The new Hybris Artistica mystérieuse indicates the hours and minutes with rare accuracy, but without hands. HOT finds out the secret behind it…
Jaeger-LeCoultre is as much a watchmaker’s paradise as it is a utopia for those who love fine timepieces. The Hybris Artistica collection that comes out from the fertile precincts of the Manufacture, tells a story of path breaking innovation and traditional expertise.
What is so unique about the Hybris Artistica collection? Well, the watches that belong here are particularly sophisticated. There is a bold expression of many talents in the form of rare handcrafts or the “Métiers Rares”. Ancestral techniques such as guilloché work, enamelling, and engraving combine with ingenious mechanical movements. It is this bespoke fusion that makes this collection worthy.
Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse
The watch indicates the hour and minute with rare accuracy – but without hands. Time is drawn into the dance of a suspended orbital flying tourbillon within a finely worked dial. The hour can be read from the tourbillon’s position on the dial, while the flange disc shows the passing minutes. The watch bears the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 941, entirely designed and hand-assembled within the walls of the Manufacture.
The mystery unfolds
Secret watches have always been fascinating. Here, the case and dial are ornamented in ivy leaves covered in diamonds. This limited edition of three unique pieces in white, blue, or red is an occasion for Jaeger-LeCoultre to apply the infinite talents of its Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares”, such as skeletonisation or snow-setting, a technique that was invented and developed exclusively by the Manufacture’s artisans. Add to this the absolute purity of its mother-of-pearl face, and you have a precious design that holds the mystery of time!
A watch with no hands…that yet tells the time! The orbital flying tourbillon decorated in gilded ivy leaves takes 60 seconds to pivot on itself and 12 hours to rotate around the dial, all the while giving an accurate indication of the hour. The design of the tourbillon carriage has been revisited to form a graceful five-pointed star shape. On the flange around the dial, there is a delightfully geometrical pattern made up of tiny ivy leaves in mother-of-pearl that appears in transparency like a leitmotif. This refined trail forms the backdrop for a perfectly round precious stone – a sapphire or a ruby, depending on the model – which turns like a point of light to indicate the minutes.
High jewellery finesse
The ivy leaf is crafted with remarkable finesse in depictions from several angles. Snow-setting, a technique that originated with Jaeger-LeCoultre, has been used to entirely cloak the metal underneath. This type of setting scintillates with reflections of light like the whirl of snowflakes hinted at in its name! The case-back has an entirely hand-engraved full disc with a skeletonised finish that reproduces the hammered ivy leaf design.
When we talk about the Hybris Artistica customer, it is an individual who wants to buy something that is not conventional. They will take the time to discover and appreciate the watch. It is a watch that has more than others, but expresses it in an elegant and refined manner. It is for someone who is self-confident. Indeed, it is for someone who is rare!