Jaeger-LeCoultre to showcase its Hybris Artistica Collection in London
Swiss luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre will exhibit its Hybris Artistica Collection at the 2014 edition of Masterpiece 2014, the London fine art fair. Jaeger-LeCoultre will be showing 12 outstanding timepieces. Here is a selection of the timepieces on show:
Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie, the most complicated watch in the world, which strikes the hours to the chimes of Big Ben, keeps time perpetually and flies with a tourbillon, has been revisited for Hybris Artistica with a rock crystal dial to allow voyeurs an exclusive view of its movement.
Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Pocket Watch, the first time a spherical tourbillon has ever been incorporated into a pocket watch of blue enamel on the bezel, a grainy hand-chiselled dial and pure-white enamel counters, two gold curtains part at 6 o’clock to highlight the magical tourbillon.
Rendez-Vous Tourbillon haute-joaillerie watch has been wrapped in a coat of baguette and brilliant diamonds using the Rock-Setting technique, which hides the underlying metal supports.
Atmos table clock, which draws its energy from variations in temperature, is presented in an Art Nouveau case ornamented with enamel and wood marquetry. The clock itself, with its enamel hour and minute discs, displays an unusual Moon phase counter with diamond stars, a white gold moon and Indian rosewood. The lateral marquetry doors are hand-painted with miniature enamel reproductions of Alphonse Mucha’s 1896 allegories of Spring and Autumn.
For ladies, the Reverso Cordonnet Neva is a brilliant interpretation of a 1930s Reverso model that was fastened to the wrist with a cord bracelet. As the inventor of the snow-setting technique, the case, dial and bracelet have been blanketed with diamonds of varying diameters to recreate the beauty of a snow flurry. The undulating white gold patterns, which run across the dial and caseback, represent the Neva river in winter.
Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 was a horologist’s fantasy: a grand complication come true. For the Hybris Artistica collection, the watch has been cased in tantalum metal. Hard to work and resistant to corrosion, tantalum has a dark grey colour and blue lustre that lends the watch a contemporary, masculine appeal.
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The Masterpiece Fair in London runs June-2 July 2014.