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Hybris Artistica presents twelve masterful pieces harbouring a wealth of inventiveness, savoir-faire and creativity raised to a unique level
The Hybris Artistica timepieces from Jaeger-LeCoultre epitomise the unique spirit of inventiveness brought to life by 180 years old skills in a ‘calendar’ of wonderment combining as never before watchmaking art and transcendent creativity. Each of the twelve models in the Hybris Artistica collection represents an unprecedented blend of design, technical construction, watchmaking art and exquisite craftsmanship to achieve the point of equilibrium that dramatically expresses the Manufacture’s mastery and style. We bring you six timepieces from the collection.
MASTER GRANDE TRADITION GYROTOURBILLON
With its flying Gyrotourbillon and its spherical balance-spring, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 unveiled in 2013 is undoubtedly the watch sensation of the 21st century. The absence of an upper bridge reveals a miniature universe wherein the two carriages engage in a carefully synchronised rotation. Ultra-lightweight materials were used to achieve a micromechanical tour de force: despite having more than a hundred parts, the Gyrotourbillon weighs less than one gram. Associated with a 14ct gold blued balance wheel, the movements of the balance-spring are surprisingly three-dimensional. This timepiece also achieves the feat of combining the supreme precision of the spherical tourbillon with the first instant digital display chronograph presented in a grand complication.
For the Hybris Artistica collection, this high performance timepiece takes on an even more masculine character thanks to its tantalum case. This little known metal that appeared in the early 20th century is extremely hard and resistant to corrosion, and particularly challenging to work. The watchmakers of the Manufacture had to rethink how to build the case, so that the shape would reflect the emotion generated by this hypnotic metal. Deep anthracite grey in colour, it seems animated, almost alive, because of its bluish lustre. The spirit of this timepiece is edgy and avant- garde, accentuated by the black dial for the hours and minutes, the anthracite dial of the chronograph counter, and the ruthenium- treated movement.
MASTER GRANDE TRADITION TOURBILLON CÉLESTE
The breathtakingly intense Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste brings the mystery of the skies within reach. The Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste offers up a stunning interpretation of time. To fully demonstrate the astronomical aspect, the orbital flying tourbillon does not indicate the passage of civil time, but instead sidereal time, which is nearly four minutes shorter in duration than solar time. Thus, the passage of Sirus – the reference star – at the zenith marks the celestial meridian. The orbital flying tourbillon moves to the rhythm of the stars and constellations, and rotates with the dial in a sidereal choreography. For the craftsmen of the Manufacture, the technical and aesthetic difficulties were compounded by an even more challenging ambition. How could they embody in a watch the sensation of gazing at the stars in the night sky? The starry sky stretches above in the shape of a hemispherical arch bounded by the horizon. Another challenge was to highlight the contrast between the intense black of night and the infinite brilliance of the constellations. The dial is made of royal blue aventurine, between indigo and stormy sky, which maintains the mystery. The area of the dial representing the months is guilloché and covered in translucent lacquer which recreates the effect of the depth of the cosmos. The hour-markers march around the inner bezel ring (or flange) to mark the rhythm of time. The flange itself is guilloché and filled with lacquer to blend in a vision of absolute harmony. Replacing the bezel, the domed crystal of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste is placed directly on the caseback, which provides a greater sense of openness and ensures perfect visibility of the orbital tourbillon.
DUOMÈTRE À GRANDE SONNERIE
Unveiled in 2009, the Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie is simply the most complicated watch in the world. It strikes the hours en passant with a complete Westminster carillon that chimes the longest rendition of the Big Ben melody ever played by a striking watch. The engineers totally redesigned the basic principles of the mechanism, using avant-garde technologies to deliver a bright chime rich in tones and harmonies, a regular rhythm, but also an easy to use Grande Sonnerie model that prevents errors in manipulation and features incomparable strength. While the Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie already represents an extraordinary feat in itself, the Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmakers decided to add two other complications: a flying tourbillon and a perpetual calendar with retrograde hands. It is programmed to require no adjustment until the year 2100. The art of the Hybris Artistica version consists in showcasing the outstanding features of this timepiece that incorporates the most sophisticated complications in inventive new forms.