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Jaeger-LeCoultre Launch New Gyrotourbillon Watch

By Paul Joseph

First launched in 2004, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Gyrotourbillon timepiece rapidly became one of the Swiss brand’s most popular horological creations.

During the interim years, the watchmaker has unveiled several iterations, including the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 that came out in 2013 to mark the brand’s 180th anniversary.

Now Jaeger-LeCoultre has revealed perhaps its most impressive Gyrotourbillon yet, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Meteorite, combining mechanical sophistication with the beauty of fired enamel, meteorite, and aventurine.

The timepiece has a double-axis tourbillon along with a single-button chronograph with a digital, instantaneous 60-minute counter as well as a day and night display.

The sub-dial for the time at 12 o’clock features a meteorite inlay ringed by an aventurine glass chapter ring. Additionally, meteorite panels sourced from the Gibeon meteorite found in Namibia are inlaid on the movement bridges on the front, as well as on the back.

The Day/Night display comprises a 24-hour plate on which two gold semi-circles are applied, one each for day and night. The white day section is decorated with hand-guilloché, hand-engraved sunrays and an applied polished pink gold sun, while the night section features applied polished pink gold crescent moon and stars, set on a rich blue background.

The Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Meteorite is limited to just eight examples and is priced at around $550,000.

By Paul Joseph