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Jaeger-LeCoultre - Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 ‘Meteorite’

Originally introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2013 to celebrate the Maison’s 180th anniversary, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 combined its signature multi-axis tourbillon with an unusual instantaneous digital display chronograph.

This year, the brand based in Le Sentier elevates this rare and precious timepiece to a new level of artistic craftsmanship. In fact, with various elements of the dial showcasing the rare handcrafts like hand-guillochage, engraving and grand feu enamel, the new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 ‘Meteorite’ introduces the rarely seen craft of meteorite inlay.


On the dial side, the geometric markings of the silvery-grey meteorite are complemented by the subtle glitter of deep blue aventurine and the glow of white grand feu enamel.

The beautiful combination of materials, colour and surface pattern is framed by a 43.5 mm round case in the warm tones of pink gold. The thickness of the sculpted case is 15.8 mm.


Found in Namibia, the Gibeon meteorite chosen for this watch is an iron-nickel alloy with an octahedrite crystal structure, formed by the cooling of the asteroid fragment in outer space over the course of billions of years.

The geometric patterns of the intersecting crystal structures shimmer gently when the material catches the light, their irregular arrangement making every slice of meteorite subtly different from all others.

In addition to the meteorite inlaid on the German silver bridges, a disc of meteorite sits at the centre of the time display dial, surrounded by a ring of aventurine with applied indexes.


On the chronograph display, an aventurine disc is encircled by a ring of white grand feu enamel, marked with elapsed seconds. The Day/Night display comprises a 24-hour plate on which two gold semi-circles are applied, one each for day and night. The white day section is decorated with hand-guilloché, hand-engraved sunrays and an applied polished pink gold sun; the night section features applied polished pink gold crescent moon and stars, set on a rich blue background.

The dial has a three-dimensional architecture that invites to exploration providing glimpses of the movement. The eye is inevitably drawn to the mesmerising movement of the tourbillon, which spins in space apparently with no support.


This multi-axis tourbillon comprises two cages, respectively rotating in one minute and 24 seconds (meaning 2.5 times a minute) in opposite directions, with a blued spherical balance spring beating like a heart in their centre. In the absence of a tourbillon bridge, the cantilevered all-aluminium cages of Gyrotourbillon 3 appear to be suspended in space.


Beating at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, the hand-wound calibre 176, incorporates a fully integrated chronograph, which displays the seconds on a traditional round dial and elapsed minutes on an instantaneously jumping digital counter.

The new Jaeger-LeCultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 ‘Meteorite’ Ref. Q5032441 is a limited edition of 8 pieces with an indicative  price of Euro 560,000. jaeger-lecoultre.com

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