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Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse: Shhhh…. It’s a secret

written by Hours and Minutes Australia July 14, 2017

Behold! One of the most abstract interpretations of time. The new Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse is the newest addition to the Hybris Artistica collection and indicates time with no hands. The secret behind it…

Particularly sophisticated

What is so unique about the Hybris Artistica collection?  There is a bold expression of many talents in the form of rare handcrafts or the “Métiers Rares”. Ancestral techniques such as guilloché work, enamelling, and engraving combine with ingenious mechanical movements. It is this bespoke fusion that makes the collection worthy.

Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse

The new Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse indicates the hours and minutes with rare accuracy – but without hands. Time is drawn into the dance of a suspended orbital flying tourbillon within a finely worked dial. The hour can be read from the tourbillon’s position on the dial, while the flange disc shows the passing minutes. The watch bears the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 941, entirely designed and hand-assembled within the walls of the Manufacture.

Shhhhh……

Secret watches have always fascinated us. Here, the case and dial are ornamented in ivy leaves covered in diamonds. This limited edition of three unique pieces in white, blue, or red is an occasion for Jaeger-LeCoultre to apply the infinite talents of its Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares”, such as skeletonisation or snow-setting, a technique that was invented and developed exclusively by the Manufacture’s artisans. Add to this the absolute purity of its mother-of-pearl face, and you have a precious design that holds the mystery of time.

Hands free

A watch with no hands…that yet tells the time. The orbital flying tourbillon decorated in gilded ivy leaves takes 60 seconds to pivot on itself and 12 hours to rotate around the dial, all the while giving an accurate indication of the hour. The design of the tourbillon carriage has been revisited to form a graceful five-pointed star shape. On the flange around the dial, there is a delightfully geometrical pattern made up of tiny ivy leaves in mother-of-pearl that appears in transparency like a leitmotif. This refined trail forms the backdrop for a perfectly round precious stone – a sapphire or a ruby, depending on the model – which turns like a point of light to indicate the minutes.

High jewellery finesse

The ivy leaf is crafted with remarkable finesse in depictions from several angles. Snow-setting, a technique that originated with Jaeger-LeCoultre, has been used to entirely cloak the metal underneath. This type of setting scintillates with reflections of light like the whirl of snowflakes hinted at in its name. The case-back has an entirely hand-engraved full disc with a skeletonised finish that reproduces the hammered ivy leaf design.

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