Jaeger-LeCoultre, one of Switzerland’s most prestigious haute horlogerie brands, will participate for the second year in a row at WatchTime New York, America’s largest luxury watch show, held from October 13-14 at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. (Click here for details and tickets.) Among the new models JLC will showcase at the event is the Master Chronograph, a premier complication from its recently revamped Master Control collection.
The Master Chronograph, like all the Master Control models launched at SIHH 2017, has a classical, vintage-inspired dial; contains an automatic mechanical movement, made in-house at the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux; and features navy blue details on its dials — in the skeletonized baton hands, central chronograph seconds hand, subdial hands and numerals, and minute track numerals. All of these blue touches are elegantly emphasized by the dark blue alligator leather strap.
The bezel and lugs on the stainless steel cases have a polished finish, while the caseband has a contrasting satin-brushed finish imbuing the case with additional charm. A similar contrast is found on the dial, on which a circular satin-brushed finish in the outer section sets off the opaline finish in the center. The resulting visual effect, of light bouncing off the dial at different angles, aids in the legibility of the indications, as do the simple black hour markers and Arabic numerals at the center.
The Master Chronograph, powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s self-winding Caliber 751G, features the collection’s most contemporary design, albeit with several vintage influences. The dial’s bicompax layout has two chronograph subdial counters — for 12 hours and 30 minutes — at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, respectively. The blue color in the subdials, which are enhanced with a circular guilloché motif, is echoed in the blued, stainless steel hands and in the tachymeter scale around the dial’s outer perimeter. This sporty-luxury timepiece has a 40-mm diameter case, 11.7 mm thick and water-resistant to 50 meters. Its movement offers a 65-hour power reserve. The watch is priced at $8,000.
Perhaps most importantly for those who crave not just beauty but accuracy in their luxury watches, the Master Chronograph has undergone the battery of rigorous tests necessary to earn Jaeger-LeCoultre’s “1000 Hours Control” in-house certification — a process that was inaugurated 25 years ago for the first Master Control timepieces but which has since been extended to all of the brand’s models. Watches are tested in six positions over a six-week period to reproduce the conditions they will be worn under, taking into account temperature variations, accidental impacts, power-reserve capacity, and water resistance.
If you’re curious to see how this new timepiece, and other others from JLC’s 2017 collection, look and feel on your own wrist, click here to punch your ticket to WatchTime New York 2017!