The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie has a retail price of $ 1,474,070. The watch boasts 1,300 parts, which make it capable of playing the entire Big Ben chiming sequence. It was released in 2009 as part of the Hybris Mechanica 55 trilogy, a trio of very expensive watches that comprised 55 complications altogether.
When the time that passes is expressed in music, the hour and minutes suspend their flight to allow the ear to enjoy all the beauty the watchmaker’s art has to offer. The Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie white gold watch is loved with passion and admiration.
Playing one of the longest melodies ever recreated by a Grande Sonnerie, this unique watch features a Westminster chime reproducing the sound of Big Ben. With four trebuchet hammers and crystal gongs, the sound it produces is of rare richness. The watch offers grande sonnerie, petite sonnerie, minute repeater and silent modes.
Suspended from a single bridge, the flying tourbillon subtly reveals itself behind the sapphire crystal case back, like a variation on a theme. Its titanium carriage is reduced to its simplest expression in order to not conceal the regulating organ and pivots on ball bearings.
Like a reprise at the end of a bar, the so-called “retrograde” calendar automatically restarts its progress thanks to the jumping hand and hour-markers on the date, month, and day indicators. The mechanism, which takes leap years into account, requires no manual correction until the year 2100.