A quarter of a century ! Albeit modest on the scale of watchmaking history, this longevity nonetheless conveys authentic recognition among devotees of Fine Watchmaking, while representing an important proven guarantee of continuity for a collection that has shown itself capable of keeping step with the times – and particular with its enthusiasts.
Introduced at the SIHH 2017, this year’s Master Control vintage comes in three models : Date, Geographic (picture above), as well as the Chronograph starring on the cover of this GMT winter edition. Last year at the same time, we had headlined our magazine with the Master Memovox Boutique Edition, whose blue color had gained a broad following well beyond our circle of readers. While still omnipresent on the alligator strap, blue no longer dominates the dial, instead appearing as distinctive accents that make this new version immediately identifiable, notably on its cut-out baton-type hands evoking the skyline of Manhattan. It adopts a softer shade on the tachymeter scale and the two 30-minute and 12-hour counters, playfully and subtly embedded in the central railtrack circle displaying the hourmarkers. A discreet vintage spirit pervades this elegant timepiece.
Master Control Chronograph © Jaeger-LeCoultre
Each watch has a face, and that of the Master Control Chronograph wears a sincere smile – while remaining paradoxically sure of its serious reliability. Like all the models in what became a cult collection right from the start, it proudly bears the “1000 hours Control” seal, signifying that it has successfully undergone six weeks of testing in six positions aimed at challenging its resistance and its performance.
The Calibre 939 /1 of the Master Control Geographic © Jaeger-LeCoultre
The two convenient and user-friendly pushpieces framing the screw-lock crown leave no doubt as to their role, which is to trigger the chronograph functions of the automatic caliber developed in the firm’s Le Sentierbased Manufacture. It is fortunately not engaged in a race against time. A last useful note for couples who like to share everything : they can express this penchant through a case designed to suit both men’s and women’s wrists. Happy anniversary !
Master Control Chronograph
CASE : satin-brushed stainless steel, solid back, water-resistant to 50m
DIAMETER : 40mm
The three new dial options are, again, Electric Blue, Military Marble, and Tiger’s Eye. Electric Blue features a stunning matte blue enroll atop gloomy Clous de Paris markings on the dial. Military Marble is made up of matte green register surrounded by a unique-looking green marble. And finally, Tiger’s Eye includes a red brown register in the middle of the dial surrounded by Tiger’s Eye rock, which includes distinctive alternating rings of various shades of brown and gold. And if you want, Jaeger-LeCoultre also has fitting straps to go with these three brand new dials.I have always liked Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches together with two faces, and I think these three brand new dial alternatives will be popular amongst Reverso fans who want something a little from the ordinary. Personally, I’m quite fond of dials made out of exotic stone as I find them to look much more exciting and lively. Of the trio, the Electric Blue dial does not actually do much for me, and I’m more interested with the Military Marble and Tiger’s Eye dial choices. Military Marble is surely something unusual and may be interesting from the flesh. On the other hand, Tiger’s Eye is a wonderfully striking stone and I think that it would make for a visually arresting watch dial.Prices of this Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second watch begin at $8,400 and will vary depending upon your dial and strap choice.True to its nature, SIHH isn’t exactly a touchpoint for those who love an easy steel sport watch. But surprises do happen, and one of a sea of tourbillons, a couple of grande sonneries, and enough valuable metal to underwrite a little ground warfare, Jaeger-LeCoultre pulled a quick one and fell a trio of metal Master models that quickly turned into a highlight of this series. With a crisp but romantic layout and a complication for nearly any taste, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph demonstrate that JLC has not lost any of their signature array.
MOVEMENT : mechanical automatic (JLC Caliber 751G, 65h power reserve), 235 components, 5.72mm thick
But before we talk more about the newest dial options let us recap the Jaeger Lecoultre Watch Fake Replica Reverso Classic Big Duo Little Second watch. It comes in a stainless steel case and also measures 47mm by 28.3mm and is 10.3mm thick, so it is quite modestly sized. It has two faces – hence the Duo title – driven by one movement, allowing it to display time in two time zones. Water-resistance is 30 meters.The motion inside is your hand-wound JLC Calibre 854A/2, which is a fairly simple movement that beats at 3Hz and is produced from 160 components with 19 stone. Power book is a standard-range 40 hours.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Big Duo Little Second watch includes two dials that the wearer can flip between with the watch still on the wrist (in case you are unfamiliar with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso concept). The main watch dial is in silver and includes a vertical brushed finish and a hand guilloche center with a tiny seconds index at 6 o’clock. All in all, like many other Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches, the primary dial of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Big Duo Little Second oozes lots of Art Deco trendy and elegance.If you flip the case around, you will be greeted by the next Travel Time dial. On the standard Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second watch, this dial features Clous de Paris engraving and a useful day/night indicator. Now, however, there are 3 new dial choices featuring exotic stones. Let’s enter these three new dial choices right now.
FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
DIAL : opaline-finished center, circular satin-brushed exterior, circular guilloché-worked counters, cut-out hands
STRAP : blue alligator leather, steel pin buckle