As the SIHH 2017 International Salon for luxury watches is getting closer and closer, with an inauguration date for the 16th of January. Jaeger-LeCoultre has unveiled one of its complicated new additions, the: “Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal”.
So, after introducing the “Geophysic True Second” and the “Geophysic Universal Time”, Jaeger-LeCoultre has decided to expand their model line with this “Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time”, which is officially the first flying-tourbillon worldtimer manufactured by the JLC Swiss brand.
It seems when all other complications have been sought out and applied to a model line, the last possible enhancement can only be a: tourbillon. And even though it is a pricey addition on any watch, the trend seems far from over. TAG Heuer recently officially challenged the high price tag on this complication by releasing the most affordable tourbillon, in current circulation by any horology brand. But, besides certain Moonphases, the tourbillon is still one of the most appreciated complications to have on a timepiece.
This is only the third model by Jaeger-LeCoultre to be equipped with their Gyrolab balance equipped tourbillon. Originally conceived and first applied to the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme LAB” that was released back in 2007. Afterwards it was once again relegated to backstage of the brand’s priorities, until we saw them reappear on the “JLC Geophysic True Second” and the “JLC Universal Time”, released in 2015.
So, the new “Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal” has also been fitted with Gyrolab instead of the traditional balance wheel. The surface area on this piece was decreased by design to reduce air friction. Its iridium-platinum alloy double fork can now be clearly seen on the watches dial. While, the three-spoke tourbillon bridge on top allows for most of the assembly elements to remain exposed, thanks to the “flying tourbillon” design structure.
The 43.5mm case is made of platinum, which marks almost a 2mm increase over the “Geophysic – True Seconds & Universal Time”. But, besides its augmentation, design wise it has remained the same. A simple look that serves to frame the artful view condensed on the dial.
Time is exhibited on almost the exact dial we saw on the “JLC Geophysic Universal Time”. With a blue lacquered guilloché color scheme and a flat world map on the dial with all the continents spread out upon it and surrounded by the blue toned oceans. Except on this dial the continents are positioned in a different manner. With the American continent localized towards the right side, between the 1 and 3 o’clock positions; instead of being on the left side between the 8 and 10 o’clock positions. Also features baton-type hands with a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has also added whiter ripples in the guilloché decoration meant to represent the ocean, providing a more detailed and nuance artwork on this re-envisioned dial, which now appears to be in the midst of shifting tides. But, the biggest novelty on this new timepiece is the tourbillon bursting out of the dial map between the 3 and 6 o’clock positions and slightly cutting in to the cities ring. The hour index markers have also been eliminated and instead the inner rotating 24-hour disc features Arabic numerals, plus a sun and moon on opposite sides to indicated day or night phases, as well as another timezone.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal” is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 948, with 42 jewels, 375 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound. It also features: the aforementioned automatic tourbillon, dual timezone, AM/PM indicator and a jumping-pointer date. Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap, secured by a platinum tang buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 100 pieces manufactured.
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