JAEGER-LECOULTRE. A VERY FINE, EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION SEMI-SKELETONISED SPHERICAL TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH SINGLE BUTTON DIGITAL INSTANT CHRONOGRAPH, DAY/NIGHT INDICATOR AND AVENTURINE SUB-DIAL
JAEGER-LECOULTRE. A VERY FINE, EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION SEMI-SKELETONISED SPHERICAL TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH SINGLE BUTTON DIGITAL INSTANT CHRONOGRAPH, DAY/NIGHT INDICATOR AND AVENTURINE SUB-DIAL
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JAEGER-LECOULTRE. A VERY FINE, EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION SEMI-SKELETONISED SPHERICAL TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH SINGLE BUTTON DIGITAL INSTANT CHRONOGRAPH, DAY/NIGHT INDICATOR AND AVENTURINE SUB-DIAL

SIGNED JAEGER-LECOULTRE, GYROTOURBILLON 3 MODEL, NO. 3/8, REF. 185.3.08.S, CASE NO. 2’967’086, CIRCA 2016

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE. A VERY FINE, EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE 18K WHITE GOLD AND BAGUETTE-CUT DIAMOND-SET LIMITED EDITION SEMI-SKELETONISED SPHERICAL TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH SINGLE BUTTON DIGITAL INSTANT CHRONOGRAPH, DAY/NIGHT INDICATOR AND AVENTURINE SUB-DIAL
SIGNED JAEGER-LECOULTRE, GYROTOURBILLON 3 MODEL, NO. 3/8, REF. 185.3.08.S, CASE NO. 2’967’086, CIRCA 2016
Movement: Cal. 176, manual, 88 jewels, signed
Dial: Aperture for spherical tourbillon carriage, aventurine sub-dial with digital minute display, signed
Case: Glazed display back secured by 4 screws, 43 mm. diam., signed
With: 18k white gold and diamond-set Jaeger-LeCoultre deployant clasp
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Lot Essay

At SIHH 2013, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled one of its most technologically advanced masterpieces to great acclaim – the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 (platinum, and limited to 75 pieces). Three years later, at that very same fair, the Grande Maison further unveiled an even more exclusive edition of this watch, gem-set and limited to 8 pieces. The present example, is the third of these eight pieces and is therefore incredibly prized as an extremely rare example of horology at the pinnacle of innovation.

A ‘first’ for watch-making, this particular ‘grande complication’ features an instantaneous digital-display chronograph (at 9 o’clock), as well as a day-night indicator (at 3 o’clock). Further setting the watch apart from all others, however, is the spherical flying gyrotourbillon at 6 o’clock, which lacks an upper bridge and therefore seems to float in space next to the aventurine subdial. The gyrotourbillon consists of two aluminium carriages (through which the blueish-coloured spherical balance spring is visible), respectively rotating 2.5 times a minute.

Aesthetically speaking, the present example is made from white gold, coupled with a silvered dial. Further adding to the luxurious appeal of this watch are roughly 101 diamonds (of about 6 carats in total) inlaid into the bezel, crown, buckle and lugs of the watch. This watch celebrates the 180th anniversary of one of the most well-established watchmakers in the world, and is therefore aptly inspired by its 19th century pocket watches. It is an essential addition for anyone looking to own a piece of the Manufacture’s long history.

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