During the course of an exceptional evening with the accent firmly on precision, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled its new Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle in a limited edition series. This second chapter under the theme “The Art of Precision” was unveiled for 2019 in Japan. It’s no accident that the Manufacture elected to set the event in the impressive city of Kyoto, known for its special atmosphere, beautiful architecture, and finely wrought craftsmanship that relies on precision in action.
Home of the Art of Precision
This event provided a unique opportunity to discover the powerful bond linking Japan’s former Imperial capital to the Grande Maison, uniting them around a common preoccupation with precision. For Jaeger- LeCoultre, this ceaseless quest ranges from the technical precision of a movement – intended to tell the time, as well as giving more complex indications – to the precision of the strictly controlled gestures and artistic rigour of the 180 specialised trades and Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares®” perpetuated by our artisans under one roof. The Japanese arts have strived to meet this calling and challenge for centuries, with the same rigour and extreme attention to detail.
A living, vibrant testimony
The evening showcased some of the most highly regarded watchmaking skills and applied art techniques in the world, mastered by Japanese Living National Treasure artists: Mr. Kiju Fukuda, Mr. Kenji Suda and Mr. Kazuo Yamagishi. Alongside these artists were two Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmaker and enameller artisans, who travelled from the Vallée de Joux especially for the event. Not only watchmaking precision, but also enamelling – a centuries-old decorative technique reintroduced at the Manufacture in 1999 – drew parallels with the secrets of Japanese embroidery and marquetry, skills that were presented along with a number of rare and precious objects. Guests got a fascinating insight into genuine works of art which, like Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, require many hours, if not months, to craft.
The power and beauty of extreme precision
A similarly exacting degree of precision gave rise to the new limited edition watch that the Manufacture is honoured to present to you in an exclusive preview, the Master Grande Tradition Répétition Minutes Perpétuelle. Drawing inspiration from the aesthetic codes of the celebrated Master Grande Tradition Collection, this new masterpiece confirms Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise in the field of chiming watches. Its innovative gong system was designed to reproduce the idealised chime made by antique chiming pocket watches, with a rich acoustic clarity rarely attained in Grand Complication watches. Housed in a highly compact (13.72 mm) white gold case that optimises the wearer’s experience, this exceptional timepiece represents the next generation of chime-related innovation, both in terms of mechanical innovation and miniature decorative arts. The truth of this is evident from just one glance at the two dial
variations available for this watch – one a neoclassical silver-grained dial and the other a deep blue translucent guilloché enamel dial.
Under the bright night-time lights of Kyoto, city of art and history, Jaeger-LeCoultre had the immense pleasure of paying homage yet again to the precision that has guided every gesture of its master watchmakers and artisans since 1833. This precision in both technique and aesthetics mirrors that same rigour that has been practised for thousands of years in Kyoto – a city of particularly emblematic status in Japan, that is highly esteemed by lovers of beautiful objects and heritage pieces.