The Swiss manufacture presented a new timepiece with the flying tourbillon during the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the 15th year of its partnership with one of the most prestigious cinema events, where the brand traditionally honors great filmmaking with the special award and presents its most exclusive novelties. This year’s star is the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste.
An orbital flying tourbillon makes one complete revolution over the course of 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. This unusual time unit is the length of one sidereal day, calculated with reference to the more distant stars instead of the Sun. The deep blue dial itself depicts the night sky of the Northern hemisphere, showcasing the constellations of the zodiac calendar framed by an outer ring displaying their associated symbols. A tiny gold marker, seen just beyond the orbit of the flying tourbillon, revolves around the dial annually, acting as the indication of where we are within this alternative and ancient star calendar. The hour markers and constellations have been filled with Super-LumiNova, evoking the glow of heavenly bodies in low light conditions.
The 334-component manually wound calibre 946 is enclosed in the 43-mm white-gold case, similar to the one of the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel debuting this January. The power reserve is 45 hours. The Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste is a limited edition of 28 pieces.