Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique Hands On

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  • March 2, 2016
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Front of Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique

At SIHH 2016, Jaeger LeCoultre launched their new models including the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique.

Its not the usual high complication fancy timepiece we sometimes tend to get enchanted on. Its not the straight shooter simple watch either. It is equipped with a tourbillon regulator, and one which is a bit of a rarit with a cylindrical hairspring. The dial design is pure. Cleaner than the Quantième Perpétuel that it shares the same base movement with. But with no perpetual calendar to clutter the dial. Allow us to expound why we are thrilled with the JLC Master Grand Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique.   Side of Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique
The case is quite classic JLC Master. It is built sturdy, and well proportioned. The pink gold chosen is 4N, and bold and a very nice hue. The platinum version, which we did not photograph is more teutonic, perhaps a little out of character with the watches from Le Sentier, though, it must be said the platinum case is not as massive as their German sisters from  A Lange & Söhne.

The dial is textured and judging from the eye looks like an eggshell color. The dial is bi-level, with a lowered section from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock, and looks like it is retreating to showcase the cylindrical tourbillon. A circular aperture punctures the dial to showcase the tourbillon. Which, with its cylindrical hairspring sits much higher than a regular tourbillon with a flat or a overcoil equipped hairspring. The visual impact of the flying tourbillon, with its tower like cage spinning around is mesmerizing.Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique detail
The hands are dauphine, and polished two faceted, and works well. Long and elegant. As are the appliqué bar hour markers. They too are long and elegant. A printed minute track marked around the dial in 60 segments run on the outer edge of the dial. Nomenclature on the dial is kept quite minimal and in our view very tasteful. Other than the brand “Jaeger LeCoultre” and a small marking saying “Tourbillon Cylindrique” and the obligatory “Swiss Made” in small inconspicuous text right at the bottom edge. It stays clear from the other portion of its rather long name.

The movement, like all JLC movements are designed and manufactured in-house in their rather large facilities in Le Sentier. The movement is true blue JLC. Robust, well engineered. And nicely finished.Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique dial
In the Caliber 995, the tourbillon is flying, and there is no cock or bridge securing it on the dial side. The tourbillon also carries 3 hands which are in blued steel. These act as the seconds indicator against the 0-20 markings along the bottom 1/3 section of the tourbillon aperture. On the back, the tourbillon is anchored by a full bridge.

The movement is well engineered and robust, and like all JLC movements will prove reliable and trustworthy to keep good time for many years.