It was in 2004 when Jaeger-LeCoultre released the first Gyrotourbillon watch, which created a stir in the watchmaking world. For SIHH 2019, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has introduced a new Gyrotourbillon, the brand’s fifth multi-axis tourbillon, that packs a mighty- impressive combination of high-complications: a multi-axis tourbillon driven by a remontoir d’égalité, a minute repeater with Westminster chimes and a perpetuel calendar. Meet the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetuel, an ultra-complex watch that’s built to impress even the most discerning connoisseurs of Haute Horlogerie. At the heart of the timepiece is the multi-axis tourbillon, which has been reduced in size by JLC to make space for the other complications. It’s impressive how JLC has able to pack all of it in a case that measures 43mm x 14.08mm.
Augmenting the multi-axis tourbillon is the minute repeater complication that has been programmed with four sets of hammers and patented crystal gongs to play the Westminster carillon – the familiar chimes of Big Ben (Sol-Do-Ré-Mi as engraved in French on the movement or G-C-D-E). The third complication of the watch is the perpetuel calendar mechanism with indications for the day, the date, the month and the year. Unlike most other perpetual calendars, the date of the calibre 184 can be adjusted in both directions. The reserves side of the watch gives a clear view of the caliber and the complications. The case is in white gold which features a top-quality combination of both polished and brushed finishes. The dial on the watch is available in two options: blue guilloché enamel or silver-grained. The watch comes with an alligator strap with alligator lining. Limited to only 18 examples, the Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpetuel is priced at 800,000 Euros (about $918,000).