A super-complicated megawatch with a half-million dollar price tag.
The new version of the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3, limited to just 8 pieces, offers the same over-the-top level of technical prowess with a little extra touch of various traditional decorative crafts like hand-guillochage, engraving, and grand feu enamel. The 43,5 mm case and dial details are made of pink gold. The meteorite-inlaid bridges of German silver echo a meteorite disc sitting at the centre of the offset time display dial, surrounded by the aventurine ring with applied indexes. On the chronograph sub-dial at 9 o’clock, an aventurine disc is encircled by a ring of white grand feu enamel, marked with elapsed seconds. It also incorporates the unconventional digital minutes aperture. The Day/Night display at 3 comprises a 24-hour plate on which two gold semi-circles are applied. 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.
Asymmetrical yet perfectly balanced, these three overlapping sub-dials are nicely complemented by a huge multi-axis tourbillon comprising two cages, set at two different angles and turning opposite directions at different speeds. There’s also a blued spherical balance spring beating like a heart in the centre. The in-house 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. It has a 45-hour power reserve. On the back of the movement the meteorite takes centre stage as well. It adorns all of the plates and bridges.
Nov. 17, 2019