Watch Reviews

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica Grand Sonnerie: $2.5 Million & 26 Complications

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Review, What's New

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Last week, we had the chance to view Jaeger-LeCoultre’s record-setting Hybris Mechanica Grand Sonnerie in person.  It was an exciting event to say the least, and not just because Don Draper was there (man-swoon!). 

The Hybris Mechanica Grand Sonnerie is currently one of the world’s most complicated watches.  Last year, Franck Muller took the title with its 25-complication Aeternitas Mega 4, and then when they heard about the Grand Sonnerie with 26, Muller decided, all of a sudden, that theirs would have 36 complications despite the fact the watch was already in production (for more details on that, click here). 

To us, this Jaeger (which may or may not be the world’s most complicated), is one of the few hyper-complex watches that, after all the engineering, all the toiling, and all the hype, is still compelling.  Part of that has to to do with JLC’s history as a true watchmaker’s watch brand.  Think about where you see Jaeger movements and you’ll see what we mean; think original Patek Nautilus and AP Royal Oak, think modern-day Vacheron Overseas and RO Dual-Time, for example – Jaeger movements are some of the best in the world.

This particular movement, all 1300 components of it, is a stunning display of simple complexity.  Compare it to the Maîtres du Temps Chapter One, for example and you’ll see that even though it has many more complications and over twice as many parts (the Chapter one is made of 558 components), it is a much more refined watch. 

Now, for the $2.5miilon price tag of Grand Sonnerie, the 30 buyers of this watch also receive a Gyrotourbillon and the Reverso a Tryptique, along with a 2,600 pound Doettling safe.  The entire package is entitled the Hybris Mechanica 55, for the combined 55 complications among the three timepieces.  Really not a bad deal, when you think about it. 

For more details on the Hybris Mechanica Trio, click through to JLC’s official micro-site

For more images of the Hybris Mechanica launch party in NYC, click here.


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