Pre-Basel 2014: Jaeger LeCoultre
First look for the new 200 piece limited edition from Jaeger LeCoutre...
The JLC Master Grande Tradition a Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours SQ is the newest watch for 2014. The design is based off of a pocket watch from 1928. Now, 86 years later, the masters at JLC have created a gorgeous piece of contemporary Haute Horologie in a LE of 200 pieces. The in-house JLC calibre 876, as complicated as it is, was not the difficult area on this watch. The people who had the most work were the engravers, who also did the skeltonizing on the intricate movement. After the people doing the work completed the plan, they got to work, shaving off the pieces of the plates that don't need to be there. This is all done by hand, meaning that one mistake would be the end for that particular piece. The rings around the dial and caseback are actually applied using the grand feu method, where one must paint the enamel on then fire it in a kiln at 800˚-820˚ C until the desired hue is reached. To finish the work on just two rings it takes the enamelers two days.
The movement consists of 262 pieces, but is only 6.6mm thick. In addition, it has an enormous 8-day power reserve. All these features are encased in a 11.65mm thick, 42mm white gold case. Pictures of the work being done and the watch it is based off of can be found below. I have not come across any information on pricing as of yet. This watch checks all the right boxes is my book. Size, features, color just an overall great job by JLC.
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