At this year’s SIHH 2010 event the Swiss watch maker has introduced a number of wristwatches designed for the most beautiful part of human kind. Among the new offerings, is an absolutely gorgeous (I know the word is rapidly loosing its value, but the adjective seems to be the most appropriate in this particular instance) Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Lady Tourbillon Feathers that looks the most appealing thanks to its innovative dial design that includes, well, pieces of real feathers.
I am not the greatest expert on ladies watches, so, to make the experiment more scientifically correct, I showed pictures of this little piece of expensive gadget to my wife. Friends, what a terrible mistake it was!
Although clearly preferring watches from 12 mm to 20 mm in diameter, she absolutely fell in love with this model, which is presented in an oversized, but very slim, rose gold (Ref. 3412401) or white gold (Ref. 3413401) body whole 39 millimeters in diameter.
After all, it is that rare example where a larger case serves a certain purpose. Featuring a painstakingly crafted tourbillon carriage with mirror-polished bridge and tiny blued screws, as well as sporting an extremely refined decor of its face, the finely crafted dial of the timepiece demands a greater dial opening for us to fully appreciate its beauty.
The new watch is animated by the relatively new (it was unveiled about three years ago) JLC Cailbre 978 self-winding base movement.
Crafted totally in-house and sporting a tourbillon escapement, which is clearly visible at 6 o’clock, this Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Lady Tourbillon Feathers still doesn’t look overly complicated. Well, it is quite a complex mechanism, but it was designed to look as understated as possible in order not to rival the beauty of the timekeeper.
Unlike many other watches that are designed for men who are constantly obsessed with bridges and levers and planetary gears, this one features a tourbillon carriage that doesn’t intimidate you with its technical sophistication, but rather entertains with its dozens of diamonds set in the sub-dial rim, blued screws and meticulously crafted parts.
Of course, featuring numerous mother-of-pearl inserts that look like an Art deco representation of Manhattan skyline, real feathers (omg!) and about half a pound of diamonds, this one is a pricey gadget and is certainly not among the most affordable gift ideas for the Valentines Day, which is rushing on us with a terrifying speed of a MagLev train.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Lady Tourbillon Feathers watch specification
Price range: $145,200 (MSRP, ref. 3413401 in white gold)
Movement: JLC Calibre 978, automatic, 302 parts, 33 jewels, 28,800 vph, in-house, 7.05 mm high, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds (tourbillon)
Complications: Tourbillon regulator
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: 18-carat pink gold (Ref. 3412401) or 18-carat white gold (Ref. 3413401)
Bezel material: 18-carat pink gold (Ref. 3412401) or 18-carat white gold (Ref. 3413401) studded with 315 and 341 diamonds respectively
Case shape: Round
Transparent case back: Yes, sapphire crystal caseback
Case size: 39.00 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Mother or pearl, feathers and diamonds
Hands: White or pink gold
Strap: Satin, alligator leather with gold folding clasp
Water resistance: 50 meters