When the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Gyrotourbillon I made its debut in 2005, the complication demonstrated the brand’s dedication to pushing the limits of precision watchmaking.
The Master Gyrotourbillon 1 is the first tourbillon that effectively counters the effect of gravity in any position, whether vertical or horizontal. Crafted in 3-dimensions, the Gyrotourbillon is a completely new design and is the result of tireless creativity, propelled by advancements in technology and design capabilities.
While the gyrotourbillon complication is seen with more frequency now, Jaeger-LeCoultre pioneered the concept and the Master Gyrotourbillon I can rightfully claim its place as the first multi-axis tourbillon, cementing the brand’s reputation as the movement manufacture of choice for several brands in the world of haute horlogerie.
Moving away from using the stainless steel traditionally used for tourbillons, Jaeger-LeCoultre employed ultra-light aluminium in creating the Gyrotourbillon. The use of aluminium, resulting in a very light tourbillon can be credited with the negligible loss of energy by the Master Gyrotourbillon I, making it accurate up to +/- 1 second in a day.
The aesthetic of the Master Gyrotourbillon I is enhanced by the mechanism of the balance-spring which contracts and expands as it powers the masterpiece created by the maison’s most accomplished artisans. Renowned throughout the world as a watchmaker with an exceptional eye for design and beauty, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise in the area of gemsetting is also visible on the striking black onyx dial of the Master Tourbillon I.
In addition to the revolutionary multi-axis tourbillon, the Master Gyrotourbillon I features a perpetual calendar with an equation of time visible on the dial, and the 8-day power reserve visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. Jaeger LeCoultre’s exceptional watchmaking skill is evident in the placement of elements on the dial, which presents a picture of organized balance, with the multi-axis tourbillon subtly stealing the limelight.
A one-of-a kind exclusive piece, the Master Gyrotourbillon I in platinum and set with 477 baguette-cut diamonds on the 45mm case, dial and bracelet, weighing a total of 60.2 carats. The use of baguettes instead of brilliant-cut diamonds enhances the subtle beauty of the precious stones. Not for the faint of heart, this timepiece with a price tag of €1,380,000 will be a prized addition to whichever collection it graces.