Jaeger LeCoultre Creates Métiers Rares Timepieces

By Paul Joseph

Swiss luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has created a series of new limited edition timepieces billed as reflecting the craftsmanship of the company’s Rare Crafts Atelier.

The Métiers Rares (‘rare handicrafts’) watches include a limited edition 39mm Master Grande Tradition à Répétition Minutes, which showcases on its dial a miniature painting that evokes the famous Van Gogh artwork ‘Starry Night’.

Notable features include Calibre 942 automatic movement with a minute repeater and two patented trebuchet hammers that strike sharply against a crystal gong.

The second watch in the new range is the 43mm Master Grand Tourbillion Enamel, which, as the name suggests, comes with a paillonné enamel dial that has gold specks decorating the deep blue backdrop.

The tiny sparkles are cut out of silver and yellow gold leaf, while 302 parts and a Calibre 978 automatic movement make up the watch. It is also equipped with an ultra-light titanium tourbillon and a 45-hour power reserve.

The final piece in the range is the Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 Jours SQ, which brings together the art of engraving, skeleton-working and enameling. It comes with an impressive 8-day power reserve and a hand-wound Calibre 8765Q.

Founded in 1937, Jaeger-LeCoultre has grown to become one of the world’s most renowned makers of luxury watches.

By Paul Joseph