On the heels of the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel, which was launched at SIHH ’19, Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s penchant for crafting hyper-complication timepieces continues. The brand has now debuted the Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle, the Jaeger-LeCoultre new minute repeater with a perpetual calendar.
With their SIHH gyrotourbillon being one of the Swiss watchmaking house’s most complicated timepieces ever, they’ve fused this silhouette with the Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Enamel, another famed timepiece. This time, they haven’t just created another chiming watch – they’ve utilised the minute repeater in its mechanism, while also boasting a perpetual calendar and a day-date feature.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre new minute repeater hides its complexity under its signature deep blue translucent guilloche enamel dial. On top of the base movement and combined with the minute repeater module is another impressive complication – the most advanced type of calendar, a perpetual calendar module.
The one found on this Master Grande Tradition is signature Jaeger-LeCoultre. Capable of displaying correct calendar information – taking into consideration the varying lengths of the months, even during leap years – it also integrates a full-year indication.
The indications are spread over by 3 sub-dials, with the date at 3 o’clock, the month at 6 o’clock, the day of the week and moon phase at 9 o’clock. The 38-hour power reserve is surged by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s in-house calibre 950 as it runs purely automatic. The timepiece has been cased in white gold, polished, and sandblasted while being strapped on with a blue alligator leather strap.
Unlike earlier generations of the brand’s complications that had simply designed cases, the new Master Grande Tradition case is notably detailed. It is made up of 80 hand-finished components, including separate lugs. The Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle also comes with a silver enamel variant and are both limited to just 30 builds each. The price hasn’t been revealed yet, but don’t expect this watch to come cheap.
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