Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled the latest version of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste watch at the 76th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, celebrating the 15th year of its partnership with the oldest film festival in the world. The highlight of the new timepiece is its orbital flying tourbillon that makes a complete turn of the dial over the course of 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds – the unusual time unit is the length of one sidereal day, calculated with reference to the more distant stars instead of the Sun. The dial the recreates the night sky of the Northern hemisphere, showcasing the constellations of the zodiac calendar framed by an outer ring displaying their associated symbols. In addition to that, a tiny gold marker revolves around the dial annually as an indication of where we are within this alternative and ancient star calendar.
The latest version of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste has arrived with several changes over its predecessor. The dial has been simplified in terms of
textures and indications, while the readability in low light situations has been improved with the hour markers and constellations treated with Super-LumiNova. It also evokes the glow
of heavenly bodies on a clear night and brings the dial to life. The 43mm white gold case encloses the hand-wound Caliber 946 which is made of 334 components and offers 45 hours of power reserve. The timepiece is limited to just 28 pieces and is priced at Euro 185,000 (roughly USD 200,000).