Product model: Q1646436 platinum, limited production of one product Price: ¥ 2,984,000
In 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented “Luxury Jaeger-LeCoultre enamels, timeless art treasures” touring exhibitions in 6 cities in China, and specially created a Lotus MasterMinuteRepeater three-question watch for this event, which has a long history. Tribute to Chinese culture.
The lotus dial created by enamel is full of vitality. No matter its elegant form or full color, it has the aesthetic characteristics of traditional Chinese painting. What’s also amazing is that this is an extraordinary, highly sophisticated minute repeater watch. The extreme enamel micro-painting technology and advanced watchmaking technology are subtly merged, showing Jaeger-LeCoultre’s peak achievements as a top watchmaker.
Lotus micro-painted enamel: years of tempering, achievement
From ancient times to today, the Chinese have worshipped the lotus flower as ‘a gentleman’ and regarded it as a symbol of noble morality. Numerous literati writers praised lotus with poems and songs. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s enamel micro-painting masters put time and perseverance to perfectly present the elegant form of lotus on the dial with rare traditional techniques. The yellow color, which represents the exclusive color of ancient Chinese emperors, is used as the background color of the enamel dial to set off the magnificent blooming lotus. The glory and splendor are naturally unparalleled.
The micro-painted enamel dial can be described as a perfect crystallization of a long process. For a long time, it has become a coveted art treasure for its connoisseurs and collectors for its extraordinary artistic value and its characteristics of never deforming and fading. The masterpieces of micro-painted enamel presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre are selected from top-quality enamel glazes and created by the talented Jaeger-LeCoultre enamelists with great dedication and are highly regarded by the world.
First, apply multi-layer transparent white enamel to the dial to create a bright background color. Then, use a brush to dip a color pigment containing different metal oxides to depict the pattern texture of lotus petals, stamens, and flower stems. Repeated calcination until the desired color effect is finally achieved. A successful enamel jewellery depends on its extremely fine, clear lines. Each calcination is performed at a high temperature of 800 to 850 degrees, which is the most risky step in the entire enamel manufacturing process. In addition, in order to ensure the perfect mechanical performance of the watch, each brush stroke of the enamel painter needs to be extremely accurate, and the error is controlled within 0.2 mm. Each process needs to be meticulously crafted, and it is necessary to control the time perfectly. It takes more than a hundred hours to show the natural and beautiful state on the square dial.
Few schools today teach the traditional technique of micro-painting enamel, and high-quality enamel has become increasingly rare. Jaeger-LeCoultre not only masters the long tradition of watchmaking, but also devotes itself to carry forward the oldest art of watchmaking decoration and make it last forever.
Enamel art has a history of hundreds of years. Traces of enamel date back to the 5th century BC. Ancient Greek sculptors decorated their mosaic sculptures with enamel. The oldest Greek and Celtic samples were made from opaque enamel. It was not until the Gothic era in the 12th century that transparent enamel was widely used. These craftsmanship has been perfected since then, which just prompted British gold and silver ware dealers in the 16th century and French gold and silver ware dealers in the 18th century to cultivate many first-class talents in enamel making.
Among the technologies known today, micro-painted enamel is probably the most perfect in the long history of enamel art. First used in the 17th century to decorate valuable items such as extremely precious jewellery. The micro-painted enamel has a small plate of gold plated with translucent enamel as the bottom. The artists also painted the small plate with a thin brush. First known as ‘Blois Enamel’ in France, the micro-painted enamel was further refined in Geneva, which later became the center of the art and watch industry. It is not surprising that Geneva became the birthplace of the craft, as this technique requires the same meticulous craftsmanship as watchmaking to complete. As a result, the people of Geneva are known for their meticulous advantages and have become a symbol of the quality of watch production.
Minute repeater function: Carefully crafted, extraordinary example
Jaeger-LeCoultre MasterMinuteRepeater Minute Repeater watch not only highlights the ultimate aesthetic achievements of enamel painting, but also represents an extraordinary example in the field of complex watchmaking.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre watch factory standing in the Jurassic Valley combines the pure and noble lotus image in Chinese culture with the crystal-clear, crisp and pleasant ringing tone of the MasterMinuteRepeater three-question watch, presenting the world with both visual and auditory perfection. Press the button at 9 o’clock to start the minute repeater function. By tapping the sounds of the gongs in the watch in turn, the hours, quarter clocks and minutes are reported. The mellow and pure time signal ringtone is a breakthrough achievement in the field of minute repeater watches. The time signal sound of the crystal reed is comparable to that of famous brand instruments.
In order not to break the overall artistic beauty presented by the dial enamel painting, Jaeger-LeCoultre deliberately removed the hour or minute display on the dial and instead adopted two simple and implicit indications: the torque released through the dual barrel The indicator is set at 4 o’clock, and the power reserve display is set at 8 o’clock. Through the hollow window on the right side of the dial, you can clearly see the operation of the regulator that measures the hammering speed. This device is equipped with the minute repeater function to give people a refreshing experience.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Lotus MasterMinuteRepeater Minute Repeater watch uses a platinum case with a diameter of 44 mm and is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre 947 manual winding movement. With black alligator strap. Limited production of one piece.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre 947 calibre has a 15-day power reserve, which can be described as a peerless piece in a multifunctional and complex watch. The power reserve function up to 15 days is unique to the minute repeater. Naturally, it must be equipped with a unique display device. The device is located at 8 o’clock on the dial and displays the power stored in the watch with a number of 15 to 1. Another amazing thing is that the 947 movement is equipped with a mechanism to measure the accuracy of the mainspring, the torque meter. It can display the torque area where the watch can reach the best operating state to assist the power reserve display. At 4 o’clock, the clockwork torque indicator is displayed in a numerical range between 0 and 8.
The timepieces that make it stand out are its daring to challenge the principles that the industry adheres to and its very scarce production. And the MasterMinuteRepeater minute repeater is such an extraordinary watch, which makes everyone’s admiration overflow with words.