Today is March 1st, also known as the day the world’s perpetual calendar owners get to show off their goods. So, in celebration of this, we’re showing you one of the slickest perpetuals to be introduced in 2015 so far.
JLC had another really strong showing at SIHH 2015, balancing the classic with the incredible. Leaning more on the side of the latter is this beauty, dubbed the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantieme Perpetual – brevity has never been a strength of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Name aside, this replica watch has a lot to offer both for the gear-heads and those who simply appreciate pure beauty. And, this replica watch is packing way more than you might imagine even at first glance.
The most striking characteristic of this new replica watch is indeed the granular blue dial, mimicking the celestial canopy. This sets the tone for the entire timepiece, which, you’ll notice at 3 o’clock, displays a perpetual moon phase. This is connected to the clever perpetual calendar system.
At 12 o’clock you will see not only the traditional perpetual indications in apertures and a dial, but also the complete zodiac calendar. The QP is powered in a clever way by the in-house tourbillon at 6 o’clock and does not have the negative effect on the power train that we’d typically find with a perpetual calendar.
Finally, all calendar and moon-phase displays are pre-programmed, meaning that one simple adjuster will advance every indication on the calendar, which, as anyone with a perpetual will tell you, is a great, great thing.
At 6 o’clock is the stunning, completely in-house tourbillon with cylindrical balance spring developed by JLC – one that they claim is absolutely peerless for chronometric performance. The entire tourbillon case is titanium, making it lighter than most and again managing power in the most effective way. You’ll also notice the dial is on two different tiers, giving the tourbillon the appearance of actually floating.
Proving this is certainly a replica watch meant to be worn, it features a 22k self-winding rotor showing a reproduction of the gold medal won by JLC at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889 for chronometric performance. The JLC Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantieme Perpetual is 42 mm in diameter, with a case of white gold. Price is set to be around $143,000. More here.