Showcase vol.19

Showcase vol.19

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Jaeger-LeCoultre

Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon

The pink gold case frames a dial on which the observer’s gaze is drawn towards the tourbillon at 6 o’clock. This imposing and majestic device testifies to the exceptional precision of the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon, as well as to the inventive strength of the manufacture that propelled the tourbillon, invented in the latter years of the 18th century, firmly into the 21st century. The tourbillon is held by a filigree-worked bridge providing an exquisite view of its perfectly proportioned orbit. Set against an eggshell-white dial, the applied pink gold hour-markers retain the modesty required to avoid distracting the gaze from the true focus of attention. The gold hour and minute hands accompany the small seconds at 6 o’clock which interdependent with the rotations of the tourbillon, performs a complete turn once a minute. In 2012, three new timepieces celebrate this watch line that has truly come of age. Each expresses a particular aspect of the vast range of expertise cultivated within the Manufacture Jaeger- LeCoultre: prodigious horological classicism conveyed through a minimalist expression.

Greubel Forsey

Quadruple Tourbillon Secret

This timepiece evokes to the passionate enthusiast the promise of an exceptional movement in which a magical mechanical ballet plays out on a hidden stage visible only through the display back. The dial side redefines the expression of telling the time with its harmonious arrangement of multiple dials. Ultraexclusive, the Quadruple Tourbillon Secret comes in a unique edition of eight pieces in 5N red gold and eight pieces in platinum. The ballet of the tourbillons is visible only through the synthetic sapphire crystal display back. This private micro-mechanical performance becomes a witness to the bond that unites the owner with the values of the brand. Particularly in stable positions, timekeeping accuracy is improved by the Quadruple Tourbillon. The movement comprises 519 components of which 261 make up the four tourbillon cages and is powered by two mainspring barrels which provide an effective power reserve of 50 hours. The oscillators feature variable inertia balance wheels, Phillips terminal curves and beat at 3Hz/21,600 APH. The case is available in platinum 950 or 5N red gold.

A. Lange & Sohne

Lange 1 Time Zone

The white gold Lange 1 Time Zone makes it particularly easy for travellers to keep track of time when they cross over from one time zone to the next. Its dial indicates home time and the current time in a second time zone at a single glance. The applicable time zone can be set with pushbutton convenience. For this purpose, the watch features a rotating ring with the names of 24 cities that represent the respective time zones. With the new Lange 1 Time Zone in the noble whitegold case, these settings can now be effortlessly performed in the dark as well. This is assured by luminous hands and appliques in rhodiumed gold on the decentrally arranged main and subsidiary dials and in the power-reserve indicator. The heart of this new member of the Lange 1 family is the manufacture calibre L031.1. In terms of horological finesse, it offers everything in watchmaking artistry: typical quality hallmarks such as the threequarter plate made of untreated German silver, screwed gold chatons, the twin mainspring barrel for a power reserve of more than three days, the elaborate whiplash precision index adjuster, the hand-engraved balance and intermediate wheel cocks, and the ingenious outsize date display.

Girard-Perregaux

1966 Minute Repeater

The watch unveils a magnificent mechanism that produces an intense sound. It is one of the few watches to combine mechanical excellence with exceptional musical qualities. Its classic, elegant exterior houses one of the greatest of grandes complication: the minute repeater. The creation of the sound relies on a device that requires the presence of two circular gongs coiled inside the case and small hammers that strike them at regular intervals. The watch’s special design required thorough research into acoustic qualities. In particular, the Manufacture worked on three construction points on the case. The diameter of the calibre and the interior diameter of the case are perfectly balanced, a ratio that guarantees maximum resonance. The case-back is curved in order to increase the volume of air between the movement and the case, which significantly improves the propagation of the sound. Finally, the lower part of the case-back is diamond-polished, an operation that allows acoustic interference to be reduced. The leaf-shaped blued hands and applied hour markers bear the unmistakable mark of purity. The watch contains a handwound mechanical movement equipped with a power reserve of over four days, housed in a pink-gold case with a diameter of 42mm.