The Swiss luxury watchmaking firm Jaeger-LeCoultre presented a new addition to its Hybris Mechanica collection: the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, known to experts as Hybris Mechanica Eleven. With a sober and authoritative appearance, this remarkable watch is considered the thinnest among the current ultra-thin watches.
The case of the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is made with 18K white gold, highlighting its silver face, the Dauphine style hands and the movement of the golden wheel at sixth o’clock. This collector’s item comes complete with a handmade black alligator leather strap and 18K gold buckle. See here our luxury watch selection.
he Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is innovative in many ways. For example, six of the eight patents protecting its movement are part of the technological innovation introduced with this model by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The remarkable thinness of 7.9 mm is possible thanks to recent advances in microscopic engineering and mechanization. The Dauphine style hands are also new in this collection.
The limited internal space of 41 mm in diameter and 7.9 mm in depth is, however, sufficient to accommodate the 471 parts and 68 rubies that beat automatically with extreme precision at 21,600 vibrations per hour. The peripheral rotor system is another surprising detail in this model. We can see the rotation of the platinum rotor through the openings in the minute’s line. The circular movement of the rotor generates energy and a reserve of up to 45 hours.
Harmonizing with its compact design, the trigger for the minute repeater is embedded at 10 o’clock while the activator—at 8 o’clock--is marked with a treble clef on the dial. To achieve the best sound of its Sapphire gongs struck by trebuchet style hammers, engineers used extra white gold instead of platinum for the sound box, because of its remarkable acoustics and sound clarity. The sleek exterior lines and elegant shapes give a sober look to this spectacular watch.
The Master Jaeger LeCoultre collection incorporates the fundamental principles of the classic round timepiece, equipped with the latest technology. The Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is priced at $400.000 ■
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