Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jaeger-LeCoultre Pays Tribute to Métiers Rares

Enameling at Jaeger-LeCoultre's Rare Crafts Atelier.

Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils its new models embodying the powerful ties cultivated by the manufacture with rare and exceptional skills. These pieces are the sum of many parts: a unique place that is the Rare Crafts Atelier; a flow of talent and inspiration of its artisans; and a vision of watchmaking defined by a love of beauty.

Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater 

Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater
The inherent appeal of the Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater is magnificently enhanced by the presence of a miniature painting on its dial paying eloquent tribute to Van Gogh’s "Starry Night over the Rhône," a work that fulfilled one of the painter’s most cherished dreams. It took every ounce of the enamelist’s artistry to transpose onto the dial all the magic of this night sky. The timeless intensity of the deep, dark colors is sealed by grand feu enamel. The 39mm watch is issued in a limited series of 18 pieces in rose gold.

Endowed with major innovations including trebuchet hammers, crystal gongs, an ergonomic and a user-friendly pushbutton, this minute repeater watch produces a peerlessly pure, rich and well-rounded sound.

This mechanical automatic movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, equipped with a minute repeater, comprises 437 parts and delivers a 40-hour power reserve. 7.17mm thick, it is imbued with standout aesthetic sophistication reflected in the oscillating weight crafted in rose gold.

Master Grande Tourbillon Enamel

Master Grande Tourbillon Enamel
Perfectly mastered within the Métiers Rares® Atelier of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, the art of paillonné enamel consists of cutting out tiny sparkles of silver and yellow gold leaf foil. Only experience can enable the artisan to distribute these extremely volatile tiny spangles or paillettes across the enamel in an aesthetically pleasing manner. After firing the enamel in the kiln, polishing reveals the metal elements glimmering beneath the dial. The final result is an extraordinary deep blue dial that looks as if it is illuminated with fireworks of golden star dust.

The performance of the ultra-light titanium tourbillon embodying a blend of precision, reliability and sturdiness, pays tribute to the inventive spirit that has consistently characterized Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre. This exceptional piece crafted in a 43mm white gold case is enhanced by decorations in keeping with the traditions of haute horlogerie.

This mechanical automatic movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, equipped with a tourbillon, consists of 302 parts and delivers a 45-hour power reserve. The Côtes de Genève motif adorning the going-train bridge is complemented by a variety of hand-crafted techniques that can be admired through the sapphire case back of the watch.

Master Grande Tradition Perpetual Calendar 8 Days Skeleton
The beauty and complexity of engraving, skeleton-working as well as enameling meet and mingle in this model inspired by a 1928 Grand Complication pocket watch. 

Master Grande Tradition Perpetual
Calendar 8 Days Skeleton

This contemporary version testifies to the creative vitality of the Métiers Rares® Atelier in which artisans put forward ideas, experiment and dare to associate various approaches in giving birth to virtuoso creations. With its inspired skeleton-working and its grand feu green enameling crafted using the champlevé technique, this 42mm model in white gold is issued in a limited series of 200 pieces.

Equipped with Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 876SQ, one of the most iconic complications ever produced by the manufacture, this Master Grande Tradition watch is a complete time-measuring instrument. As well as the time itself, its dial also displays the date, the day of the week, the month, the complete year in four digits and the age of the moon – while remaining clearly legible despite the profusion of these indications. The eight days power-reserve display and a day/night indicator are smoothly integrated within the extremely sophisticated dial architecture.

This mechanical manually wound movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, equipped with a perpetual calendar, comprises 262 parts and delivers an eight-day power reserve. 6.60 mm thick, the caliber is mechanically programmed to operate accurately until 2100, the perpetual calendar functions can be adjusted by means of a single corrector.

Decorating the skeletonized movement by hand.

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