works in a frequency of 21,600 bph. The energy reserve (without needing the moment repeater I imagine) is 45 hrs lengthy. It’s also rare to be a great complication movement which has automatic winding. All additionally to showing time, that contains a tourbillon, and supplying a minute repeater complication.
Ultra-thin watches will not have automatic winding since the rotor is really a principle way of adding thickness to some movement. You will find, however, methods to engineer a skinny automatic-winding movement. The standard approach is to produce a micro-rotor which instead of sitting within the movement, sits there. That’s the actual technique utilized by Piaget within the Altiplano 43 Automatic, the slimest automatic watch on the planet. Jaeger-LeCoultre decided on a much less common route using the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon using a peripheral rotor.
Peripheral automatic rotors are extremely rare, and possibly the most typical being that within the A1000 movement introduced in 2008 by Carl F. Bucherer. Peripheral automatic rotors take a seat on the outdoors of the movement versus on the top or within it. This enables watchmakers to distribute volume flat versus up and down. What this means is watches with peripheral rotors are usually thinner, but additionally wider. Given present day tastes for skinny, wide watches, that’s hardly an problem therefore it works very well within this watch.
On the top from the Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon that contains a peripheral automatic rotor, it’s one that’s visible with the dial. Instead of standing on the rear of the movement, the rotor is around the dial side, and could be seen through cut slits around the outdoors from the dial. Because the watch progresses your wrist, you can observe the rotor getting around with these openings. Without doubt for many people this will probably be a stylistically questionable element because it disturbs a normally clean dial, but Jaeger-LeCoultre made it happen in ways that preserves the conservative character from the Master collection design, whilst giving mechanical movement fanatics – who’re without doubt likely to be individuals trading within this watch – more visual splendor to check out. It will however result in the hands look an impression small, simply because they don’t extend completely towards the edges from the dial within the dial openings.
Minute Repetition When Needed
In the end that we have talked about, you can easily forget the watch also consists of one minute repeater. Jaeger-LeCoultre takes their minute repeaters seriously, despite the fact that they do not make a lot of them every year. Based on the brand, they’ve created over 200 movement styles (calibers) within their lifetime that contain the complication. Minute repeaters are exotic and incredibly difficult-to-produce complications that “repeat” the present time for you to the customers when needed via a number of chimes by initiating the complication. An set up of small gongs and hammers interact to produce the tune, that counts the hrs, quarters, and additional minutes to let you “hear time by counting the notes correctly. It’s an ancient complication, and something that enthusiasts still highly look for today.
Additionally to being found in an ultra-thin watch, the moment repeater within the Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is significant not less than two reasons. The very first is something can’t see, but could only hear. The machine within the Hybris Mechanica Eleven is completely diverse from most competitor minute repeaters, and is made to offer excellent seem additionally to being small in dimensions. It’s also made to fluidly produce each note without disruption for any “harmonious restitution from the music of your time. The timepiece includes technologies Jaeger-LeCoultre produced for previous Hybris Mechanica models including their “very gong” that is really incorporated into the azure very around the caseback from the watch in addition to their trebuchet hammers. These components usually are meant to increase seem resonance, that ought to consequently improve not just the seam, but the amount of the moment repeater’s chimes.
One further interesting element associated with the moment repeater is how it’s triggered. Instead of utilizing a sliding lever (utilized on most minute repeater watches), it utilizes a pusher. This more complex and safe method of utilizing a minute repeater can also be easier. In addition, the pusher folds up if not being used. This enables for that situation to become much more diminutive in the appearance. Another watch which utilizes a pusher versus sliding lever to activate the moment repeater may be the F.P. Journe Sonnerie Souveraine.
The Hybris Mechanical Eleven is really a traditional-in-appearance dress watch that houses a great deal to admire for hardcore watch enthusiasts. Could it be the best dress watches out for the horology enthusiast or possibly the brand new king of significant mechanical tech inside a stealth package? You are able to develop your personal description from the watch as you will find multiple angles by which it’s possible to be thankful. What we should know is the fact that with automatic winding along with a thin situation, this is considered the most daily wearable grand complication watches we all know of, also it comes at no real surprise it bears the Jaeger-LeCoultre title. The Hybris Mechanical Eleven Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is going to be restricted to just 75 pieces for 2014, and we’ll return having a full hands-on look and also the cost after SIHH 2014 soon.