In the world of premium watches, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie is the gathering of the best and the most prestigious. Major horology house Jaeger-LeCoultre marks the first SIHH after their 175th anniversary in 2008 with watches and designs that bring something really new and fresh to the industry. The Master Grande Tradition upholds the tradition of fine watchmaking that the company has preserved, while at the same time exploring new ground in timekeeping technology.
The novelties in the Master Grande Tradition are few, but each one is nothing short of monumental. First of the two innovations is the world’s first minute repeater that features a regulator display. The second novelty is the first ever perpetual calendar tourbillon. These new inventions just go to show how Jaeger-LeCoultre truly deserves its status as one of the best and most highly esteemed watch brands in the world.
This new creation has quite a number of complications going on under its face. Some of the Master Grande Tradition’s complications include:
- a perpetual calendar
- a digital display for the month, day of the week, date, phase of the moon, the year and the century
- an indicator for AM/PM
Despite all the luxurious and beautiful trappings of the Master Grande Tradition, it hides some serious brawn and feats of engineering under that elegant face. An escapement made of diamond-coated silicium minimizes the friction that goes on between all the 401 components that were finished by hand. But even with all those features in there, the watch is far from bulky. The tourbillon, for example, weighs less than a third of a gram.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that a watch like this one is immensely valuable. If you ever happen to come face to face with a price tag for the Master Grande Tourbillon, just remember that it has:
- a limited release of just 300 pieces (for the yellow gold version, at least)
- a strap made from crocodile leather and a buckle closure of either platinum or gold
- some of the newest technologies in the watchmaking industry to date.