Jaeger-LeCoultre released the first Gyrotourbillon watch in 2005. Although many tourbillon watches came around the same time, the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch was the first of its kind. Many prominent watchmakers have worked hard to improve the tourbillon technology to introduce new features such as the flying tourbillon, multi-axis tourbillon, and multiple tourbillons watches. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon I and II watches are arguably the most exotic versions in the variety. Its creator, Eric Coudray, received numerous awards and accolades for his masterpiece. The Gyrotourbillon I was followed by another great watch after five years, the Gyrotourbillon II. However, only 75 pieces of the limited edition watches were released into the market each time. Each version costs more than $300,000, and retains excellent resale and inheritance value.
Although they have similar names, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon I and II watches are very different from each other. The relatively traditional Gyrotourbillon I consists of a wide round case with a diameter of 43.5mm, completely done in platinum. The more complex version of the watch has time, perpetual calendar, and a power reserve indicator. The time equation is displayed with the help of a sidereal hand on the time dial. You also have the thrilling experience of seeing the tourbillon for the first time. The Gyrotourbillon I consists of JLC manufactured caliber 177 with almost 700 parts. The watch can be wound manually, and has a power reserve of eight days.
The Gyrotourbillon II came with more surprises. Its large Reverso style case is cast completely in platinum. It is over 36mm wide and 55mm tall. The light-weight tourbillon watch has cylindrical balance wheels, and creates a great illusion with just two axis points. The Gyrotourbillon II is simple and beautifully crafted. It consists of JLC caliber 174 movement with 50 hour power reserve, 24 hour dial, and the time. The timeless classic is tasteful and symmetrical, yet functional.
The Switzerland-based luxury watch manufacturer was founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre, a small watchmaker in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The small company has since grown into one of the largest producer of luxury watches in the world. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon I & II watches have an aura and mystery associated with them, largely due to the limited production of the watches. With only 150 owners across the globe, the watches are great investment pieces. If you have a Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon watch, you know you possess a valuable treasure.