OK, it’s a mouthful to say but here’s what you really need to know about this latest timepiece (the eleventh creation to be exact) in Jaeger-leCoultre’s Hybris Mechanica collection: the Jaeger-leCoultre Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon. It’s the first ultra-thin design in its category at just 7.9mm with a 41mm case diametre. And what’s inside packs a punch. The slim design houses a 471-part in-house movement that combines automatic winding, a tourbillon, and a minute repeater.
Speaking of movement, the flying tourbillon is a work of art and modern engineering by Jaeger-leCoultre. Unlike most tourbillons where the balance wheels have hairsprings located under the oscillating wheel, this instead has the hairspring on the top. It’s a complex system that no one else has ever achieved, one that shows off a more stunning tourbillon for collectors to admire. It doesn’t stop there – the watch features a first-of-its-kind push button to activate the minute repeater, sapphire gongs mounted to the back crystal (a technology first developed by Jaeger-leCoultre in 2005), and a peripheral rotor. It’s no wonder why the mechanisms are covered by eight different patents!
With its short curved lugs, grained silver dial, 18K white gold dauphine, and high-end alligator leather strap, this dress-style watch is classic and understated. It is limited to only 75 pieces and will showcase at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2014 in Geneva from 20th to 24th January.