Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hong Kong Boutique currently have two ‘Proto Zero’ prototype models for sale to benefit a charity that aims to end child sexual abuse.
The full details of both are included in the press release, which follows shortly, but I had to say: the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 shown in the first picture here is absolutely stunning, don’t you think?
One of the nicest watches I’ve seen for a long time – beautiful!
Enough of me going on though, let’s hear from JLC ..
[Press Release] In support of Hong Kong’s “ECSAF” charity, Jaeger-LeCoultre proudly presents the “Proto Zero” watches.
“Proto Zero” models are prototypes of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most iconic limited edition watches.
Prototypes are a true collector’s dream. Usually, they are not meant to be sold and remain within the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre in the Vallee de Joux, Switzerland. The prototypes are original pieces hand-crafted by watchmakers, the first watches that came to life in the production of final watches.
“Proto Zero” models from a selective number of limited series will be sold through the newly-opened Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique at 1881 Heritage in Hong Kong. These prototype models are fully functional, refurbished and reconditioned and are as perfect as any other watch in the limited series. 10% of the sales of each prototype will be donated to the “End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation”, Hong Kong’s charitable organization to protect children and teenagers under 18.
Jérôme Lambert, Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO, says, “Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to present the unique ‘Proto Zero’ to the connoisseurs of Hong Kong. We are particularly proud to support the charitable cause of “End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation” with these one-of-a-kind creations. We perceive this project as a meaningful collaboration between our brand and our supporters to join hands in contributing to a good cause”.
1881 Heritage Boutique, Hong Kong
Located at one of the most prestigious luxury hubs of Asia, the 1881 Heritage boutique is the third Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique in Hong Kong. It manifests the brand’s rich history, tradition and unyielding strive for invention and creativity. This flagship is also the first boutique of Jaeger-LeCoultre in the world to feature a wall of movements. This unique feature exemplifies the rich history of Jaeger-LeCoultre in invention and evokes the wall of movements located at the Heritage Gallery of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre in the Valley de Joux, Switzerland. More than a boutique, Jaeger-LeCoultre 1881 Heritage is a piece of the Valley de Joux in Hong Kong, and the ideal setting for the “Proto Zero”.
“Proto Zero” Models Available in Hong Kong
Below is a list of prototypes currently available in 1881 Heritage Boutique in Hong Kong. To enquire about the availability of Proto Zero for other limited edition watches, please contact Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique.
Master Grande Tradition à Tourbillon 43
Equipped by the legendary automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 978, the Master Grande Tradition à Tourbillon 43 brilliantly combines the traditional know-how of a Manufacture dedicated to the quest for precision since its founding in 1833, and a spirit of innovation illustrated by the development of avant-garde technical solutions.
Housed in a 43 mm case and featuring hours and minutes, a pointer-type date display which can be synchronized with local time and adjustable in both directions, a 24-hour display of reference time and a tourbillon with seconds indication, the Master Grande Tradition à Tourbillon embodies the triumph of precision expressed in an inimitably legible manner.
Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2
Following the success of the Gyrotourbillon I, Jaeger-LeCoultre stuns the world again with by offering the spherical tourbillon a new stage-setting worthy of its technically innovative nature: the swivelling case of the Reverso. Representing a splendid approach to the quest for absolute precision, the three-dimensional motion of the spherical tourbillon fascinates observers by the exceptional speed of rotation of its two carriages, with the inner one completing a full turn in 18.75 seconds, while the outer one performs a more conventional one-minute turn. Housed in a reversible case of 36 mm x 55 mm x 15.8 mm in size, and driven by the hand-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 174, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand, the watch features hours, minutes, and seconds indication on the carriage of the spherical tourbillon, whereas the power reserve indication is located on the case back.