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Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2

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The ethereal revolutions of the spherical tourbillon

within a swivelling case

After the stunning revelation of the Gyrotourbillon I, Jaeger-LeCoultre is offering the

spherical tourbillon a new stage-setting worthy of its technically innovative nature: the

swivelling case of the Reverso. Presented in a decorative expression inspired by the finest

Haute Horlogerie achievements, this extraordinary watch mechanism overturns longestablished

principles, since it represents the first time that a wristwatch houses a cylindershaped

balance-spring. Representing a splendid approach to the quest for absolute precision,

the three-dimensional motion of the spherical tourbillon fascinates observers by the

exceptional speed of rotation of its two carriages, with the inner one completing a full turn

in 18.75 seconds, while the outer one performs a more conventional one-minute turn.

Universally acclaimed at the time of its launch barely four years ago, this revolution in the

tourbillon world now finds an entirely natural aesthetic expression in the Reverso, with its

distinctive shape that further highlights the absolute beauty of this peerless technical

accomplishment.

When the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre first unveiled this avant-garde innovation in 2004, the

Gyrotourbillon I took the watch industry by storm as the first-ever spherical tourbillon.

Composed of two carriages mounted on axes set at a 90° angle, this horological microcosm is

still the only mechanical device enabling a wristwatch to break completely free from the

detrimental effects of gravity on its timekeeping precision.

A new spherical tourbillon

Embodying a mechanical marvel in its own right, the spherical tourbillon and the hundred or so

parts composing it exercise an irresistible fascination by the complexity, speed and beauty of its

three-dimensional motion. Eager to enliven still further the entrancing vision provided by this

unparalleled watch mechanism, the designers of the Manufacture decided to enhance its already

remarkable visual appeal by adding a touch of colour. To achieve this, they suggested that the

technicians perform a daring thermal treatment on one of the most delicate parts of the

mechanism, the now famous cylindrical balance-spring with end curves, in order to give it a

bluish tint similar to that of the hour, minute and power-reserve hands. And since Jaeger-

LeCoultre's choices are always simultaneously dictated by both functional and aesthetic criteria,

the arms of the balance were meticulously open-worked to create a slender elegance that also

implies a considerable reduction in weight.

2 following paragraphs (The barrel…. and The extraordinary….) are taken out here and used

later in the text

A key feature of the Gyrotourbilon 2: the cylindrical balance-spring with end curves

The second version of the Gyrotourbillon is distinguished by an essential organ: the presence of

a cylinder-shaped balance-spring with end curves. This component was invented by English

watchmaker John Arnold, who had it patented in 1782. Due to the complexity involved in its

production and the difficulties implied by attempts to miniaturise it, this ingenious discovery

which guarantees a regular and perfectly isochronous development of the balance-spring was

reserved exclusively for marine chronometers and a few generously sized pocket-watches. It

thus appeared doomed never to drive a wristworn mechanism. Innovative watchmakers chafed

at this regrettable situation, since its rating characteristics are unanimously considered to be

infinitely better than those of a flat balance-spring.

Nonetheless, all obstacles and pitfalls, however insurmountable they might appear, inevitably

spur the engineers and watchmakers of the Manufacture to decisive action. The latter were able

to grasp the opportunity represented by the spherical tourbillon and to present a cylindrical

balance-spring nestling at the heart of a wristwatch. Combined with the specific advantages of

the spherical tourbillon, this innovation represents a breakthrough in the field of accuracy and

paves the way for a level of rating precision that is simply unprecedented on a timepiece

designed to follow its wearer's arm movements.

The extraordinary complexity of the spherical tourbillon

Embodying a major step forward in the history of mechanical horology, the spherical tourbillon

offers wristwatches the same advantages that the classic Breguet tourbillon had brought to

pocket-watches. Since the late 18th century, the tourbillon mechanism has freed watch

movements from the influence of gravity on the regulating organ and its adverse effects on

precision. This prodigiously designed mechanism serves its true purpose in a pocket-watch,

which generally sits upright in a waistcoat pocket. However, the usefulness of a traditional

tourbillon is far less obvious in a wristwatch, which is usually worn in a horizontal position. This

particular situation requires the watchmaker to perform adjustments in several positions in

order to determine a satisfactory average rate.

Through its conception and its construction built on two axes set at a 90° angle, the spherical

tourbillon is the only device that compensates for the effects of gravity in all positions.

Nonetheless, actually producing it called for the use of ultra-light high-tech materials in order to

create a mechanism able to simultaneously drive the rotation of both carriages. Their speeds of

rotation are so fast – one turn per minute for the outer carriage and one revolution in just

18.75 seconds for the inner carriage – that the balance maintains constant amplitude, whichever

way it is oriented. For the first time in watchmaking history, the exactness of a watch is thus

entirely independent of the position of the timepiece itself. Loyal to the uncompromising

principles that govern each of its decisions, Jaeger-LeCoultre refused to take the easy path to

achieving this result by reducing the size of the balance or the frequency of its oscillations. In

order to guarantee infallible accuracy, the Reveros Gyrotourbillon 2 is equipped with a large

gold balance that is fairly insensitive to vibrations or shocks, has an inertia of 12.5 mgxcm2 and

imperturbably oscillates at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. In an ultimate touch of luxury

and in order to avoid any alteration in the rating in case of impacts, adjustments are made by

means of gold inertia-blocks arranged around the rim of the balance.

An absolute Reverso, for a new dimension in time measurements

In terms of its horological functions, the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 displays the time by means of

two flame-blued steel hands moving over an off-centred sapphire subdial. A fine engraving on

the wheel to the left of the dial enables one to read off the time on a 24-hour scale. Meanwhile,

the seconds are indicated by a blue index that is actually part of the outer tourbillon carriage.

On the back, a hand integrated within the movement indicates the power reserve on a sectorshaped

bridge.

Nonetheless, at the very moment when a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch appears to have revealed its

essential characteristics, a new element consistently overturns the global view that an attentive

observer is struggling to gain. For this particular model, in order to house the manually-wound

Calibre 174, the engineers of the Manufacture had to design an entirely new swivel case that

nonetheless complied with the inimitable DNA of the Reverso. By the very nature of its

operating principle, the spherical tourbillon calls for a thicker type of envelope in order to

operate in perfect freedom and security. After making countless prototypes based on highly

complex crystals and spheres cut from sapphires, technicians and designers finally managed to

accommodate the thickness of the tourbillon within an apparently classic case and sapphire

crystal. Representing the height of refinement, this case is even equipped with a bolt inspired by

the system used on the Reverso grande complication à triptyque, in order to prevent any

inadvertent opening of the watch. The case is water-resistant to 30 metres and fitted with an

integrated leather strap ensuring exceptional comfort on the wrist. As befits such a prestigious

watch, the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 will be issued in a strictly limited platinum edition of 75.

The barrel itself is fitted with a cover and a sapphire crystal so as to reduce friction on the

mainspring. The energy it stores is thus entirely available for the movement in order to ensure a

respectable 50-hour power reserve. Meanwhile, a subtle device placed on the barrel avoids any

risks related to excess or insufficient tension. This means that when the watch is being wound,

the system blocks the winding process before the spring becomes overly taut. Conversely, the

movement stops before the progressive unwinding is liable to adversely affect the watch's rating

precision.

The extraordinary manually-decorated Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 174 is composed of 371 parts.

Connoisseurs of fine watchmaking will appreciate the hand-raised and polished interior angles as

well as the exquisite rounding off the intermediate carriage bridge. The German silver bridges

and mainplate feature file-drawn edges, as well as hand-raised and polished angles. The surfaces

are adorned with Clous de Paris, Côtes de Genève, circular graining or satin brushing, all serving

to accentuate the graphic strength of this splendid rectangular movement. These ornamental

touches create splendid contrasts with the steel mechanisms and the gear wheels coated in

yellow gold. Finally, the plate features a screw of which the purpose is liable to remain a mystery

for generations of watchmakers, since it will reveal the secret of its function only to

micromechanical adventurers prepared to take the time required to grasp the enigma behind

the running of this matchless mechanical calibre.

Nonetheless, any watchmaking devotee will soon forget the subsidiary features of the Reverso

Gyrotourbillon 2 and simply turn his gaze over and over to the extraordinary vision afforded by

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 174 and the captivating revolutions of the spherical tourbillon as it

exercises its truly irresistible force of attraction. As the absolute Reverso, the Gyrotourbillon 2

embodies a unique accomplishment that could only emerge from a Manufacture that has allied

traditional know-how with an indomitable spirit of innovation for the past 175 years. This

timepiece, boasting a degree of precision on the wrist that breaks entirely free of the power of

gravity, illustrates the creative strength that nurtures the countless transformations of the

Reverso, the watchmaking icon appearing in consistently reinvented and perpetually fascinating

new forms of expression.

Characteristics
Référence du produit

Reference

  • Q 2336420
Boîtier du produit

Case

  • Material : Platinum
  • Diameter : 55.00mm
  • Back : Sapphire
Mouvement du produit

Movement

  • Type : Manual-winding mechanical
Fonctions du produit

Functions

  • Power reserve
  • Tourbillon
Bracelets du produit

Bracelet/strap

  • Material : Leather
  • Buckle type : Folding buckle

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The brand

Ever since the brand was established in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been enchanting lovers of beautiful objects. Its craftsmen and craftswomen, the guardians of the inventive spirit of company founder Antoine LeCoultre, pool their expertise to create collections that are as surprising as they are sophisticated: Reverso, Master, Rendez-Vous, Duomètre, Geophysic® and Atmos. This great brand continues to be inspired by its rich heritage and...

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