At this year’s SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse – a fascinating union of High Jewelry and Fine Watchmaking. Taking the art of watchmaking to new heights of expression, Hybris Artistica mystérieuse comprises three one-of-a-kind ladies’ models and a men’s model available in a limited edition of five. This time we’re talking about men’s version.
In the same vein as the Master Grande Tradition, this watch boasts the inimitable stamp of Hybris Artistica that propels it to the very zenith of Fine Watchmaking. One of the most unexpected aspects of this sculptural piece is the way its skeletonised pattern is reproduced both on the front face and on the reverse. Looking at this design, some see lace, others a mosaic, others still discern stained glass. Everyone is free to choose their own interpretation of the symbolism in this new Jaeger‑LeCoultre timepiece, which constitutes a uniquely beautiful way to present the mystery of time and is limited to a series of only five pieces.
With its exclusive automatic movement – the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Calibre 941, meaning 49 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve worth about 50 hours – its architectural dial, and its Gothic design inspiration, this timepiece immediately stands out from the crowd. Whatever angle you first catch sight of it from – the front, reverse, or sides – it is sure to surprise and delight you. Every detail is captivating: the blue aventurine dial with an overlay of skeletonised mother-of-pearl lace, the flying tourbillon and pointed arch-shaped carriage, the pink gold case, the screwed lugs, and the movement decorated by hand.