Flash news: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 Jours SQ

By Thierry Ané on February 20, 2014

Jaeger-LeCoultre has just unveiled the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 Jours SQ. Inspired by a historical Grande Complication pocket watch from 1928, this limited edition model will be produced in a series of 200 pieces.

The inspiration for this new watch

With this stunning timepiece the brand offers another demonstration of its immense horological know-how and its impressive decorating skills. From highly complex watchmaking to openworking to engraving and to enamelling, there is not a single domain of Haute Horology that the brand did not explore to create this model.

The watch is powered by a skeletonized version of the JLC 876 calibre originally introduced in 2004 and that was already used in skeletonized form with the Master 8 Days Perpetual Skeleton 1833 in 2008 or with the Master 8 Days Perpetual Skeleton Platinum in 2011.

Functions galore

With a power reserve of 8 days, this manually-wound perpetual calendar movement displays the time, the date, the day of the week and the month by hands. It also features a two-digit year indication if you manage to decipher it, a day-night indicator and a sectorial power reserve. Lastly, the brand included its safety indicator that lets you know when it is not safe to set the calendar functions.

For this new rendition, the movement was stripped of any superfluous metal part and carefully engraved. The different sub-dials received a silver grained finish and the flange on both sides of the watch has been chiselled by hand before receiving blue translucent Grand Feu enamel using the champlevé method.

This extremely refined movement has been placed in a classically designed 42 mm white gold case completed by a black alligator strap and a pin white gold buckle.

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