Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces are works of art and symbols of precision. And their latest unveiling, the new Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle in a limited-edition series, is certainly no different.
Warranting a celebration, the launch of this latest wristwatch was timed perfectly to occur during the second chapter of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s renowned ‘The Art of Precision’ event which was recently held in the beautiful city of Kyoto in Japan. At the centuries-old Jaeger-LeCoultre facility in Le Sentier, almost every métier associated with fine Swiss watchmaking is practiced — as many as 180 specialised trades and bespoke crafts sit under one roof. It is no surprise then that Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces have a major preoccupation with precision.
The same ethos also applies to Japan’s most revered art forms, all of which have accuracy at their heart. During the event held in Kyoto, watchmaking artisans were featured showcasing their skills alongside Japanese Living National Treasures Kiju Fukuda, Kenji Suda and Kazuo YamagishiJapanese embroidery and marquetry.
When it came to designing the Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle, the watchmakers took inspiration from charm of antique chiming pocket watches. The timepiece features an innovative new gong system that delivers rich tones and strong, yet subtle chimes one would associate with old sonnerie pocket watches, but never seen before in Grand Complication watches.
While the timepiece follows the aesthetic code of the Master Grande Tradition collection, this latest model also represents the apex of the manufacturer’s modern expertise — it is energy efficient and boasts an evolutionary case design, a superlatively engineered minute-repeating calibre and an automatic-winding perpetual calendar system.
Housed in a highly compact white-gold case, the timepiece is available in two dial variations — one a neoclassical, silver-grained dial and the other a deep blue, translucent guilloché enamel dial.
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