Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star

This brand-new feminine timepiece is inspired by the cosmic phenomena known as shooting stars, known for their unpredictable, ephemeral and mysterious nature.

For the new Rendez-Vous Star watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre has invented an entirely new complication that captures the romance and unpredictability of shooting stars. Rare artistic crafts decorate a multiple-level sapphire crystal dial set with diamonds, with micro hand-painted clouds and moon concealing and revealing the star.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star watch

The new automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 734 reconciles the randomness of shooting stars with the precisely calibrated, mathematical rhythms of timekeeping.

The Rendez-Vous Star watch recreates the enchanting celestial phenomenon “shooting stars” on the wrist, thanks to an entirely new mechanism conceived and developed within the Manufacture.

Activated by the movement of the wrist, the shooting star appears on the dial at random moments – usually four to six times per hour – its unpredictability making it even more special. To enjoy the enchanting display more often, the star may also be summoned on demand by turning the crown several times.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star watch

The JLC Rendez-Vous Star watch is offered in two enchanting variations: a white gold case with a dial in subtle tones of silvery blue and a pink gold case with a dial in soft golden browns.

Inspired by the magic of shooting stars, the artisans of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts™) atelier have harnessed their skills in new ways to depict the beauty and mystery of the night sky.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star watch pink gold version

Made of transparent sapphire glass, the uppermost of the dial’s three layers has been sprinkled with transferred stars and miniature hand-painted (on both sides of the sapphire glass) with clouds and a crescent moon, which conceal the shooting star when it is inactive.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star watch

Beneath this is a rotating circular disc of titanium with a cut-out of the shooting star – in an intense night blue for the white gold version and in a dark taupe colour for the pink gold version. When activated, the disc spins, sending the star on its curving path across the upper dial. As it passes, the cut-out reveals the deepest layer of the dial – a fixed disc of silvery or golden metal with a glowing gradient finish that accentuates the sense of movement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star watch

Defining the trajectory of the shooting star, a three-quarter circle of diamonds is set into the sapphire glass dial. This is achieved by integrating fine gold threads directly into the glass to anchor the diamonds and enhance the effect of transparency and lightness.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star watch white gold version

The bezel is set with a circle of glittering diamonds that draw the eye towards the dial and, in keeping with the aesthetic codes of the Rendez-Vous, the upper surfaces of the lugs, and the top of the crown are also diamond-set. To complete these watchmaking treasures, an alligator leather strap, matched to the dial colour and given a glowing, pearlised finish, is fastened to the wrist by a folding buckle.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star watch in white gold

To create a mechanism that expresses an unpredictable phenomenon is a fascinating challenge for watchmaking as it appears to defy the laws of horology – a world where everything is expressed through precisely calibrated, mathematical rhythms.

Drawing on almost 190 years of expertise accumulated within the Manufacture, the engineers and watchmakers of Jaeger-LeCoultre have developed the new in-house automatic calibre 734, incorporating the new shooting star mechanism. In doing so, they have succeeded in an unprecedented feat of capturing a random cosmic phenomenon in a watchmaking complication.

Technical details

Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Star

References
Q36434C1 – white gold version
Q36424C1 – pink gold version

Case
White gold or pink gold
Dimensions: 36mm x 11.16mm
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 734
Power reserve: 70 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, “shooting star” complication

Dial
Sapphire crystal set with diamonds & miniature hand-painting; titanium
Diamonds: 189 for 1.48 carats

Strap
Shiny alligator with folding buckle

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945: Galaxia and Atomium

Unveiled during the Watches and Wonders 2022 luxury watch event, the new interpretations of the Grande Complication Calibre 945 highlight Jaeger-LeCoultre’s enduring expertise in celestial complications.

The new masterpieces from this series are the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Galaxia in pink gold and the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Atomium in white gold. These new works celebrate La Grande Maison’s artistic creativity and mastery of the decorative crafts while reaffirming its technical ingenuity. Each model is offered in a limited edition of five pieces.

Having fully mastered sidereal time – the measurement used by astronomers to track the apparent movement of the constellations across the night sky – the JLC watchmakers are able to create one-of-a-kind calibres that reproduce these astronomical events on the wrist, bringing complications together in fascinating new ways.

Originally created in 2010, Calibre 945 unites a sky chart with a celestial vault, a zodiacal calendar and a minute repeater, and is further elevated by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Cosmotourbillon – a celestial flying tourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

The new “Atomium” and “Galaxia” dials showcase the skills of the Manufacture’s Métiers Rares® atelier, introducing grisaille enamel to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s repertoire of rare artistic crafts for the first time.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium

A Cosmotourbillon makes a complete circuit of the dial in one sidereal day, and a Northern Hemisphere sky vault tracks the positions of the constellations in real time, as seen from the Vallée de Joux. The exquisite chimes of a minute repeater complement the celestial timekeeping.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Skychart

Highlighting the astronomical aspect of time measurement, the watchmakers developed a mechanism able to display the passing of sidereal time, based on the stars. Set at the centre of the dial, the celestial vault maps the Northern Hemisphere night sky as seen from the 46th parallel – the latitude of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s home in the Vallée de Joux – tracking the position of the constellations in real time.

Enhancing this celestial display, the Cosmotourbillon is elevated beyond its purely technical function as a regulating mechanism, measuring the passing of time as it makes a complete, anti-clockwise circuit of the dial in one sidereal day.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Skychart

With a duration of precisely 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds, a sidereal day is defined by Earth’s rotation measured in relation to more distant fixed stars, whereas the 24-hour solar day – our civil time – is measured by Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

A golden sun-shaped pointer set at the edge of the dial indicates the month of the zodiacal calendar and solar time on a 24-hour scale, which is necessary for setting the watch. The Dauphine-shaped hands indicate the minutes and 12-hour cycles of civil time, which are displayed on two concentric rings on the flange of the dial.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

An exceptional movement merits an exceptional habillage and the new Master Hybris Artistica Galaxia and Master Hybris Artistica Atomium bring fresh artistic expression to this marriage of complications.

Hand-decorated by the artisans in the Métiers Rares® atelier of the Manufacture, the multiple-level dial amplifies the beauty of the celestial theme while also showcasing the Cosmotourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Cosmotourbillon

For the star map, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces grisaille enamel to its repertoire for the first time. A painterly technique that originated in 16th-century France, grisaille enamel is unique in creating a chiaroscuro effect, with an illusion of three-dimensionality created by half-tones and shading.

First, the enameller must perfect the dark background – traditionally blue or black – building the depth and intensity of colour by applying multiple layers, each of which requires firing. Then, using a super-fine brush, the image is added in white enamel, layer by painstaking layer, again with a firing after each stage.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium

Because thicker enamel creates lighter areas, its application must be controlled with the utmost skill to achieve the ethereal beauty and apparent depth that make grisaille so beguiling. Thanks to this rarefied technique, the dials of the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 depict with utmost artistry the sky that we see above us at night.

In a subtle allusion to the way the night sky seems to form a dome above us when we look at the stars, the dials are constructed on multiple levels, dominated by a domed structure that also wraps around the Cosmotourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Cosmotourbillon

Visible around the edge of the dome and beneath the tourbillon, the deepest level of the dial is a midnight blue or black disc (for the white gold and pink gold cases, respectively) decorated with translucent lacquer over opaline, with transferred white inscriptions for the names of the months, and the tourbillon seconds.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

The dome is formed of two sections. On the black dial of the “Galaxia”, both the outer section of the dome and the inner celestial disc are made of gold, with grisaille enamel depicting the planets, and the star map and names of the constellations transferred over the enamel.

The “Atomium” takes its name from the delicate filigree of silvered metal that forms the outer section of the dome, its shape echoing the lines that link the stars to form constellations. Framed within this, on the domed celestial disc, midnight-blue grisaille enamel and a transferred star map amplify the visual connection to the cosmos.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium

The dials of the “Galaxia” and “Atomium” are encircled by three concentric rings that carry the indices for solar time. The inner ring, for 24 hours, and outer ring, displaying minutes, are finished in opaline; between them, the hour ring is decorated with enamel over a hand-guilloché base, with applied indexes.

The Master Grande Tradition case is a perfect complement to the artistic dials and mechanical sophistication of these sumptuous pieces. Comprising more than 80 parts, its convex bezel is complemented by broad bevels on the lugs; the hollowed-out sides of the lugs add dynamic tension, while the repeater slide is tapered to harmonise with the curving case sides. Different surfaces are microblasted, polished and satin-brushed to maximise the play of light and emphasise the details.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

This exceptional timepiece also takes Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise in chiming watches to new heights by uniting the astronomical complications with a minute repeater.

The technical difficulty of creating minute repeater lies in the complexity of the mechanism needed to transcribe the precise time shown by the hands into a series of perfectly programmed strikes, with different sounds for hours, quarters and minutes.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium

The artistic challenge is that, this being a miniaturised musical instrument, the chimes must be pure, harmonious and clearly audible. At Jaeger-LeCoultre, this continuing quest for the ideal sound has produced several patented innovations, including crystal gongs, trebuchet hammers and a silent governor.

In the minute repeater mechanism of Calibre 945, these inventions contribute a special magic that complements the romance of celestial timekeeping.

Technical details

Models
Ref. Q5262470: Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Galaxia, Pink gold case, Limited edition of 5 pieces
Ref. Q5263481: Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Atomium, White gold case, Limited edition of 5 pieces

Case
Pink gold or white gold with micro-blasted, satin and polished finishes
Dimensions: 45mm x 16.05mm
Sapphire case-back
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Manual mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 945
Frequency: 28,800
Power reserve: 40 hours

Functions
Hours/minutes, months, 24-hour indication; Cosmotourbillon indicating sidereal time; celestial disc with star chart indicating the constellations in the northern hemisphere in real time; minute repeater, zodiacal calendar

Dial
Black dial with grisaille enamel (in pink gold case) or blue dial with silvered laser-welded structure (in white gold case)

Strap
Alligator leather

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar & Master Control Chronograph Calendar (new models)

Jaeger-LeCoultre enriches the Master Control collection by introducing new interpretations of the signature complications in its collection — the Master Control Calendar and the Master Control Chronograph Calendar.

Now with interchangeable steel bracelets that are compatible with other strap systems of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Master Control is more versatile than ever.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar with interchangeable bracelets

2022 marks the 30 years of the Master Control, launched in 1992 as a demonstration of the Maison’s commitment to the very highest levels of watchmaking excellence. The Master Control marked the beginning of the 1000 Hours Control system of internal quality standards at Jaeger-LeCoultre, a system subsequently incorporated throughout the full range of watches and which is now emblematic of the Maison’s fine watchmaking promise to its customers.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar with interchangeable bracelets

Two new Master Control models, in stainless steel with interchangeable bracelets, bring the calendar display and chronograph function more fully into contemporary everyday life, recognising the prominence of active lifestyles in the world today.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar

Building on the recent success of the JLC Master Control Calendar watch with blue dial, the latest Master Control Calendar with interchangeable bracelet comes in a dial colour palette that focuses on purity and refinement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar

The silver sunray-brushed dial features a tone-on-tone aesthetic, maintaining the essential design codes of the Master Control such as dauphine hands and Arabic numerals intercut with dart hour markers.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Case-back View of Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar

The jumping date hand that characterises this model is endowed with a red-lacquered indicator tip in the shape of the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo, allowing the date to be read easily and intuitively.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar

The Master Control Chronograph Calendar features blue chronograph hands and a blue moonphase disc to bring out the indications of the complications.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar
Case-back View of Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar

For the first time, both the Master Control Calendar and the Master Control Chronograph Calendar are available on a steel bracelet with a quick-change system.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar watch with Novonappa calf leather strap

Both the new Master Control models with steel bracelet also come with a light-brown strap in Novonappa® calf leather.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar with Novonappa calf leather strap

These leather straps are equipped with the same quick-change system, allowing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control to truly become a watch for all seasons.

Technical details

Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Reference: Q4148120

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar

Case
Stainless steel
Dimensions: 40 mm x 10.95mm
Case-back: open
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 866AA
Power reserve: 70 hours

Functions
Hours/minutes/seconds, date, day, month, moon phases

Dial
Silver sunray-brushed

Strap
Interchangeable stainless steel bracelet and brown Novonappa® calf leather strap

Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar
Reference: Q413812J

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar

Case
Stainless steel
Dimensions: 40 mm x 12.05mm
Case-back: open
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 759
Power reserve: 65 hours

Functions
Hours/minutes/seconds, date, day, month, moon phases, chronograph, 30-minute counter, pulsometer

Dial
Silver sunray-brushed

Strap
Interchangeable stainless steel bracelet and brown Novonappa® calf leather strap

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date & Master Control Calendar (new blue dial versions)

Jaeger-LeCoultre has expanded the Master Control collection by introducing new blue-dial interpretations of Master Control Date & Master Control Calendar models. These new versions feature elegant deep-blue dials with a sunray-brushed finish.

2022 marks the 30 years of the Master Control, launched in 1992 as a demonstration of the Maison’s commitment to the very highest levels of watchmaking excellence.

The Master Control marked the beginning of the 1000 Hours Control system of internal quality standards at Jaeger-LeCoultre, a system subsequently incorporated throughout the full range of watches and which is now emblematic of the Maison’s fine watchmaking promise to its customers.

In full alignment with this unceasing commitment to timeless quality that maintains Jaeger-LeCoultre at the forefront of 21st-century horological craft, the Master Control collection has been enriched with two stainless steel models with sunray-finished dials in a refined shade of blue.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date and Master Control Calendar (new blue dial versions)

All the essential codes of the Master Collection can be found in the Master Control Date and the Master Control Calendar.

These include features such as the combination of applied Arabic numerals with faceted dart markers for the hours, faceted dauphine hour and minute hands, and bevelled case lugs that curve towards the strap attachment point. The slim case bezels bring an open feel to the 40mm cases, symbolic of the inherent versatility in this case diameter.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date new blue dial version

Legibility and readability are emphasised, using minute scales in a subtly contrasting lighter blue, with distinct minute divisions intercut with dot markers in Super-LumiNova® for an intuitive and precise indication of the time.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date new blue dial version

With the Master Control Calendar, the jumping date indication makes a welcome reappearance. A slender date hand extends outwards from the centre of the dial, ending in a red-lacquered Jaeger-LeCoultre logograph that points towards the date on the outer periphery of the dial.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar new blue dial version

For optimal reading of the dual-display moon phase and small seconds subdial, the date hand makes a 90° jump between the 15th and 16th day of each month. This ensures that the moon phase and small seconds subdial is never bisected by the date hand; a small yet effective detail that increases the design clarity of the Master Control Calendar.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar new blue dial version

To complete the overall harmonious aspect of these two new models, the date ring of the Master Control Date is also in blue, with white transferred Arabic numerals.

The white-on-blue day and month indications of the Master Control Calendar provide similar aesthetic integration with the rest of the watch, with additional visual refinement found in the snailed finish of the small seconds subdial. The upper half of the subdial reveals the moonphase disc decorated with a star-studded background.

Both the Master Control Date and the Master Control Calendar come with matching blue straps in calf leather. The straps are trimmed in complementary blue stitching that continues across the strap attachment point for a touch of vintage allure.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date new blue dial version
JLC Master Control Date Blue Case-back

These straps have been fitted with a quick-change mechanism, allowing the wearer to easily switch between a range of straps for a completely different look.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar new blue dial version
JLC Master Control Calendar Blue Case-back

Within these new models beats two Jaeger-LeCoultre in-house automatic movements. The calibre 899 of the Master Control Date and the calibre 866 of the Master Control Calendar have 70 hours of power reserve, bringing close to three days of running autonomy even when they are not being worn.

Each model is limited to 800 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date
Reference: Q4018480

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date new blue dial version

Case
Stainless steel
Dimensions: 40mm x 8.78mm
Case-back: open
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 899AC
Functions: hours/minutes/seconds, date
Power reserve: 70 hours

Dial
Deep blue sunray-brushed, light-blue minute track

Strap
Calf leather

Edition
Limited to 800 pieces

Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Reference: Q4148480

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar new blue dial version

Case
Stainless steel case
Dimensions: 40mm x 10.95mm
Case-back: open
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 866AA
Functions: hours/minutes/seconds, date, day, month, moon phases
Power reserve: 70 hours

Dial
Deep blue sunray-brushed, light-blue minute track

Strap
Calf leather

Edition
Limited to 800 pieces

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer in Pink Gold

Jaeger-LeCoultre has released a new aesthetic interpretation of the Master Control Memovox Timer in pink gold with a two-tone grey and black dial. Beating inside this watch is the Calibre 956AA, which was entirely redesigned for the new generation of Memovox Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer in Pink Gold

Since Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the first Memovox watch in 1950, it has become the reference in wristwatch alarms, with various useful and innovative functions added to create different Memovox models over the decades.

In 2020, the Manufacture’s engineers developed an entirely new alarm-setting mechanism – the Memovox Timer. With the initial steel-cased model now highly sought-after by collectors, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces a new aesthetic interpretation: the Master Control Memovox Timer in pink gold.

The Timer function enables the watch owner to set the alarm based on the number of hours that should elapse before the alarm rings. Alternatively, the owner may set the alarm in the traditional way, based on a particular time (such as the time of an appointment or a wake-up alarm). The indicators are linked, so that whichever alarm-setting method is chosen, the second indicator will automatically move to the corresponding position.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer in Pink Gold

The dial of the Master Control Memovox Timer is laid out in concentric circles – the black sunray-brushed background provides a rich contrast with the grey of the outer minutes ring and the alarm-indication disc.

The innermost ring is engraved in bas-relief with highly polished numerals standing out against the granular texture of the background. Here, the elapsed hours-until-alarm are indicated by a small hand tipped with a red JL logo.

Set at the outer edge of the ring, the Memovox’s signature triangular marker points to the time at which the alarm will ring, indicated on a second concentric ring. Adding refinement, the elongated triangular shape of the applied hour indexes – a signature of mid-century Memovox models – is echoed by the elegant simplicity of the Dauphine hands.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer in Pink Gold

Contrasting with the deep shades of the dial, the pink gold 40-millimetre Master Control case exudes a relaxed and timeless elegance, with its sloping bezel, dynamically curved lugs and mix of polished and satin-brushed surfaces.

For the latest generation of alarm watches, the Manufacture’s engineers comprehensively revised the self-winding Calibre 956, which – like all Jaeger-LeCoultre calibres – had been entirely conceived, developed and produced in-house.

Previously, Memovox watches had a closed case-back, to which the gongs were attached; however, the new Master Control case has a transparent sapphire back, allowing the wearer to enjoy watching the hammers in action. This demanded a complete redesign of the striking mechanism, with the gong now attached to the case side.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer in Pink Gold

An open-worked pink gold rotor, decorated with Côtes de Genève to match the fine finishing on the movement plates, ensures an unobstructed view of the strike-works. One important element remains unchanged from previous generations, however: the signature “school bell” sound of the alarm, which lends such charm to the Memovox.

The Master Control Memovox Timer in pink gold will be produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces, available exclusively from Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.

Technical Details

Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer
Reference: Q410257J

Case
Pink gold
Dimensions: 40mm x 12.39mm
Case-back: open
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956AA
Power reserve: 44 hours

Functions
Hours/minutes/seconds, date, alarm, timer

Dial
Two-tone grey and black sunray-brushed, engraved numerals on Timer disc, applied indexes

Strap
Alligator

Edition
Boutique edition limited to 100 pieces

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 Limited Edition

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a magnificent new artistic interpretation of the Universal Time: Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948, embellished with great finesse by the artisans of the Manufacture’s Métiers Rares® atelier.

Since the 1930s, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been creating timepieces able to display several time zones simultaneously. From dual-time watches to the Géographique and the remarkable Calibre 948 world timer, La Grande Maison makes time truly universal.

When Jaeger-LeCoultre created the Calibre 948, it was the first time that a world-time complication had ever been united with a flying tourbillon. What’s more, the Universal Tourbillon makes a complete circuit of the dial every 24 hours – the length of a mean solar day.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 Limited Edition

A true expression of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s technical expertise, the automatic calibre was conceived, developed and entirely produced within the Manufacture. The splendid new aesthetic expression of the world-time complication showcases La Grande Maison’s artistic creativity and mastery of the decorative crafts alongside its technical prowess.

In a subtle allusion to the depth and complexity of time measurement, the dial is made of several parts.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 Limited Edition

At its centre, in keeping with world-timer tradition, is a map of the world as seen from the North Pole. However, unlike the traditional flattened image, this map floats above the dial bed on a domed skeleton formed by the longitudes and latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

Created by the master artisans of the Manufacture’s Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts™) atelier, the outline of the continents is cut from a sheet of white gold and decorated with champlevé enamel.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 Limited Edition

Champlevé – which translates literally as ‘raised field’ – is a noble and ancient enamelling technique that was first practiced almost 2,500 years ago. With great skill, the artisan must first carve out a depression in the raw metal, conforming exactly to the outline of the desired image – in this case, the shapes of the continents seen from the North Pole.

This hollow area is then filled with multiple layers of enamel – fired at very high temperatures after each layer – until it is flush with the original surface. On the completed enamel surfaces, miniature-painted details of the continents’ major landscape features have been painstakingly added, enhancing the work with even greater intrigue and refinement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 Limited Edition

For the new Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948, the enamelling of a single dome requires 55 hours of work. Measuring just 25.5mm in diameter, each dial is a remarkable work of art in miniature, requiring almost 70 hours of meticulous work altogether.

Beneath the dome, representing the oceans, the dial bed is a disc of vivid blue translucent lacquer applied over a wavy guilloché pattern that suggests the movement of the sea and the lunar influence on its tides. In circular aperture to one side of the map, the flying tourbillon appears to float weightlessly above the blue oceans, spinning in 60 seconds.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 Limited Edition

As on all classical world timers, each time zone is represented by the name of a city, arranged in a ring around the central dial. Set outside the city ring are two concentric fixed rings: a 24-hour indicator with applied numerals and rectangular indexes, and a minute track laser-engraved on a ring of blue lacquer that matches the blue oceans. Mimicking the rotation of Earth on its axis, the domed Earth map – together with the Universal Tourbillon and city ring – makes a complete 360-degree revolution in 24 hours, always indicating the right time in each city.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 Limited Edition

The Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948 is very simple to read: the hour marked on the ring adjacent to the city name is the time in that city’s zone. It is equally simple to operate: the time is set with the crown, which synchronises all of the time zones around the world. On arrival at a new destination, local time is set by the same crown, which moves only the hour hand, in one-hour jumps forwards or backwards, allowing the minutes and seconds to continue running accurately.

The Master Grande Tradition case is a perfect complement to the dial. Comprising more than 80 parts, its convex bezel contrasts with broad bevels on the lugs, and the hollowed-out lug sides add dynamic tension. Different surfaces are microblasted, polished and satin-brushed to maximise the play of light.

Technical details

Model: Master Grande Tradition Calibre 948
Reference Q52834E1

Case
White gold; sapphire case-back
Dimensions: 43mm x 14.13mm
Water resistance: 5 bar

Movement
Calibre: automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 948
Frequency: 28,800
Power reserve: 48 hours

Functions
Hours/minutes, universal flying tourbillon, world-time display (24 time zones), 24-hour indication

Dial
Blue translucent lacquer over a wavy guilloche pattern; domed skeleton structure decorated with champlevé enamel

Strap
Alligator leather with deployant buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 20 pieces

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

Jaeger-LeCoultre has added a perpetual calendar watch to the Polaris line for the first time. Featuring a deep gradient-blue lacquer dial amplifying its sporty-elegant style, the Polaris Perpetual Calendar takes its aesthetic cues from the Polaris Mariner Memovox.

Its newly developed, in-house movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868AA provides a display of the moon phases in both hemispheres, as well as an extended power reserve of 70 hours, in addition to the perpetual calendar displays and rotating inner bezel – a signature of the Polaris line.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

The historic Polaris name was reintroduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2018 with an entirely new line of watches that harness the Manufacture’s distinguished legacy of diving watches, and translate the spirit of the celebrated 1968 Memovox Polaris into contemporary form. Conceived for everyday adventures, with a combination of robust capabilities, practical functions and a distinctive aesthetic, the Polaris collection has redefined the modern sporty-elegant watch.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

Perpetual calendar is among the most challenging complications to master; a miniature mechanical computer, it must automatically adjust for months of different lengths and even for leap years.

At the end of the 19th century, LeCoultre & Cie developed its first perpetual calendar pocket watches. Due to the difficulty of creating such complex mechanisms on the tiny scale of a watch, the complication was still extremely rare when Jaeger-LeCoultre presented its first perpetual calendar wristwatch in 1937. Since then, the Manufacture’s watchmakers have continuously improved the precision and quality of these remarkable mechanisms.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868AA developed for the Polaris Perpetual Calendar has evolved from the well-proven in-house perpetual calendar movement that first appeared in 2013.

It has been upgraded in line with the Manufacture’s latest technical innovations and significantly modified, with a retrograde display of Southern Hemisphere moon phases complementing the classical Northern Hemisphere moon-phase display, as well as an increase in power reserve to 70 hours. Supplementing the calendar indications, the rotating inner bezel – a Polaris signature – offers the practical function of measuring elapsed time.

Lacquered in a deep gradient-blue colour, the dial of the Polaris Perpetual Calendar takes its aesthetic cues from the Polaris Mariner Memovox. The graduated blue suggests the transition from day to night – a subtle reminder of the connection between celestial phenomena and time measurement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

With an emphasis on balance and legibility, the calendar indications are displayed in three sub-dials. The date, month and day indicators are at 9, 12 and 3 o’clock respectively, with the year displayed within the month indicator. The moon phases are displayed at 6 o’clock – with a retrograde display for the Southern Hemisphere framing a classical display for its Northern counterpart. Each of the four sub-dials is slightly recessed and finished in different textures, adding visual richness as the light plays across them.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar watch in stainless steel

At the centre of the dial, a small security zone indicator shows red between the hours of 20:00 and 04:00 to warn the user not to adjust the time or calendar indications. Skeletonised hands allow greater visibility of the indications and, in keeping with the contemporary Polaris design codes; bold trapezoid-shaped indexes balance the complexity and fine detail of the calendar displays. Luminescent coating on hands and indexes enhances legibility in all light conditions.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar watch

The 42mm cases, in steel or pink gold, feature the key Polaris design codes: taut lines, fine bezels, glass-box crystals, and an eye-catching mix of brushed and polished surfaces. A transparent sapphire crystal case-back and an open-worked pink gold winding rotor reveal the fine decorative finishes on the movement.

Crucially for a timepiece designed for everyday living, the Polaris Perpetual Calendar is easy to operate and adjust. The top crown rotates the inner bezel – both features being Polaris signatures – while the lower crown is for setting the time and winding the watch. Calendar settings are adjusted via a single pusher.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar watch pink gold

Thanks to a newly developed interchangeable strap system, which is operated by simply pressing on the pushers integrated into the attachment point between the lugs, the Polaris Perpetual Calendar is adaptable for every adventure. Capitalising on its sporty character, the steel model is offered with both a three-link steel bracelet and textured rubber strap, while the elegance of the pink gold model is complemented by a blue rubber strap and, for a more formal look, an alligator strap with a folding buckle.

Adding to the options for personalisation is a collection of calfskin straps in a variety of colours.

Technical details

Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar

References
Q9088180: Steel version
Q9082680: Pink gold version

Case
Steel or pink gold
Dimensions: 42mm x 11.97mm
Water resistance: 100m

Movement
Calibre: automatic mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868AA
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 70 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar with moon phases in two hemispheres and red security zone, inner rotating bezel

Dial
Gradient blue lacquer

Strap
Steel version with interchangeable steel bracelet and rubber strap
Pink gold version with interchangeable rubber strap and alligator leather strap

Jaeger-Lecoultre Opens a New Flagship Boutique in Shanghai

Jaeger-LeCoultre has opened a new flagship boutique at Shanghai’s neighborhood in K11 art mall.

In homage to watchmaking, the layout space of this boutique was conceived as a series of interconnected circles and curves, reminiscent of the components of a watch movement. The linked spaces create different layers of interaction for visitors as they intuitively follow the path through the store, gaining a deeper understanding of the Maison when they move forward. With an emphasis on organic materials and natural colours, the décor fuses tradition and modernity, evoking the serenity and beauty of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s home in the Vallée de Joux.

Facing Shanghai’s South Huangpi Road, the boutique’s façade is a new expression of the Maison, made of glass shingles inspired by the tavaillon (wooden tile) cladding used on traditional Vallée de Joux buildings to provide protection from the harsh winter climate.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Flagship Boutique Shanghai K11 art mall

Fusing tradition and technology, the glass shingles are back-lit to create a constantly changing play of colour and sense of movement. This fascinating display evokes the glass-fronted northern façade of the Manufacture, which reflects its surroundings, changing appearance according to the weather and time of day.

On entering the boutique, visitors will find display cases containing the highlights of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s current collections. Alongside the vitrines a fascinating, interactive calibre wall instantly enticing the visitor to discover some of the most emblematic movements that underline the Maison’s authority as the watchmakers’ watchmaker.

After discovering the physical calibres, then exploring them in depth through the digital showcases, guests can continue the learning experience on WeChat, with more movements presented in augmented reality.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Flagship Boutique Shanghai K11 art mall

Drawn naturally into the second area of the boutique, visitors can explore the power of personalisation. A history of the Reverso shows why, more than any other watch, it represents the special pleasure of owning a timepiece that holds a secret, personalised emblem and thus truly belongs to its wearer. Alongside the Reverso display, an interactive Strap Bar offers more options for personalisation, allowing to handle and play with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s complete strap collection for all models.

The visitor’s path then leads to a deeper exploration of the Manufacture, and the tremendous range of métiers and watchmaking gathered under its roof. A series of evocative and informational videos introduces the visitors to the beautiful world of the Vallée de Joux and initiates them into the secrets of enamelling, engraving and anglage (chamfering/edging), as well as design and the research & development process that continually gives birth to innovations.

Deep in the heart of the store, visitors arrive at the Atelier d’Antoine, where they are invited to discover the most refined expression of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s know-how, not only by fascinating displays but also through Discovery Workshops that offer direct hands-on experience of watchmaking.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Flagship Boutique Shanghai K11 art mall

An exact reproduction of its counterpart within the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, this is the first permanent installation of an Atelier d’Antoine outside Switzerland. The discovery Workshops will provide an opportunity to explore the world of Swiss fine watchmaking in a new way. Hosted by a watchmaking expert, the workshops blend academic education and interactive experience in a dynamic format that encourages interaction.

Participants will learn about the working of watch movements, technical and creative skills required to produce fine timepieces, the various stages involved in their fabrication, and the artistic crafts employed in haute horlogerie. They will also discover the past, present and future of watchmaking at Jaeger-LeCoultre and in the Vallée de Joux and will be invited to use larger-scale models to try to replicate the work of the Maison’s highly skilled watchmakers.

The first programme offered at Atelier d’Antoine in the Maison Flagship store will be the Reverso Discovery Workshop, during which participants will dive deep into the Reverso archives and go hands-on with a variety of models. Later, the Sound Maker Discovery Workshop and Master classes will also be offered.

One wall of the Atelier d’Antoine space is dedicated to a Cabinet of Curiosities, which showcases three pillars of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise: Celestial complications, The Soundmaker and Precision. Alongside this, a display dedicated to the Métiers Rares reveals in more depth how a Reverso can be transformed into a personalised work of art through enamelling and engraving, showcasing the many steps of these processes.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel “Tiger”

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents Reverso Tribute Enamel “Tiger”, a brand-new Reverso watch to express the Manufacture’s craftsmanship and creativity. Created to coincide with Chinese New Year and the opening of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new flagship boutique in Shanghai, this timepiece pays tribute to the Year of the Tiger.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Tiger Watch

On the reverse side of its Swiveling case made of pink gold, this timekeeper portrays a brilliant engraving of a magnificent tiger. It seems to leap out from its background of black opaque Grand Feu enamel. The polished surface of the tiger’s fur and the contrasting rhodium-brushed texture of its stripes catch and refract the light to create the illusion of movement and power.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Tiger Watch

To maximise the sense of volume and bring depth to the engraving, the artisan engraver implemented a technique called modelled engraving. It employs differently sized chisels to sculpt the metal step by step – a precise and exacting task that demands absolute focus and remarkable dexterity.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Tiger Watch

This interpretation of the Reverso Tribute Enamel was quite challenging as the engraver had to work on the metal surface that already had its coat of Grand Feu enamel. It demanded an unprecedented accuracy to avoid all risk of damage to the pristine enamel.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Tiger Watch

The dial of the Reverso Tribute Enamel features the same opaque black Grand Feu enamel as the case back. The elegant and simple dial — with its faceted appliqué hour-markers, chemin de fer minutes track, and Dauphine hands — perfectly harmonizes with the pink gold hue of the case.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Tiger Watch

Created to celebrate the Chinese Zodiac Year and made only to order, the Reverso Tribute Enamel “Tiger” offers the possibility of being personalised with different enamel colours.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Tiger Watch

Technical details

Model: JLC Reverso Tribute Enamel
Reference: Q39324K1 – made to order

Movement
Calibre: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822A/2, manually wound
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 42 hours

Case
Pink gold
Dimensions: 45.5mm x 27.4mm x 9.73mm
Case back: Grand feu enamel, engraving
Water resistance: 3 bar

Dial
Grand feu enamel, applied indexes

Strap
Black alligator strap

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures

In 2021, marking 90 years since the birth of Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures, a trio of watches that celebrates the work of three great masters from the dawn of Modern Art: Gustave Courbet, Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt. The new timepieces also unite three distinct artisanal skills practised within the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre: grand feu enamel, miniature painting and guillochage – the latter executed on century-old, hand-turned machines.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Courbet
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Courbet

The Reverso Tribute collection is closest in its stylistic details to the 1930s originals, and in these three new watches, the signature simplicity of their dials enhances the subtle beauty of the guilloché backgrounds. The colour of each dial – a different shade of misty blue or green – hints at the colours of the enamelled treasures hidden on the reverse side, while the restrained design contrasts with the richness and detail of the miniature works of art.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Van Gogh
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Van Gogh

The three paintings reproduced in the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures triptych represent three markers of a major watershed in the Western artistic tradition, from the 19th-Century Realism of Courbet, to Van Gogh’s Post-Impressionism, to the expressive and experimental spirit of Klimt and the Viennese Secession.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Klimt
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Klimt

To honour the Reverso’s unique ability to hide or reveal the artistic treasure created on its reverse side, the Manufacture’s researchers identified three beautiful paintings that had been hidden from the world for many decades – assumed to have been lost forever until rediscovered and authenticated in recent years.

Gustave Courbet – View of Lake Léman (1876)

Exiled from his native France in 1873, Gustave Courbet settled near Vevey, on the shore of Switzerland’s Lake Léman (Lake Geneva), where he was inspired by the constantly changing views across the water. In this beautifully atmospheric work, Courbet has captured the movement of the clouds and the sunlight on the lake’s surface.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Courbet

Reproducing a major portion of the work for the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s master enameller has perfectly captured the delicate colour palette, fine details and evocative atmosphere of the original. The soft tones of the painting are perfectly complemented by the gleaming white gold case, and by the subtle herringbone guilloché texture of the misty grey-blue dial.

Vincent Van Gogh – Sunset at Montmajour (1888)

After moving to the South of France in 1888, Van Gogh experimented with new styles of visual expression. Painted directly from life on a summer evening, Sunset at Montmajour is an example of the artist’s quest to portray nature in new ways – capturing the distinctive vegetation of Provence and the rich colours of the ‘golden hour’ just before sunset.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Van Gogh

For the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s master enameller faithfully reproduces the strong sense of perspective of the original, as well as the effect of artist’s characteristic brush strokes and heavy impasto. The distinctive shade of green enamel chosen for the sunray-guilloché dial provides an elegant counterpoint to the rich gold and russet tones of the painting.

Gustav Klimt – Portrait of a Lady (1917)

Painted by Gustav Klimt a year before the end of his life, Portrait of a Lady is the only known ‘double’ portrait by the Viennese artist, painted over an earlier work. Klimt had fallen madly in love with a young woman who became his muse, then suddenly died. Attempting to ease the pain of his loss, he painted over her portrait with a new one, of a different lady.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Klimt

Reproduced in miniature on the case back of the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures, Portrait of a Lady captures the same dreamy quality that Klimt had created. The subject’s elegant pose and fashionable outfit are reproduced in perfect detail, and the green tones of the background create an illusion of depth, just as in the original. The green dial, decorated with grand feu enamel over a fine barleycorn guilloché pattern, beautifully evokes the luminescent quality of the portrait’s background.

The art of enamelling has a long history at La Grande Maison, dating back to the pocket watches of the 1890s. The first known Reverso with an enamelled case back is a model commissioned by a client in 1936, featuring a delicately detailed portrait of who is thought to be a Maharani on the reverse side.

Having established its own in-house enamelling atelier in the 1990s – to this day, one of the very few Manufactures to have done so – Jaeger-LeCoultre began in 1996 to reproduce the works of major artists from Europe and Asia on the tiny scale of the Reverso case back.

To reproduce a painting in enamel on the case back of a watch presents several challenges. The enameller’s skill as a draftsman must not only be equal to that of the original artist but must also be reduced to a tiny scale. What’s more, colour must be controlled so as to exactly match the original work of art – and yet, the nature of enamel pigment means that the outcome after firing cannot be exactly predicted. It is a question of the artisan’s judgement, based on many years of experience.

The Courbet and Van Gogh works reproduced for the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures pose a particular challenge: both artists used a heavy impasto, whereby paint is applied so thickly that it is raised above the surface of the canvas. Because this technique of course cannot be duplicated with enamel, the enamellist had to create an illusion of the technique.

On the other hand, the luminescent quality of grand feu enamel gives it a particular advantage over oil on canvas: tilting an enamelled surface to catch the light reveals unexpected depth and nuances.

Technical details

Model: Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Courbet

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Courbet

Case material: White gold
Case dimensions: 45.6 x 27.4 mm
Case thickness: 9.73 mm
Movement: Manually wound – Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 30 metres
Dial: Herringbone guilloche, with Grand Feu enamel
Case back: Closed – Grand Feu enamel
Strap: Black alligator
Reference: Q39334C2
Limited Edition: 10 pieces

Model: Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Van Gogh

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Van Gogh

Case material: White gold
Case dimensions: 45.6 x 27.4 mm
Case thickness: 9.73 mm
Movement: Manually wound – Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 30 metres
Dial: Sunray guilloche, with Grand Feu enamel
Case back: Closed – Grand Feu enamel
Strap: Black alligator
Reference: Q39334V1
Limited Edition: 10 pieces

Model: Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Klimt

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures – Klimt

Case material: White gold
Case dimensions: 45.6 x 27.4 mm
Case thickness: 9.73 mm
Movement: Manually wound – Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 30 metres
Dial: Barleycorn guilloche, with Grand Feu enamel
Case back: Closed – Grand Feu enamel
Strap: Black alligator
Reference: Q39334K1
Limited Edition: 10 pieces

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

This extra-ordinary mechanical wristwatch marks two historical milestones of the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture: the 90th anniversary of the best-selling Reverso and the 150th anniversary of the first minute repeater made by La Grande Maison.

Offered in a limited edition of 10 pieces, the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater reflects the Swiss manufacture’s exceptional expertise in chiming watches and the timeless story of the Reverso.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mastery of chiming mechanisms dates back to the very foundation of the Manufacture in 1833. Introduced in 1931, the Reverso is one of the most iconic wristwatches ever made.

Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the Reverso Répétition Minutes in 1994. It was the first time the Maison had miniaturised a minute repeater for a wristwatch and was the world’s first rectangular minute repeater movement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

Embodying technical advances such as Jaeger-LeCoultre’s patented trebuchet hammers, silent regulator and a new generation of gongs, the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater is powered by a revised version of Calibre 944 – a movement entirely conceived, designed and produced within the Manufacture.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

The new timepiece is distinguished by dials on both the front and reverse sides, bringing a fresh visual expression to the timeless Reverso design, as well as to the minute repeater mechanism itself.

While the dials both display the same time, they are very different in character – one exuberant, the other more sober. Both are a testament to the beauty of fine movement decoration and the exceptional level of craftsmanship that resides within the Manufacture.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

The front dial is entirely skeletonised, revealing the full complexity of the minute repeater mechanism and presenting a mesmerising display of moving parts when the minute repeater is activated.

Beneath a large bow-shaped bridge that sweeps from 11 o’clock to 7 o’clock, the components appear almost to be floating in three dimensions, the sense of visual depth and transparency enhanced by faceted indexes that are cantilevered from the chemin de fer minutes track.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

With a gleaming golden finish, the bridge, hour markers, gongs and several other components perfectly match the colour of the rose-gold watch case.

While the exuberance of the front dial contrasts with the rectilinear geometry of the Reverso case, the relative sobriety of the reverse dial echoes and amplifies those straight lines.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

Vertical Côtes de Genève stripes extend over the entire height of the main plate, which also serves as the dial. Showcasing the timekeeping mechanism, with subtle colour accents provided by blued screws and golden hands and hour markers, the cool silver tone of the metal provides an elegant counterpoint to the warm rose gold of the case.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

Set into the side of the watch case, the slider that activates the chimes has been specially designed for the new Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater to be as slim as possible, without sacrificing ergonomics.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater

Case material: Pink Gold
Case dimensions: 51.1 x 31 mm
Case thickness: 11.41 mm
Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 944, manually wound
Functions: Hours and Minutes on two dials, minute repeater
Power reserve: 35 hours
Water resistance: 30 m
Strap: Brown alligator
Limited edition of 10 pieces

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura

Jaeger-LeCoultre expands the Rendez-Vous collection by unveiling a new homage to women: the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura.

Boasting a glittering new interpretation of the large moon-phase display, this exuberant ladies’ watch unites the codes of fine watchmaking and high jewellery in an exquisite ode to the romance of the night sky.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura

Moon phase is the most feminine and romantic horological complication. To create a dazzling interpretation of this beautiful complication, this timepiece unites the rich blue of lapis lazuli with the sparkle of diamonds, the subtle warmth of pink gold and the pale gleam of mother-of-pearl.

Created in the spirit of jewellery watches, with concentric circles of brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding the dial, the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s uncompromising attention to detail.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura

To intensify the glittering beauty of the 36 large diamonds that form the outer circle, the Manufacture’s master jewellers have used a classical prong setting technique. The fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, allowing the light to pass through them from every angle, enhancing the presence of each stone and giving an impression that the entire circle is almost floating around the watch case, rather than anchored to it.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura

This dazzling ring of diamonds is further enhanced by an inner circle of 72 grain-set diamonds adorning the bezel; in addition, the upper surfaces of the lugs are set with diamonds and an inverted diamond is set into each of the crowns.

Contrasting with the icy sparkle of the diamonds, the rich blue of the lapis lazuli dial evokes the mystical deep blue of the sky at the moment when day turns to night. On the upper part of the dial, applied ‘floral’ numerals – a Rendez-Vous signature – mark the hours. Graduated in size, they form a broad arc, soaring above an elliptical band of 68 diamonds that outlines the lower dial and draws the eye deeper into it.

Here, amid the delicate tracery of a star chart, the moon plays the major role, its large size giving it a powerful presence; the pale colour and shimmering iridescence of its mother-of-pearl surface – like moonlight itself – glows against the deep blue background. On the celestial map, marking the brightest stars of each constellation, tiny polished golden hemispheres have been applied to the lapis lazuli.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura

Set on the edge of the dial, a hand-polished golden star – emblem of the Rendez-Vous collection – marks the time of a special appointment; it is moved into position by turning the second crown, set into the caseband at the 2 o’clock position.

The exceptional savoir-faire of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s finest craftsmen in moon phase complications has brought the poetic beauty of the Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura to life with the technical sophistication of the Manufacture Calibre 935.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura watch case back

This self-winding movement was developed in 2015 especially for the Rendez-Vous collection. Its moonphase mechanism is extremely accurate and it needs no adjustment for 972 years.

Fine decorative details of this sophisticated movement are visible beneath the transparent sapphire case-back, including Côtes de Genève stripes on both the plates and the open-worked 18-carat gold winding rotor.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Dazzling Moon Lazura

Technical details

Model: RENDEZ-VOUS DAZZLING MOON LAZURA

Movement
Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture Calibre 935 – Automatic
Power reserve: 40 hours

Dial
Lapis lazuli, diamonds
Diamonds: 190 diamonds – 3.53 carats

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Moon phase, Rendez-Vous Indicator

Case
Pink gold case
Diameter: 36 mm
Thickness: 10.76 mm
Case-back: Open
Water resistance: 5 bar

Strap
Blue alligator

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery, a master piece by the Maison’s Atelier des Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts™ workshop). A brand new addition to the iconic Reverso collection, this high jewellery watch unites the talents of gem-setters with the mastery of watchmaking complications.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery

Jaeger-LeCoultre featured the cordonnet (‘fine braid’) bracelet on several women’s watches during the 1930s. In 1933, this simple black cord was paired with the Reverso for the first time.

The Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery reinterprets this exquisite pairing in radiant style, transforming the simple cord bracelet into a supple braid of gold and diamonds and uniting it with a fully diamond-set Duetto case.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery

Designed especially for women, the double-sided Duetto offers two dials, each with a different expression of the time. The watch is driven by the manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 844.

The front dial of the Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery is constructed of multiple layers: fine golden Arabic numerals are applied to a white mother-of-pearl base and framed by diamond-set brackets; in the centre, framed by a fine filet of gold, a geometric cut-out reveals a glittering field of pavé-set diamonds. The reverse-side dial offers a rich contrast: set onto a background of onyx, diamond-set golden ‘sunbeams’ radiate out from the centre to form the hour markers.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery

The entire case and bracelet attachment, the bracelet itself and both dials are fully set with diamonds, while the winding crown is adorned with a reverse-set diamond: 1,104 diamonds in total 7.84 carats.

For the case, Jaeger-LeCoultre chose the grain-setting technique, whereby the diamonds are held in place by beads of gold so tiny that they are almost invisible, keeping the stones very close together, so that the watch case appears to be encrusted in a solid mass of diamonds.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery

Technical details

Model: Reverso One Cordonnet Jewellery
Reference: Q3372301

Case
Material: pink gold fully set with diamonds
Case dimensions: 36.3 x 18mm

Movement
Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 844 – manually wound with 38-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours and minutes (indicating the same time on both dials)

Dials
Front dial: Mother-of-pearl, diamonds, applied numerals
Back dial: Onyx, diamond-set indexes

Bracelet
Pink gold fully set with diamonds

Diamonds
1,104 diamonds for 7.84 carats

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium

Fitted with an automatic mechanical movement, the Reverso Duetto Medium is a new interpretation of one its most admired models from Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Inspired by the original Art Deco design and identified by the three straight-line gadroons that define both the upper and lower edges of the case, the new Reverso Duetto Medium introduces fresh colours and new aesthetic refinement to the collection.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium watch wrist shot

The flip-over case of the Reverso – originally designed with a solid metal caseback that would protect the glass of the watch when it was worn to play sports – took on a new life in the 1990s, with the introduction of a second dial.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium watch

Following the success of the Reverso Duoface, which displays a second time zone on its reverse, the double dial concept was reconceived with the Reverso Duetto.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium

Each dial offers a distinctly different aesthetic expression of the same time – classically elegant on the front and more exuberant on the reverse – with two sets of hands animated by a single movement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium with with pink gold case

On the light-coloured front dial, a central rectangle decorated with deeply etched sunray guilloché pattern is framed by a chemin de fer minute track. Surrounding this, the clean-lined applied Arabic numerals stand out against a smooth background, adding greater visual depth and complexity.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium pink gold watch

On the darker-coloured reverse dial, a sunray-brushed central circle is defined by a fine golden or steel ring (to match the case material), from which deeply etched guillochage radiates in a sunray pattern, accented by fine golden or steel bands that mark the hours.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium watch with stainless steel case

Subtly refined details distinguish the new Automatic model from its hand-wound counterparts: on the reverse-side dial only the numeral ‘12’ is marked, and a small aperture at the centre reveals the oscillating mass.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium stainless steel watch blue dial

The self-winding movement is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Manufacture Calibre 968A, with a 38-hour power reserve. Adding further richness, the gadroons on the upper and lower edges of the case are now defined by row of grain-set diamonds on both the front and reverse faces.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium watch wrist on

The new Reverso Duetto Medium in steel has a reverse dial in glowing sapphire blue – a beautiful contrast with the frosted finish on the number ’12’ and the cool tone of the polished steel, and a perfect match for the blue hands on the front dial and the shiny alligator strap.

The pink gold model has a glossy black lacquer reverse dial, while the soft white of the front dial is complemented by golden baton hands to match the numerals and the pink gold case. To reinforce this tonal harmony, Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced its signature shiny taupe alligator strap to the Reverso collection for the first time.

Technical details

Model: Reverso Duetto Medium (Steel)

Case Material: Steel
Case dimensions: 40 x 24 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Movement: Automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 968A
Functions: Hours and minutes on both dials
Power reserve: 38 hours
Water resistance: 30 metres
Diamonds: 60 diamonds (0.84 carats)
Strap: Blue alligator
Reference: Q2578480

Model: Reverso Duetto Medium (Pink Gold)

Case Material: Pink gold
Case dimensions: 40 x 24 mm
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Movement: Automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 968A
Functions: Hours and minutes on both dials
Power reserve: 38 hours
Water resistance: 30 metres
Diamonds: 60 diamonds (0.84 carats)
Strap: Taupe alligator
Reference: Q2572570

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers, Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) Collection

Swiss luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces four sparkling new Reverso One models that unite the codes of fine watchmaking, artistic crafts and High Jewellery to bring fresh colour, sophistication and glamour to the collection.

These exquisite timepieces unite multiple artistic crafts – enamelling, engraving and gem-setting work – in a remarkable collaboration between highly skilled artisans.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers, Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) Collection

Inspired by the decorative jewels worn in the 1920s, the Swiss Maison has created four exceptional models that celebrate the poetry of flowers, with two models in white gold and two in pink gold each showcasing rare handcrafts in different combinations.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers, Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) Collection

The restrained elegance of the dials provides only a subtle hint that these are truly precious timepieces: the glow of white mother-of-pearl is accented by the numerals, and the golden brackets that define the four corners of the dial. It is the flip side of the case that gives full rein to the artistry and diverse skills that reside within the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, with multiple artisans applying different crafts, collaborating in a carefully orchestrated process over the course of many weeks and months.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers, Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) Collection

When working on such complex and collaborative projects, the artisans’ work must follow a strict order: engraving first, then enamelling – which requires multiple coats of enamel pigment to add richness, nuance and visual depth. After each coat is applied, the enamel must be fired to set the colour – an exacting process that takes many days. To complete the piece, the background is decorated with lacquer or mother-of-pearl, or is set with diamonds – according to the model.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers, Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) Collection

In the first model, White Lilies decorate a white gold case. The blank gold case-back has been relief-engraved – a technique by which the background metal is sculpted away, leaving only the raised outlines of the floral design. Each of the blooms is entirely hand-engraved, replicating the texture of lily petals in fine detail.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers White Lilies
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers White Lilies

Contrasting with the cool tones of the white gold, the leaves are enamelled in a rich blue and the stamens in light blue. To create the sky-blue background, tissue-fine wafers of mother-of-pearl are cut to the exact shape then laid in place. Grain-set diamonds embellish the entire case, wrapping seamlessly from front to back, and the winding crown is adorned with a reverse-set diamond.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Pink Arums
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Pink Arums

In the second watch, Pink Arums complement the warm tones of a pink gold case. With a black lacquered background providing dramatic contrast, the blooms are enamelled in graduated shades of pink, while the foliage is fully set with diamonds.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Pink Arums

The winding crown is adorned with a reverse-set diamond, and grain-set diamonds embellish the entire case, wrapping seamlessly from front to back.

Two fully diamond-set models also feature Arums: Purple Arums (on pink gold) symbolise charm and passion, and Blue Arums (on white gold) symbolise grace and refinement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Purple Arums

On these two watches, the flowers and leaves are all enamelled, and the entire background is snow-set with diamonds.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Blue Arums
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Blue Arums

The floral design wraps seamlessly around the case-sides, from the back to the bezel, involving curves and angles that add a high degree of complexity to the artisans’ work.

Set in the elongated Reverso One case and complemented by shiny alligator straps in vivid colours, these new timepieces are a joyous expression of feminine elegance.

The Reverso One Precious Flowers watches are equipped with the hand-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846, a rectangular shaped movement developed especially for the Reverso.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers, Rare Handcrafts (Métiers Rares) Collection

Proposed in an edition of just 10 pieces of each model, these new Reverso One timepieces authenticate the horological savoir-faire, artistic craftsmanship and jewellery-making skills of La Grande Maison.

Technical details

Collection: Reverso One Precious Flowers

Model: Reverso One White Lilies

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers White Lilies

 

  • Case: 40mm x 20mm in white gold
  • Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846 – manually wound with 38-hour power reserve
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Dial: white mother-of-pearl
  • Caseback: engraved flowers and enamelled leaves on mother-of-pearl, 335 diamonds for 2.44 cts
  • Strap: shiny blue alligator
  • Reference: Q3293420
  • Limited edition of 10 pieces

Model: Reverso One Pink Arums

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Pink Arums

  • Case: 40mm x 20mm in pink gold
  • Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846 – manually wound with 38-hour power reserve
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Dial: white mother-of-pearl
  • Caseback: enamelled flowers and gem-set leaves on black lacquer, 409 diamonds for 2.59 cts
  • Strap: shiny pink alligator
  • Reference: Q3292430
  • Limited edition of 10 pieces

Model: Reverso One Purple Arums

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Purple Arums

  • Case: 40mm x 20mm in pink gold
  • Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846 – manually wound with 38-hour power reserve
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Dial: white mother-of-pearl
  • Caseback: fully diamond-set with enamelled flowers and leaves, 626 diamonds for 1.98 cts
  • Strap: shiny green alligator
  • Reference: Q3292401
  • Limited edition of 10 pieces

Model: Reverso One Blue Arums

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Blue Arums

  • Case: 40mm x 20mm in white gold
  • Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846 – manually wound with 38-hour power reserve
  • Functions: hours and minutes
  • Dial: white mother-of-pearl
  • Caseback: fully diamond-set with enamelled flowers and leaves, 626 diamonds for 1.98 cts
  • Strap: shiny blue alligator
  • Reference: Q3293401
  • Limited edition of 10 pieces

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

For the first 60 years of its life, the iconic Reverso remained a simple, time-only watch. Introduced in 1991, 60 years after the Reverso’s creation, the Reverso Soixantième was the first Reverso with complications and the first with a sapphire crystal caseback.

This timepiece incorporated power reserve and date displays. Now, nine decades after the Reverso was born, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Reverso Tribute Nonantième, a manual winding wristwatch that gives a completely new visual expression to an alliance of several classical complications.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

The launch of the Soixantième in 1991 had coincided with the rebirth of complicated watchmaking that followed the quartz crisis. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s long and distinguished history as a creator of high complications provided its engineers and designers with an exceptionally rich archive from which to learn, and develop new calibres.

Nevertheless, the Manufacture’s goal of creating six new Reverso models within the decade, each incorporating one of the great classical complications, was very ambitious – not least, given the particular challenges posed by rectangular movements, which dictate a different architecture from that of round movements.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

The Soixantième was followed in 1993 by the Reverso Tourbillon – the Manufacture’s first wristwatch tourbillon. In 1994, Jaeger-LeCoultre released the Reverso Répétition Minutes, the first time the Maison had miniaturised a minute repeater for a wristwatch, and the world’s first rectangular minute repeater movement.

In 1996, La Grande Maison introduced the Reverso Chronographe Rétrograde, with an intricate display on the reverse side that solved the problem of how to arrange the chronograph counters within a rectangular frame.

This was followed two years later by the Reverso Géographique and, coinciding with the Millennium, the Reverso Quantième Perpétuel. In 2001, Jaeger-LeCoultre marked the completion of another decade in the Reverso story with the Septantième. Its movement, Calibre 879, offered an 8-day power reserve – almost unheard-of at the time.

The front dial of the new Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième watch exudes refinement and elegance. The pink gold case with its signature gadroons frames a silvered, sunray-brushed dial with applied golden indexes and Dauphine hands.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

In the lower half of the dial, a moonphase display is set within the circle formed by the small seconds counter. Beneath 12 o’clock is a large date display, framed by an applied filet of pink gold that echoes the rectangular shape of the dial and case.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

The classically elegant aesthetic of the front dial gives no hint of the surprise concealed on the reverse side of the watch. Flipping the case over reveals an entirely new visual expression of some of watch making’s most familiar complications.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

The solid pink-gold caseback is dominated by two round apertures of different sizes, arranged like a figure-eight and encircled by gadroons that echo the rectilinear gadroons on the upper and lower edges of the case. The small upper aperture displays a semi-jumping digital hour indication. Seen for the first time in a Reverso, this complication recalls digital displays developed by the Manufacture for wristwatches in the 1930s.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

In the large aperture below the hour, minutes are displayed on a rotating disc that is partially concealed by a three-quarter plate lacquered in vivid blue – in the Atelier des Métiers Rares® – and sprinkled with tiny golden stars to depict the night sky. Within a small circle at the centre, an applied golden sun and moon, pass above a horizon, to indicate night and day. In the semi-circle below the horizon, a JL logo is set on a sunray-pattern background.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

As is the case for all complicated Reverso models, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s engineers developed an entirely new, manually wound movement for the Nonantième, Calibre 826. Comprising 230 components and showing the same time on both faces of the watch, it offers a power reserve of 42 hours.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième Limited Edition

The Reverso Tribute Nonantième is offered in a limited edition of 190 pieces, available exclusively at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques.

Technical details

Model: Reverso Tribute Nonantieme
Reference: Q711252J

Case
Material: Pink gold
Dimensions: 49.4 x 29.9 mm
Thickness: 11.72 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres

Movement
Manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 826
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Front display: Hours, minutes, small seconds. Grande Date. Moon phases
Back display: Digital semi-jumping hour, minutes on a disc. Night-day indication

Strap
Black alligator

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

During the Watches and Wonders 2021 digital event, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque), the world’s first watch with four faces. This grand complication watch incorporates a total of 11 complications, including perpetual calendar, minute repeater, indications of the synodic, draconic and anomalistic cycles (never before presented together in a wristwatch), requiring 12 patents.

The most complicated timepiece ever presented in the Reverso collection, the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 is the result of over six years of development, combining key areas of expertise at Jaeger-LeCoultre with innovative new astronomical indications.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

Uniting the brand’s unchallenged mastery of chiming watches, precision mechanisms, astronomical complications and ultra-compact watchmaking, it is the world’s first wristwatch with four functioning display faces. It incorporates three displays of lunar information on the interior face of the iconic Reverso cradle: the synodic cycle, the draconic cycle and the anomalistic cycle.

With these functions, the Hybris Mechanica Quadriptyque can predict the next global incidence of astronomical events such as supermoons and eclipses — the world’s first wristwatch to provide such astronomical indications.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

Having a multitude of complications in a watch is pointless unless they can be legibly and comprehensibly displayed, and the watch can be reasonably worn. Liberated by the unique design of the iconic Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre has created a world’s first: a double-faced case continuously driven by the in-house Calibre 185, and a double-faced cradle with indications synced and updated by the primary movement every day at the stroke of midnight by an ingenious mechanical system proprietary to Jaeger-LeCoultre.

If accomplished through conventional mechanical means, the 11 complications of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque would result in a timepiece far more suited for a desk than a wrist. Thanks to nearly two centuries of expertise and a thoroughly modern approach to innovation, the Maison has accommodated the extremely complex mechanism in a wristwatch with a 51mm x 31mm x 15mm case.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

The history of Jaeger-LeCoultre is rooted in the pursuit and attainment of precision. One of the earliest inventions of founder Antoine LeCoultre was the millionometer, the first instrument able to measure the micron.

Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre is an undisputed pioneer and leader in creating exceptional executions of the tourbillon, a mechanism designed to enhance the chronometric performance of a timepiece. The Reverso Hybris Mechanica Gyrotourbillon 2 (2008) stunned audiences and won chronometry awards with its multi-axial revolving balance, and the Reverso Hybris Mechanica à Triptyque (2006) remains unique in its use of a tourbillon with a high-precision ellipse isometer escapement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

Occupying the 7 o’clock position on the recto face of the case, a flying tourbillon makes one rotation a minute, continuously varying the position of the balance in order to achieve a single corrected average time measurement.

The balance beats in regular cadences of 4Hz (28,800vph), every eight beats mark the passing of one second. The seconds accumulate into minutes, into hours, days, weeks, months and years. The recto face of the Quadriptyque case shows the indications of a perpetual calendar. It also takes leap years into account, displaying a 29th day in the month of February every four years.

Highlighting the precision of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 185 construction, the perpetual calendar indications are instantaneous, changing at the stroke of midnight. In addition, the complexities of the Calibre 185 construction required the date to be displayed at the 5 o’clock position on the dial. At Jaeger-LeCoultre, only the perfect legibility of a grande date was considered acceptable for a watch of such prestige, which necessitated the creation of a new system of date display discs in order to accommodate the dimensions of the flying tourbillon at 7 o’clock.

There are extremely few watchmaking manufactures that possess in-house expertise in sonnerie wristwatches. Jaeger-LeCoultre is the only one watchmaking manufacture that has over 200 chiming watch calibres in its historical and modern inventory. The verso face of the Quadriptyque case is a virtuoso tour de force of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s patrimony as a master and innovator of chiming watches.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

With the slide of a lever located just above the crown, the Quadriptyque unleashes its melody. First, a series of low notes, correlating to the number of hours. Second, an alternating couplet of high and low notes, corresponding to the quarter-hours. And concluding the melody, a succession of high notes, indicating the number of minutes to be added to the elapsed quarters. In concert, the hours-quarters-minutes chime plays the current time in musical code.

The striking works of the Reverso Quadriptyque are completely exposed alongside a secondary time display, indicating the same time as the recto dial, but in a jumping-hours and peripheral-minutes format. As the Quadriptyque strikes the time, setting a symphony of springs, cams, hammers and gongs into motion, their acoustic report confirms the visual display of the secondary dial.

Visible through apertures on the movement plate hand-decorated with the guillochage motif known as clous de Paris are elements of the chiming mechanism uniquely associated with the sonnerie expertise of Jaeger-LeCoultre. These include the silent chime governor, patented by the manufacture in 1895 to eliminate the buzzing noise created by the older anchor system.

More recent in-house innovations showcased in the Quadriptyque are the crystal gongs (first seen in the Master Minute Repeater Antoine LeCoultre of 2005) that attach the repeater gongs directly to the sapphire crystal to exploit the material’s optimal acoustic properties, the square cross-sectional profile of the gongs themselves that maximise contact and energy transmission between the hammers and gongs (a mainstay of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s repeating watches since 2006), and the articulated trebuchet hammers (developed for the 2009 Hybris Mechanica Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie) that deliver a clean and strong strike to the gongs. In totality, these innovations allow Jaeger-LeCoultre minute repeaters to produce some of the loudest and clearest chiming wristwatches today.

Debuting in the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 is a completely novel engineering of the chiming components to create a seamless chime with no pauses in between the hours, quarters and minutes. The conventional minute repeater mechanism utilises special pivoting racks that read the time off a series of cams and then proceed to activate each group of chimed notes in turn. This often results in silent gaps between the groups of chimed notes, especially when there are only hours and minutes to be struck, with no intervening quarters.

The Hybris Mechanica Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon (2014) and Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel (2019) made exceptional strides in chiming know-how by reducing these silent gaps, but the Reverso Quadriptyque has reached the ultimate stage of expertise in this area. By refining and inverting specific steps in this mechanical sequence, the Quadriptyque has succeeded in eliminating these gaps entirely.

As a watch manufacture with close to two centuries of fine watchmaking expertise, Jaeger-LeCoultre has mastered all aspects of time expression, from the quotidian to the esoteric. One of the hallmark complications of Jaeger-LeCoultre is the display of sidereal time, time that is determined with reference to the stars instead of the Sun, first presented in the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication (2010).

This year, for the first time ever in the history of mechanical horology, Jaeger-LeCoultre unites three displays of lunar information — the synodic cycle, the draconic cycle and the anomalistic cycle — in a single wristwatch. This unique micromechanical combination of indications, located on the interior face of the cradle of the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185, allows the determination of eclipse events (both solar and lunar) and rare lunar phenomena such as supermoons.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

Occupying the top half of the interior face of the cradle of the Reverso Quadriptyque is a massive representation of the phases of the moon in the Northern Hemisphere. A laser-engraved moon is progressively covered and revealed by a mobile blue lacquer disc with gold glitter décor, corresponding to the age of the moon in the synodic cycle. While conventional displays of the moon phase accumulate one day of error after 32.5 months, the moon phase display of the Quadriptyque requires only one adjustment after 1,111 years.

Just below the moon phase display, on the left, is a counter with a three-dimensional micro-sculpted pink-gold sun orbited by a tiny hemispherical moon. This counter shows the draconic cycle, showing when the path of the Moon intersects with the orbit of the Earth around the Sun (known as the ecliptic). Such an intersection takes place twice in each cycle, indicated by the horizontal alignment on the counter of the moon and the sun.

At this time, the Moon, Earth and Sun are all on the same plane; however, they may not be aligned. For them to be aligned, a phenomenon known as syzygy, an additional condition must be fulfilled — the Moon must be either in its new or full phase. When that happens, an eclipse event happens on Earth, either a lunar eclipse if the Moon is in its full phase, or a solar eclipse if the Moon is in its new phase. However, the actual visibility of the eclipse is dependent on various factors such as the geographical position of the viewer.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 (Quadriptyque)

To the right of the draconic cycle counter is a domed representation of the Earth, micro-painted in enamel, with a hemispherical moon in eccentric orbit around it. This counter represents the anomalistic cycle, showing the varying distance between the Earth and Moon. At its apogee, the Moon is at its furthest distance from the Earth and is closest at its perigee. When the Moon is in its full phase near or at the perigee, an event known as a supermoon occurs, in which the Moon can appear to be up to 14 percent larger than usual in the sky.

The display of the synodic, draconic and anomalistic cycle together in a wristwatch is unprecedented in horology, with the latter two indications protected by patent, making the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 the only watch ever made to provide such depth of information about astronomical phenomena.

The Hybris Mechanica family of timepieces at Jaeger-LeCoultre began with the 2003 Atmos Mystérieuse and has since grown to encompass close to 20 groundbreaking horological creations, including the Master Hybris Mechanica Gyrotourbillon 1 (2004), the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Grande Complication à Triptyque (2006), the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon (2014) and the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel (2019).

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was born in 1931. The original Reverso bore a single time-telling face, with a mobile case that could be turned over within its cradle, revealing a solid caseback. The next generation of the Reverso featured another dial on its caseback, either in a different design to accommodate the wearer’s aesthetic preference (Duetto) or displaying a second time zone (Duoface) to offer additional functionality when travelling. The Reverso Hybris Mechanica à Triptyque (2006) represented an evolutionary leap in horological innovation, with a third display positioned on the interior face of the Reverso cradle.