Today we have for you an early glance at the 11th piece of haute horology in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hybris Mechanica collection, the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon. While the most recent couple of years Hybris Mechanica has been more focused on three-dimensional complications (like the Gyrotourbillon 3 , for example), this section into the collection is the primary super slight Grand Complication from Jaeger-LeCoultre. The whole package comes in at simply 7.9mm thick with a 41mm case distance across. In those close quarters you have a 471-section in-house development that unites a flying tourbillon and a moment repeater.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Hybris Mechanica Eleven is the extents of the case. At 7.9mm thick and 41mm across with short curved hauls, the watch looks well proportioned. It’s slender without going excessively dainty and everything appears to be nicely balanced. The grained silver dial is brilliant and open and the white gold dauphine hands look classic and downplayed. White gold was chosen over the more precious platinum for the case here because it has better acoustics for the moment repeater, especially in these little case dimensions.
Now for the complications. To start with, there is the super slim tourbillon noticeable down at 6 o’clock through the opening in the dial. You’ll notice how outwardly clear and open this tourbillon is, which is achieved through the combination of a flying tourbillon and a flying balance wheel. This implies fewer components disrupting the general flow, giving you a view straight through the development. A new balance spring must be created to make this construction conceivable, however between different spherical and conical springs, Jaeger-LeCoultre has a ton of experience here. The whole Caliber 362 development, with tourbillon, is just 4.8mm thick.
In expansion to the flying tourbillon, there is likewise brief repeater in Hybris Mechanica Eleven. As you would expect, the repeater in this super slender must be designed from the beginning and Jaeger-LeCoultre accepted this as an open door to change some different aspects of the moment repeater too. First is the beat of the chimes. Typically, if no quarter hours are being struck, there will be a delay between the chimes for the hours and the chimes for the single minutes. However, this repeater “knows” when there are no quarters and reduces this delay, keeping an all the more even beat all through the sequence.
Additionally, the activator for the moment repeater is somewhat non-conventional. Ordinarily there is a slide along the caseband, however to reduce the profile of Hybris Mechanica Eleven, Jaeger-LeCoultre went with a press button all things being equal. This catch is recessed into the case at 10 o’clock and can be conveyed on command with a little slide at 8 o’clock (set apart by a high pitch clef on the dial). This is an absolutely new activation framework briefly repeater and one that we’re exceptionally excited to go after ourselves at SIHH.
As if this wasn’t sufficient, the actual repeater utilizes sapphire gongs mounted to the back crystal, a technology originally created by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2005. There are two of these gongs and they are struck by trebuchet-style pounds rather than customary mallets, communicating a more grounded motivation to achieve better solid. We don’t yet have any images of these sledges, yet Jaeger-LeCoultre describes them as being classical and symmetrical in appearance.
Finally, there is the winding framework. You may expect a watch like this to be physically wound, however Jaeger-LeCoultre figured out how to pack in another technological prosper with a fringe rotor. You can see the platinum rotor turn through the dial gaps inside the minutes track, charging up the 45-hour power save. Ceramic metal balls keep the rotor quiet and guarantee balance rotation.
If you have any questions about the technical advancement present in this watch, it contains mechanisms covered by eight diverse Jaeger-LeCoultre licenses, six of which were petitioned for mechanisms grew specifically for this watch.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is restricted to just 75 pieces in 18k white gold. Pricing information has not yet been announced, yet we will refresh this story when this becomes accessible. For additional, visit Jaeger-LeCoultre .