Swiss watch company Jaeger Le-Coultre knows how to make an entrance.
The Time to Care program, which will benefit the Leonardo DiCaprio Fund at the California Community Foundation (CCF), will focus on the sale of two uniquely executed timepieces in the fall of 2008. Worn by DiCaprio at the premiere of his environmental documentary 11th Hour, both timepieces will be the first in a limited series of watches that feature new technology, with 100 percent of the proceeds funneled to the DiCaprio fund at the CCF.
The first piece, the Master Compressor Extreme Lab, will be the first watch in the Extreme Lab series to be delivered anywhere in the world. Crafted in carbon fiber and titanium, the watch features an automatic tourbillon, two time zones, a pointer-type AM/PM indication at 12 o’clock and a patented jumping date display between 15 and 16 linked to local time. It also features the first mechanical movement to operate without any lubricant and is resistant to extreme temperatures, ranging from minus 40 degrees to plus 60 degrees Celsius.
The second unique timepiece is a one-of-a-kind edition of the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2, which contains a state-of-the-art, first-ever spherical tourbillon. Containing more than 371 parts, the watch was specially created to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre this year.
The watches together are expected to raise $700,000+ for CCF.