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Jaeger-Le Coultre bags two awards at ViennaTime 2010 ‘Watch of the Year’ Awards

by Michael Weare
21 December, 2010
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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The champagne is no doubt flowing at the Grand Maison Jaeger-Le Coultre.

They have just been awarded in two categories at the “Watch of the Year” award ceremony held at “ViennaTime 2010” in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna.

Master Memovox won the Public Prize in the ‘Classic Elegance’ category, while Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication was awarded First Prize by the Jury in the “Horological Excellence” category.

Master Memovox Alarm Watch

Officially on sale since 1951, the original JLC Memovox was the first automatic timepiece sporting an alarm complication.

The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox alarm watch features a calibre 956 automatic movement.

There’s an instant-jump date-changing system and a gong at the back of the case, the automatic movement features a power reserve of 45 hours. It is built of 268 parts and 23 jewels and is a chunky 7.45 mm thick.

The alarm function is operated with a second crown located at 1 o’clock so there’s no need to take the watch off your wrist to set the alarm.

Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication

The award-winning Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication is an innovative timepiece which comprises three complications designed with elegance, tradition and cutting edge technology: it’s a minute repeater, a flying tourbillon and a sidereal zodiac calendar all rolled into one stunning looking watch.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication is encased in a 44mm wide 18k white gold case and is powered by an in-house calibre 945 manually wound movement comprising 527 parts. The One-Minute Flying Tourbillon is a sidereal indicator as well. A sidereal day is exactly 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.091 seconds and it is this exact day the Tourbillon takes to circle the entire dial.

Astronomers mostly make use of the sidereal time by using it to ascertain where to point their telescopes to pinpoint a certain star in the night sky. Given the dial markings of this watch sidereal time is a most appropriate addition.

The minute repeater is designed to emit a loud chime; unique to Jaeger-LeCoultre. Amazingly, despite the delicate complications housed within the watch, the JLC Master Grande is water resistant to 50 meters. Water Resistance to 50 meters is rarely found in a watch with a minute repeater, as sealing the watch is a major challenge.

The Watch of the Year award

The Watch of the Year award in Vienna has become a highly anticipated event that attracts watch aficionados from around the world.

The award is attributed in four categories based on the vote conducted among the visitors to ViennaTime, Austria’s largest and most important watch exhibition.

This year ViennaTime celebrated its 10th anniversary and was attended by over 10,000 visitors.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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