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SIHH 2015 - The Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital by Jaeger-LeCoultre

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January 2015


In tribute to the heavens, the Manufacture has equipped it with an orbital tourbillon whose slow and fascinating movements create constantly surprising effects.

The Dial
The dial of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital is a theatre, in the literal sense of the term, since it features precisely such a configuration, interpreted in a classical manner inspired by ancient Greece.
It is also the ‘play’, staged and performed for the delight of its wearer. Interpreting the attractively multi-levelled design of amphitheatres and the resulting depth effect on a watch dial is a challenge in itself.

On this model, the brand’s artisans have devised a pyramid-style gemsetting technique in which the baguette-cut diamonds are arranged in such a way as to create a volume that unfurls like a dainty corolla, causing the depth effects to heighten the dancing sparkle of the precious stones.
Even more surprisingly, the kinetics of the reflections varies according to the time of day and the diamonds’ angle of exposure to the light.

Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital by Jaeger-LeCoultre

The Tourbillon
On the dial with its sunburst motif, rays of light converge so as to focus attention on the crowning glory of this model: the orbital tourbillon, towards which the eye is naturally guided, before lingering on the construction.

The tourbillon of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital reproduces the movement of the earth, which makes a complete turn on its axis and in relation to the vernal point in 23 hours, 56 seconds and four seconds – namely a full sidereal day.
Each new look at the watch reveals a new surprise. The dial has moved slightly and the diamond rays are pointing to the new tourbillon, which has taken up a new position.

Light & Gemsetting
The gemsetting of the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Orbital is an invitation to embark on an authentic sensorial journey.
Whatever angle it is viewed from, this high-intensity model sends sparks of light flying in all directions. The gemsetter has dealt with each surface of the watch as individual areas to be discovered and enjoyed.
The gaze is first caught and held by the three-dimensional gemsetting on the dial. Then the hand takes over. Gliding over the edge of the dial and bezel, fingers gently caress the path of the two rows of baguette-cut diamonds. As the hand moves down along the sides of the watch, across the gemset lugs and on to the crown with its own precious profile.

Source: Jaeger-LeCoultre