At the most recent SIHH 2019, there were several noteworthy timepieces that horology aficionados got to rejoice over. But, the barrier to access for some of these impressive watches comes in the form of either a steep price-tag or highly limited production. Such is the case with the new “Jaeger-LeCoultre Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle”, for whom the bell tolls.
When it comes to creating these alarm equipped wristwatches, Jaeger-LeCoultre has produced over more than 200 chiming watch calibers, which makes them the most experienced horology manufacturer in this unique tradition. This feat alone is enough to laud their contributions in the horology industry. I recall back in 2016 we briefly reviewed a musical repeater covered also by Van Gogh art with the “Master Grande Tradition à Répétition Minutes” (Ref#: 50924E1) that you can check out here.
Other recent examples crafted by the top-notch artisans at Jaeger-LeCoultre for their “Atelier des Métiers Rares” collection include the: “Master Ultra-Thin Moon Enamel” (Ref#: Q13635E1) and “Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Enamel” (Ref#: Q13033E1), which you can click on to access a more detailed review.
Now this new musical minute repeater comes in a 43mm case for both available options and has been crafted out of 18k white gold with a sapphire exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
In total this case is made out of 80 separate hand-finished parts, polished, satin-finish or sandblasted. It has been engineered to optimize the acoustic qualities of its minute repeater.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has applied a gong architecture that takes full advantage of the three-dimensional space, which was made available by using the brand new in-house caliber 950.
This has allowed for each gong to be wrapped around the lower edges of the movement and spreading them out. So the lower pitch gongs follow a single spiral path, while the higher-pitched gongs double back on themselves resembling a tuning fork.
The case also comes equipped with a setting-crown that has been embossed with the “JL” logo. All topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet)
Time is exhibited on either a blue guilloché enamel or a white grained enamel dial, both with white gold appliqued hour index-markers, followed by a ring of railroad-motif minute index markers circling the periphery of the dial.
There are three sub-dials: a date-dial at the 3 o’clock position, a month-dial at the 6 o’clock position and a day-dial with Moonphase adorned by a blue star-studded sky at the 9 o’clock position.
It also includes a “red security zone“ which is a small aperture in the very center of the dial, that serves to remind the wearer that the calendar indications should not be adjusted between 10PM and 1AM to avoid possible damages to the movement.
Both versions come with 18k white gold recto baguette style central hands that have been fitted with a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a wide aperture window for the current year between the 7 and 8 o’clock positions.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle” (References below) is powered by the self-wing in-house mechanical movement, caliber 950 with 79 jewels, 585 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to these watches is a blue alligator strap, secured to the wrist by a white gold folding-clasp. This is a limited edition of only 30 manufactured pieces for each of these two versions. For more up to date information visit the official Jaeger-LeCoultre website here.
White dial – (Ref#: Q5233420)
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Blue dial – (Ref#: Q52334E1)
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