JAEGER-LECOUL­TRE

Hy­bris Me­chan­ica à Grande Son­nerie (2009)

Adore Gems & Timepieces - - FEATURE -

Jaeger-LeCoul­tre’s most com­plex watch

Price: Es­ti­mated at US$1.5 mil­lion but only of­fered in an ex­clu­sive set of three watches worth US$2.5mil­lion

One of the most com­plex time­pieces in the in­dus­try, the 30-piece lim­ited-edi­tion su­per­com­pli­ca­tion in a white gold case, mea­sur­ing 44mm in di­am­e­ter and 15mm thick, was first pre­sented in 2009 as a con­cept piece, which then re­quired an ad­di­tional five years to fine­tune. More than 1,300 peo­ple worked on the pro­duc­tion of the 1,472-part watch and it takes nine months for one watch­maker to as­sem­ble the time­piece. The man­u­ally wound Cal­i­bre 182 move­ment fea­tures a minute re­peater, pe­tite son­nerie and grande son­nerie with full West­min­ster chimes that plays the long­est melody ever chimed by a strik­ing time­piece; it also comes com­plete with the pro­pri­etary monobloc crys­tal gongs and trebuchet ham­mers that con­trib­ute to bet­ter res­o­nance. Ad­di­tion­ally, the watch also show­cases a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar, fly­ing tourbillon and two power re­serve in­di­ca­tors con­tained in the clas­sic Duomètre case. One of the most ad­vanced move­ments ever cre­ated for a wrist­watch, the brand didn’t merely con­ceive a new mi­nor adap­ta­tion based on ex­ist­ing strik­ing watch con­cepts, but com­pletely re­assessed and im­proved the main prin­ci­ples of mu­si­cal mech­a­nisms by re­ly­ing on its ex­pe­ri­ence and savoir faire ac­quired over the past 182 years, a pe­riod over which it de­vel­oped and pro­duced more than 1,242 cal­i­bres.

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