The merry month of December brings about all kinds of warm feelings – there’s something about the season that makes you want to do special things for your nearest and dearest.
For many, shopping for presents we know our loved ones will adore is a gift in itself. That perfect gift is just around the corner, and an undisputed great choice is always a sure to be treasured timepiece from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
If only someone would give you the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon which is so “wow” and so precious, you would be quite happy to be beholden to that person forever. Or, why not buy it for yourself? After all, you deserve the best of the best too!
Among the various irresistible selections from the brand, here are some top picks.
The new Rendez-Vous Tourbillon is designed for women who adore refined pieces that shine with understated confidence. At 6 o’clock, the tourbillon reveals a spectacularly complex system of predominantly hand-decorated gears.
Seemingly suspended in mid-air, its balance wheel oscillates within the carriage to perform one revolution every 60 seconds, setting the beat of its high-precision automatic movement, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978.
A halo of brilliant-cut diamonds glittering on the bezel add to the sophistication of the timepiece, mirrored on a smaller scale in the centre of the dial and around the tourbillon.
With the pink gold models embellished with the shimmering iridescence of mother-of-pearl, a delicate, almost vibrant femininity radiates from the central dial of the new Rendez-Vous Tourbillon. Its precious materials transform the watch into a piece of jewellery – one which glistens on the wrist and marks out the enchanted passing of time.
Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon
The Grande Complication model houses a movement equipped with an unusual Gyrotourbillon, a piece which springs a number of surprises including an entirely openworked back dial – this platinum model is issued in a 75-piece limited series.
Equipped with the Jaeger-LeCoultre manually-wound Calibre 179, this creation reveals the Gyrotourbillon, performing its rotation by means of an external driving mechanism, appearing to be floating in mid-air.
Pared down to their slimmest possible form, the two carriages of this bi-axial flying tourbillon perform an external rotation in one minute and an internal rotation in 12.6 seconds. The gaze can thus linger on the balance-spring hand-crafted in the workshops of the Manufacture. Connoiseurs will admire its hemispherical shape, a detail they will appreciate for the additional difficulty and precision involved in such a design.
This delicate and exclusive balance-spring is a token of expert technical mastery that is also exercised on the Gyrolab balance-wheel, distinguished by a non-circular configuration that considerably reduces air friction. Shaped like the brand’s anchor symbol, this component represents a decisive breakthrough in terms of the watch’s precision.
The front of the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon features a finely grained white round dial swept over by blued steel Dauphine-type hands and evokes the noblest traditions of horological sophistication.
Its back features an entirely openworked movement with its bridges hand-decorated by artisans to create a remarkable effect on this back dial.
The dual-time display and the Gyrotourbillon stand out against the intricate downstrokes and upstrokes
of the openworked movement, and
this side also carries a day/night indicator in 24-hour mode at 2 o’clock as well as a small seconds hand driven by the tourbillon.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic World Time
Limited to 250 pieces and exclusively available at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques, the watch is inspired by the 1968 Memovox Polaris watch, an elegant yet sporty piece for daily wear, embodying an adventurous spirit.
The 42 mm case houses the Calibre 936A/1, a mechanical self-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre bringing a new feature to the collection: the geographic function, ideal travellers.
The Polaris Geographic WT (for “World Time”) watch invites wearers to discover the world through the 24 time zones instantly visible on a flange, which can be adjusted by the crown at 10 o’clock. For cities switching between standard and daylight saving time according to seasons, a white asterisk indicates the time with this one-hour difference.
Its smoky blue dial gives the Polaris Geographic WT watch the impression of great depth, and is decorated with three finishes: an opaline base for the city disk, a sunrayed sub-dial housing the calendar at 2 o’clock, the second time zone at 6 o’clock and the power reserve at 10 o’clock, and a grained finishing for the case back.
The day/night disk, clearly divided into two black and white sections, is instantly recognisable and indicates whether it is day or night in the local city – and therefore in the second time zone of choice. One slight, yet eye-catching detail on the disk is the small sun indicating the daytime hours – black numerals on a white background – and the little crescent moon for the night hours – white numerals on a black background.