Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse
If there’s one thing you expect your watch to do, it’s probably tell the time—but for its latest watch release, Jaeger-LeCoultre has put time-telling in the backseat, in favour of an elaborate demonstration of the brand’s technical skill. The Hybris Artistica Mystérieue’s main focus is its spectacular orbital flying tourbillon and elaborately decorated dial.
The flying tourbillon complication doesn’t requires the used of a bridge, and instead is able to move freely around the skeletonised dial. The tourbillon sits amidst a lacework-inspired mother of pearl cover that is overlaid above a shimmering an aventurine dial. The laceworking is echoed on the sides and across the back of the 18kt rose gold, which measures 42mm by 13.8mm.
The watch uses a very subtle means to tell the time; the hour is indicated via the placement of the tourbillon as it rotates around the dial. The minutes are even more inconspicuous still, with a small gold arrow on the flange. The timepiece is powered by an entirely new movement, the in-house calibre 941, which is made up of 441 parts and offers a power reserve of 50 hours.
Only five Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse watches have been made, and the model was debuted at this year’s SIHH.