In 1907, Jaeger-LeCoultre created a timepiece that established the brand’s watchmaking qualities. In the same year, Parisian businessman Edmond Jaeger and Swiss watchmaker Jacques-David LeCoultre collaborated to create the world’s thinnest pocket watch. The elegant appearance and exquisite craftsmanship of this pocket watch can only be achieved by a watch factory that brings together all watchmaking techniques under the same roof. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre launches the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, the Hybris Mechanica Eleven, with its eleventh masterpiece of the Hybrid Mechanica series and the Grand Complication The first ultra-thin watch confirms the brand’s vision for future fine watchmaking.
’11’ represents invention innovation and exceeding expectations! Hybris Mechanica Eleven: a new generation of ultra-thin ultra-thin watches.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Questioned Flying Tourbillon Ultra-Thin Master Series Watch (Limited to 75)
The Jaeger-LeCoultre watch factory team consists of a group of forward-looking and tireless developers. That’s why the Master Ultra Thin Jubilee commemorative watch was launched just one year ago, and the true pioneer in this superbly complex watch field came out-it is known for a series of technological achievements that will surely inspire The imagination of connoisseurs of fine watches. This is indeed the case! The Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is inspired by the study of the complication of two iconic timepieces and has become the thinnest minute repeater in its class with a thickness of 7.9 mm. Watch.
This watch has seven patented designs, six of which are brand new. The two keywords of ‘innovation and excellence’ and ‘excellent performance’ dominated the entire development process, and successfully achieved the ultimate slimness without compromising its reliable performance, which is the subtlety that made this new work a model for watches.
This watch is equipped with an innovative tourbillon, a high-performance new balance spring, a peripheral automatic winding system, a retractable single button, and a new minute repeater with a ‘quiet time’ reduction system. The Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces are new, and this new masterpiece undoubtedly consolidates Jaeger-LeCoultre’s leadership in the field of timepieces and continues to reflect Jaeger-LeCoultre’s pursuit of excellence and exceeding limits.
Tourbillon born for the needs of ultra-thin watches
Traditional tourbillons often obscure certain components, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch factory aims to give a clear view of the center of the watch. For this reason, Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmakers have developed a new tourbillon and patented it. The watch is equipped with a world’s first flying tourbillon with a flying balance wheel. This technological innovation allows the movement of the balance wheel and hairspring to be seen from multiple angles. The regularly oscillating balance wheel and the hairspring fixed on the balance wheel in a special layout are dazzling. With amazing creativity, watchmakers not only make the structure of the watch lively and interesting, but also make the watch thinner.
To achieve these developments, the watchmaker needs to rethink the adjustment mechanism and develop a new balance spring hand-made by a complex-function watchmaking workshop. And all the characteristics of this new type of tourbillon are to achieve ultimate precision as the ultimate goal, which is also the ultimate goal of the watchmaking industry!
The built-in tourbillon blends the brand’s tradition and professional technology, making the perfect technology and advantages of Jaeger-LeCoultre to the fullest. However, in the manufacture of this outstanding timepiece, in addition to art and science, the entire process also reflects the adventurous spirit of mankind facing various tests. Faced with these difficulties, watchmakers in watch factories take pride in conquest. Each extraordinary tourbillon demonstrates the brand’s unremitting commitment and outstanding watchmaking talents to the collectors of Jaeger-LeCoultre movements.
Efficient automatic winding system
The watch factory strives to optimize components, and has conceived and developed an automatic winding system that combines extraordinary concepts with excellent performance. In order to achieve an unprecedented ultra-thin size in the largest space, the winding system is controlled by an outer oscillating weight with platinum components, which is clearly visible through the small window on the dial. As the wrist of the watch wearer moves, the platinum rotor rotates around the dial, winding the mainspring. A ceramic ball bearing specially developed for this system holds it firmly. It is extremely efficient and can move freely in any direction. It can wind the movement when rotated clockwise. The outstanding integration performance makes this pendulum extremely sculptural, showing its pure essence, making it a beautiful watch component, making the watch more vivid and picturesque.
Beating minute repeater
Timepieces always have a place in the horological kingdom. For watchmakers seeking pure tone, the most regular melody, and timeless precision and reliability, timepieces can be a daunting challenge.
The extraordinary complexity of the minute repeater device makes it the supreme example of watchmaking success. In 1870, the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch factory in Rugu Valley decided to develop a timepiece movement, so it began to transform this ancient art, giving it unparalleled precision and reliability through the perfect combination of handmade and mechanical processing. So far, the watch factory has designed and produced more than 200 movements equipped with the minute repeater, and the minute repeater has therefore become one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s favorite themes. The watch factory explores this sophisticated and complex function and continues to introduce new ideas. This watch is based on a new concept: reimagining and manufacturing the minute repeater movement and achieving an ultra-thin design.
Minute repeater can perform hour, quarter clock and minute repeaters as required. If you don’t need a clock, there will be a long ‘silent time interval’ between the hour and minute. This kind of sound interval often appears during the time reporting. If there is no quarter report, the silence is particularly obvious. To solve this problem, Jaeger-LeCoultre developed a system that can reduce this ‘silent time span’. This system will eliminate the obvious pause between hour and minute time signal once it is detected that no clock is required. In this way, accurate treble and bass can be seamlessly connected in accordance with the established method, without affecting the rhythm.
Top watchmaking craftsmanship for pure sound
The birth of the Hybris Mechanica Eleven watch relies on the development experience of two previous extraordinary models. In order to achieve perfect pure sound quality, among various components of sound wave propagation, the propagation speed of the gong during vibration must be faster than that of the gong itself. Sapphire has this characteristic. In 2005, the watchmaker of the watch factory designed a system that directly mounted the crystal reed of the Master Minute Repeater series watch under the sapphire crystal to transmit vibration. Four years later, the Hybrid Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie is launched. It replaces the traditional hammer with a ‘trebuchet’ hammer, which allows the gong to obtain the best energy transfer. The eleventh Hybridis Mechanica watch is equipped with two patented ‘trebuchet’ sound hammers, which strike two crystal gongs fixed to the sapphire crystal glass to produce a more powerful and transparent musical sound. This design can enhance the sound expansion effect.
And the traditional structure of this minute repeater timepiece has also made the fine watch connoisseurs, for example, it follows the characteristics of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s historical models, using two symmetrically configured hammers.
This watch bears witness to the tireless commitment of watchmakers at Jaeger-LeCoultre. To achieve the highest standards, they worked hard to develop special devices such as speakers. Every watchmaker strives for perfection, and they adhere to it just to ensure that the time tone sounds harmonious and moving.
This minute repeater starts with a single retractable button. The watch factory has applied for a patent for this button, which keeps the watch pure and beautiful while slimmer. The watch is equipped with a precise locking system at 8 o’clock. After activating this system, the button will trigger the minute repeater. When the minute repeater system starts to operate, the button will return to its initial embedded position, so that the watch’s streamlined appearance is still the same, showing elegance and charm.
The retractable single button is meticulous, exquisite in design, and easy to operate. It is undoubtedly a technical feat, but its advantages do not stop there. The traditional minute repeater timing device is activated by a slider, and its travel distance varies depending on the length of the alarm. This single button ensures a constant stroke of 2 mm, enough to tighten the barrel and activate the minute repeater function.
Every detail shows a strong aesthetic style
The Hybris Mechanica Eleven watch blends historical inspiration with cutting-edge technology. Its elegant shape is taken from the design of pocket watches in the early 20th century, reshaping the cultural tradition before the watch became popular. The design of the watch is elegant, every detail has its subtlety, and meets two equally important principles: shaping the aesthetic form, while ensuring that the watch runs smoothly.
The watch’s new case design is derived from a ‘knife’ pocket watch created in 1907, with an ultra-thin movement built into it. Surprisingly, the watch is 41 mm in diameter and only 7.9 mm thick (including the crystal glass). Among the wide range of precious metals, platinum has outstanding sound quality characteristics, so watchmakers use platinum to make their cases. In addition, the watch’s bezel, side and conical lugs are all polished by hand.
This watch pays tribute to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s historical pocket watches in three distinctive styles: hour-markers, traditional black pad-printed minute ring and grained silver-plated surface. The watch is equipped with a new slender crown-like pointer, and its meticulous polishing and grained surface decoration make the watch’s overall appearance more harmonious. The 6 o’clock position window vividly presents the new ultra-thin tourbillon, and the small window on the outer ring of the dial allows you to observe the continuously sculpted platinum oscillating weight.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmaker has worked hard to carefully polish this 4.8mm self-winding mechanical movement and its delicate details. The basic movement and bridge are made of German silver, which makes one recall the noble tradition of Jaeger-LeCoultre pocket watches, and witness the glory of time passing through the cold and summer.
Details of fine watchmaking, including the Côtes de Genève on specific watch bridges, are all handmade. The chamfering of the inner corners of some of these parts is delicate and exquisite, which highlights the ideals that the watch factory is pursuing and the pursuit of extreme excellence.
The engraved reed base is welded under the sapphire crystal glass to make a point for this musically rich timepiece.
Limited to 75 Hybris Mechanica Eleven watches, it has a Jaeger-LeCoultre 362 movement with a power reserve of up to 45 hours. It is made of 18K ultra-white white gold with a crocodile leather strap and white gold pin buckle.
The complex features of the Hybris Mechanica Eleven watch are astounding, quietly heralding the upcoming Hybrids Artistica watch, which will integrate the most technical and creative artistic skills into 180 different watchmaking craftsmanship in.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s tradition has provided endless inspiration to watch factories, allowing them to keep improving, break through the traditional boundaries, and create avant-garde and innovative timepieces. With such a strong conviction, this watch has given Jaeger-LeCoultre a leading position in ultra-thin watchmaking and superb complications.