Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso grande complication à triptyque RS
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Hybris Mechanica is a series of Grande Complication watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Following the successful reintroduction of the Reverso with a series of special grand complication models, Jaeger-LeCoultre set about creating annual special edition timepieces. In 2009, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a trio of models as a package with the name, "Hybris Mechanica". They later dubbed their entire series of grande complication timepieces with this name. As of 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been numbering the Hybris Mechanica series.

Original Hybris Mechanica

Introduced in 2009, Hybris Mechanica was a $2.5 million package centered around the most-complicated and expensive watch in the world up to that time, the Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie. This package also included two other Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication watches as well as a full-size safe to keep the set in. These three watches alone include no less than 55 complications.

2009 Hybris Mechanica package:

Hybris Mechanica Series

Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre has continued to use the Hybris Mechanica name on grande complication watches, and the series has been expanded and extended to include both new and former pieces. Hybris Mechanica is intended to showcase the watchmaking expertise of Jaeger-LeCoultre, and their unique ability as a true manufacture to craft movements and cases together.

The Hybris Mechanica series now includes the following special timepieces (original set of 3 marked with an asterisk):

  1. 2003 - Atmos Mystérieuse
  2. 2004 - Master Gyrotourbillon 1*
  3. 2006 - Reverso grande complication à triptyque*
  4. 2007 - Master Compressor Extreme Lab 1
  5. 2008 - Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2
  6. 2009 - Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie* - "Grande Sonnerie" minute repeater with trebuchet hammers (also called Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie)
  7. 2010 - Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication
  8. 2011 - Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau and Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau Venise
  9. 2012 - Duomètre Sphérotourbillon
  10. 2013 - Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee
  11. 2014 - Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon - minute repeater and flying tourbillon in a Master Ultra Thin case
  12. 2015 - Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Moon - Ultra-accurate moon phase indicator
  13. 2016 - Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon
  14. 2019 - Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel

Reverso Complication series

Hybris Mechanica is a follow on to the original Reverso Complication series. Beginning in 1991, Jaeger-LeCoultre began a limited-edition series of Reverso models with special complications.

  1. 1991 - 60eme, time, small seconds, power reserve indicator, first Grande Taille (GT) case
  2. 1993 - Reverso Tourbillon, tourbillon and power reserve indicator on the back
  3. 1994 - Reverso Répétition Minutes, minute repeater
  4. 1996 - Reverso Chronographe Rétrograde, chronograph
  5. 1998 - Reverso Géographique, duoface with day/night indicator on both sides and dual timezone with city name selector on back
  6. 2000 - Quantième Calendrier Perpétuel, perpetual calendar with leap year indicator on front and month, day, date, and moon phase on back
  7. 2002 - Platinum Number One, with tourbillon
  8. 2003 - Platinum Number Two, with tourbillon