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01-16-2009, 06:17 PM #1
L4P Review, Jaeger LeCoultre Master Tourbillon
JLC Master Tourbillon
A brilliant inventor and self-taught watchmaker, Antoine-LeCoultre founded his first workshop in 1833, following the invention of a machine to produce watchmaking pinions. Ever since, the Manufacture Jaeger-Lecoultre has developed constantly around the founder's original workshops.
Surprisingly enough, it was neither a physicist nor an engineer who first measured the micron; it was Antoine LeCoultre, in 1844. He had created watch components that were so perfect no tool could actually detect their degree of inaccuracy. He followed that up by inventing the world's most accurate instrument: the Millionometer, which served as a benchmark for over half a century.
In 1847, LeCoultre created a revolutionary system that was to do away with the need for keys to rewind and set watches. His simple and brilliant solution was a pushbutton that activated a lever to switch from one function to another. It was the first keyless winding mechanism, and the first reliable system that eliminated the need for keys to wind or set a watch.
In 1866, when Swiss watchmaking was still structured around small home-run workshops, Antoine LeCoultre and his son Elie decided to bring together under one rood the many skills involved in making watches, and installed a steam-driven machine to operate their new tools. LeCoultre & Cie thus became the first Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux.
It was in 1903 when the Parisian Edmond Jaeger set Swiss watchmakers the challenge of producing ultra-thin calibres. It would lead to the Calibre 145, the world's thinnest mechanical movement, measuring no more than 1.38 mm, and the friendship of Antoine LeCoultre's grandson, Jacques-Devid LeCoultre. These two men would give a rise to a range of horological wonders, and eventually the birth of the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand in 1937.
In the year 1908, the Manufacture created its first rectangular-shaped calibre in response to the challenge created to miniaturize watches to wear on the wrist. By the "Roaring 20s" (1920s), very small ladies' wristwatches were all the rage, but extreme miniaturization always led to a loss of reliability and precision. The Duoplan brilliantly solved this problem by arranging its parts on split levels. It would lead to the world's smallest movement, Calibre 101. Outdoing the Calibre 145, Jaeger-Lecoultre miniaturized the Duoplan caliber to the extreme, weighing in at barely one gram and comprising of 74 parts. Its record is still unmatched to this date.
Since its founding, the Manufacture has created and produced over 1,000 different calibres in many varieties. Over 200 patented inventions have contributed to the progress of Swiss watchmaking in the field of movements, as well as that of cases, bracelets, dials, and watch functions.
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One of the finest movement manufacturers out there, and also one of the most affordable tourbillons available as well! The Master Tourbillon from Jaeger LeCoultre is an astonishing piece that only demands a % of what similar watches do when it comes to price.
The Master Tourbillon is an extension of the "Master Control" collection of watches by JLC... was developed in 2006 to ensure ultimate precision. a Tourbillon is used to eliminate the most of the effect of gravity on the escapement, by rotating the escapement a full 360degrees over the course of a minute the force of gravity is somewhat evenly distributed on the balance and the watch runs more accurately.
In this piece, the tourbillon cage is constructed of grade 5 titanium to make it not only light for better accuracy but also strong, the cage in entirety weighs only a mere .28grams allowing less energy to be needed to rotate the cage.
The numbers around the dial and the pointer hand are used to display the date, you will notice that the numbers skip the tourbillon, JLC developed a date system that once per month "jumps" in one night across the tourbillon as to not obstruct the view of the tourbillon. whats even more amazing is that since the watch is equipped with a seperate "travel time" the date can jump forwards or backwards along with your travels "in time" and across timezone borders..
The top subdial is used to dictate "hometime" in 24 hour readoff, this time stays the same and the wearer is able to change the current time forwards/back in 1 hour jumps to where he is traveling and the date will then change with his "local time". this is just one more complication seamlessly added to the watch without adding clutter.
The rotor of the watch is done in 22carat pink gold, the engravings are done in a relief and a hole is placed in the middle so one can admire the tourbillon at all times, from all angles.
Case here done in steel, but also available in pink gold and platinum the base price for steel being just under $50,000.00. Watch shown is coupled with a crocodile strap on deployant buckle but a bracelet is also available for a nominal price for the steel model.
The Master Tourbillon by JLC is an awesome watch that rivals to me some of the best tourbillons, while other brands such as Dubuis charge a minimum of $75,000 for a tourbillon that only tells time (no date, no hometime) JLC has developed a way to offer their piece not only for a fraction of the cost, but giving the wearer additional useful complications at the same time.-Riley Wysocki
07-19-2009, 06:35 PM #2
01-25-2010, 06:49 PM #3
I love JLC!! I haven't grown to appreciate AP's design yet tho.