Watches and Wonders 2022: Jaeger Lecoultre Master Hybris Artistica Cal 945 Galaxia ( Rose Gold ) or Atomium ( White Gold ).

 By: amanico : October 5th, 2022-09:48

Warning: The Hybris Artistica Cal 945 Galaxia and Atomium are pure pieces of Art. 

Which is logical as the Hybris Artistica concept was born in 2014, used for pieces of high level of refinement and Art, made in very few quantities, if not in piece unique.

These two Hybris Artistica are no exception to that, even if they are not real novelties. I would rather say that they are the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication ultimate artistic expression. 

They are not new watches because: 

1/ The new Master Grande Tradition case has been introduced in 2019, so, logically, we find it again, for these Hybris Artistica, which is a good thing, since it is beautifully shaped, with satin, polished and micro-blasted finishings, and some harmonious dimensions which look smaller and less thick in real than on the paper ( 45 mm big / 16, 05 mm high ). It is water resistant to 50 meters, which is enough for most of our life's circumstances.

2/ The functions / complications are the same:

- A sky chart depicting the constellations above the Jaeger Lecoultre Manufacture, in the northern hemisphere.

- An orbital and flying tourbillon called " Cosmotourbillon " here, which makes a revolution around the dial in a sidereal day, so in 23 hours 56 minutes and 4, 1 seconds.

- The 24 Hours, Months and Zodiacal Calendar are displayed.

- And, last but not least, a Minute Repeater using two of the most innovative techniques on that matter, the gongs welded to the sapphire glass and the Trebuchet Hammers chiming heavenly, which is à propos or a Celestial watch...

3/ This is the same movement, the manual winding Cal 945, which beats at the pace of 28, 800 alternances per hour with a power reserve of 40 hours. The Cal 945 has been used for the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication since 2010, so it is not really a new movement, but a great looking one, with its German silver plates and bridges and its good level of decoration and finishings.

4/ The silvered laser welded domed filigree we could see on the 2020 edition, in rose gold or in white gold, but this last one was a jeweled version ( 8 pieces each ). 

The true novelty is the way the dials are worked and decorated, which is the raison d'être of these two Hybris Artistica: 

For this duo of astronomical  Hybris Artistica, Jaeger Lecoultre used Grisaille Enamel for the main dial. 

Here is an extract of the press release, describing the technique of Grisaille Enamel: 

 " First, the enameller must perfect the dark background – traditionally blue or black – building the depth and intensity of colour by applying multiple layers, each of which requires firing. Then, using a super-fine brush, the image is added in white enamel, layer by painstaking layer, again with a firing after each stage. grisaille enamel is unique in creating a chiaroscuro effect, with an illusion of three-dimensionality created by half-tones and shading. "

As you will notice, black enamel has been used for the rose gold version, while the white gold has a dedicated enameled blue dial. 

The chromatic combinations ( rose gold black dial and white gold dark blue dials ) are superb, but the most important is the visual impact which is truly eye catching, in terms of depth and even three-dimension feeling. Remarkable, poetic, mystic and romantic. 

Add a guilloché enamel outer ring, the one bearing the applied baton indices and JL logo to add a touch of sublime.  

Between the two of them, I would say that my favorite is the white gold version, because I am more a white metal person, BUT I must say that the rose gold impressed me a lot. 

As each Hybris Artistica, these two new members are made in a very small limited edition ( 5 pieces each ). 

Now, the only reserve I have on these 2 Hybris Artistica is the huge augmentation of price: Count 100, 000 Euros more than the 2020 Edition! Does the huge amount of work on the dials justify this price increase, I will let that question to your sagacity. 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,



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Very nice

 By: Arronax : October 5th, 2022-10:54
At 100k euros I thought not bad, until I noticed you said 100k more than the previous version! The movement has a little bit of an ALS feel to it, in a good way and the face is quite harmonious, I like it.
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Thanks, Arronax, for your feedback.Quite qualitative, this one.

 By: amanico : October 5th, 2022-12:47
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Out of this world (pun intended)!

 By: lm6 : October 5th, 2022-11:37
Amazing pieces (masterpieces). I prefer the white gold, but actually like the dial of the red gold version more. The "atomic" dial of the white gold version is visually a little too much - a bit intrusive.
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I totally see your point about the intrusive character of the Atomium. But after a while, I could get used to it.

 By: amanico : October 5th, 2022-12:48
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Impressive watches for sure.

 By: jlux : October 5th, 2022-12:36
Here I would go probably with the rose gold version because ot it's dial.

These watches being however so far away from the "mainstream JLC" (Reverso's,Master Control,MUT's,....) that I never really understood the commercial reasoning behind these ultra highend pieces,other than showcasing the know-how of the manufacture.
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Well, if you have a look at their old pocket watches, we had some extraordinary dials. Showcasing the talent of the Manufacture probably is another good reason. Since the Rose gold Reverso Saga.

 By: amanico : October 5th, 2022-15:44
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Fantastic JLC master peaces

 By: Weems@8 : October 5th, 2022-13:10
Dear Nicolas,
I seen a video on You Tube where influencer Alexander had a talk with a JLC principal over the Master Hybris Artisica Cal 945 Galaxia.
For sure such a video’s are from high quality.
Same as the peaces the JLC principal show.

It is known that such a marvels goes to the honest customers of the maison.
Not only a matter of money, but the tru love for the maison.
For me, let’s say a Reverso, Extreme lab, or a Memovox is the first entrance.
For u, i guess the WG fits your wrist well.
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I love your choices. You are 100% right about them.

 By: amanico : October 5th, 2022-15:45
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 By: KCLQMULKU : October 5th, 2022-17:53
I adore the scaffolding-type star structure of the white gold version, which kind of reminds me of a gilded cage enveloping the stars (or perhaps the Death Star 😉).
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The Atomium from Brussels is the image which immediately came to my mind, though. ;)

 By: amanico : October 5th, 2022-19:40
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Oh yes! Good point! :))

 By: KCLQMULKU : October 5th, 2022-20:05
Still, for me it will always have a fantasy element to it.  Just my neverending imagination at work. 😆
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A constellation is another good image, too.

 By: amanico : October 5th, 2022-20:14
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Two really really nice watches!

 By: eklektik : October 5th, 2022-22:21
I totally get the approach to use existing material as they were exceptionally good, and better them with this new design.
Hats off to JLC for that!
My heart goes to the white gold one for the same reason, but the cloudy dial of the other one is to die for!
Thanks for your nice review! Seeing them both in real must be something!
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We are 100 % in agreement for our preferences and the dial of the rose gold. Yes, it is something to see them in real. Thanks, E.

 By: amanico : October 6th, 2022-05:57
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something indeed very special. Gongs welded to the sapphire glass. How do they achieve this I wonder? glue?

 By: nasseriq : October 6th, 2022-20:03
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No glue, a heel to make the contact between the gong and the sapphire.

 By: amanico : October 6th, 2022-20:43
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 By: nasseriq : October 8th, 2022-06:34
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No problem.

 By: amanico : October 8th, 2022-22:02
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Amazing pieces! I can only imagine how striking they would be...

 By: watchme : October 11th, 2022-18:24
if the dials were switched: black with the white gold, blue dial and strap with the rose gold.... superb!
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Yes, you are right, I am totally fascinated by the dial on the rose gold, too.

 By: amanico : October 12th, 2022-09:11
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2 oh my how I wish JLC would do something like this for the masses 🤞

 By: holdemchamp1225 : October 15th, 2022-16:26
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For the masses like us? :))))

 By: amanico : October 15th, 2022-16:40
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Who else ? 😂🤣

 By: holdemchamp1225 : October 15th, 2022-16:42
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 By: amanico : October 15th, 2022-16:46
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Got something coming next week that you will love mon ami. FINALLY found one to my liking and the timing worked out 😉

 By: holdemchamp1225 : October 15th, 2022-17:05
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Am impatient to see what it can be!

 By: amanico : October 15th, 2022-17:40
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I´ve been too busy the last month and haven´t had time to visit here much. JLC´s dial design are crazy. These Hybris Artistica are exceptional (allthough out of reach for most people). Thanks for posting NIco. Enjoy! Lars

 By: LarsG : October 30th, 2022-08:52
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My pleasure, Lars. I kept some unpublished pictures for these long winter nights to soon come. ;)

 By: amanico : October 30th, 2022-08:58
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Always a pleasure to read your posts my friend. Have a good sunday.

 By: LarsG : October 30th, 2022-09:03
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