Allow me to remind you that MARCH LA.B design ethos seems to be a combo of muscle car era masculinity and the intersection of LA and Biarritz, France. This is where the look and feel of their watches come from - and knowing that helps explain what they are trying to do for me. The JC1 Shadowplay is a uniquely design timepiece for fans of this niche genre. It is a well-done watch that isn't trying to satisfy everyone, and certainly excels at offering something unique. Price is $1,095 and it comes in a pretty cool case.
Thanks to MARCH LA.B for the review unit. Opinions are 100% independent.The Jaeger LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1: When You Just Really Need A Multi-Axis Tourbillon
Every now and then we take a break from the mundane world of high end Swiss watches to bring you something from the world of extremely high end Swiss watches. Today is one of those days. Remember when we showed you ? One noticeable void void in that laundry list of complications was a tourbillon. Today, we thought we'd show you a world-class tourbillon, one that is actually for sale.
We are talking about the Jaeger LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 1. The Gyrotourbillon 1 has been in production since 2004/2005 with only about 20 pieces being made per year, a total of 75 world wide. Almost all of the Gyrotourbillons are promised to large scale watch collectors before they are even off the assembly line, so finding a brand new one is a hard thing to do.
The Gyrotourbillon has an impressive list of complications (a perpetual calendar, equation of time, retrograde power reserve and month indicators,http://www.ckm.gen.tr/rolex/page_7.html, and of course the ever useful leap year indicator) but what makes this hyper-complicated watch so impressive and unique is the design of its tourbillon. For those who don't know what a is, the long and short of it is that it's an addition to the escapement of a mechanical watch to counter the negative effects of gravity on the watch's accuracy. Yes, its purpose to is fight gravity.
We won't go into the details of how a tourbillon does this, but we will say that traditional tourbillons rotate on one axis, this JLC rotates on two. This means you are in for a spectacular show when you wear this watch. Don't believe us? Watch the video below:
So this JLC have one of the more complicated (and beautiful) tourbillons, a half dozen other incredible complications, a case made of high-grade platinum, and exclusivity...and we found one for sale.
Retail price on the Gyrotourbillon is a cool $400,000. We found one being offered at a hefty discount (a discount equal to the price of a Lexus) here in New York at on Madison Ave. Price? $339,995. All things considered, this is a bargain. The watch they have is brand new with all original boxes and papers, everything you'd want in an investment grade watch like this.
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