Introducing The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Although Jaeger-LeCoultre is, for good reason, most strongly related to the Reverso, it does of course have so numerous other watches, movements, and plans surprisingly over its extremely long history that the Reverso, taken in context, begins to seem like the tiny tip of a gigantic chunk of ice. One of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most important qualities has been the making of strong, traditionally lovely round watches with little complications, and in that soul, the company has recently introduced another model in the Master Control Collection. This is the Master Control Calendar.
The Master Control collection has been important for the company’s portfolio since 1992. At the point when the collection was dispatched, its name was gotten from the then-new 1,000-Hour Control certification . This is a double certification process which incorporates broad testing during both prototyping and production. It incorporates tests for everything from chronometry to protection from environmental corrosives, protection from magnetism, shock obstruction, etc. Each Master Control watch is tried independently as a completely cased-up watch, and the company is legitimately proud of its reputation for unwavering quality in the fundamental ethics of watchmaking.
In addition to an overhaul of the watch, which now has a more contemporary look and feel, there have also been major moves up to the movement, which is the JLC type 866. The movement has had its power hold stretched out to 70 hours (from 43 in the previous version) because of an improved origin and barrel, and the getaway haggle are now in silicon. There is another very beguiling new element, also, in the date show. At the point when it’s an ideal opportunity to switch over from the fifteenth of the month to the sixteenth, the red-tipped date hand performs a 90º bounce clockwise, to keep the date hand from obscuring the moon stage show. The watch is accessible at dispatch in either tempered steel or rose gold.
There are not many things more powerfully evocative of the high point of mid-twentieth century watchmaking than a complete calendar with moon stage. It’s a significant enticing complication, offering a lot of the delight of the substantially more complex yearly and unending calendars, without the considerable additional cost and, often, enormously expanded mechanical delicacy and trouble of operation and upkeep.
The freshest upgrades to the type 866 are not quickly obvious, however they should address an improvement in the generally superb performance of the movement, which is one of the incredible exemplary in-house self-twisting movements of the 2000s. Surely, it is, as it were, one of the extraordinary exemplary in-house self-twisting movements of the most recent quite a few years, as it’s an immediate successor to the JLC type 889, which was first introduced during the 1980s and which found its way, in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ability as a movement provider, into watches from a few other very good quality makers as well.
The tie is Novanappa, a vegetable-tanned calf cowhide produced in France, and it is furnished with a speedy change framework, allowing the lash to be changed out effectively without utilizing any tools. Overall, one has an initial introduction of a high-grade movement in a top notch watch, planned to be a robust, solid, and unassumingly rich day by day companion for a lifetime.
The Master Control Calendar is accessible in steel at dispatch; cost is $11,000; in rose gold, $22,500.
Model: Master Control Calendar
Reference Number: Q4148420, hardened steel; Q4142520, rose gold
Case Material: Stainless steel or rose gold
Dial Color: Silver sunray finish
Lume: Lume plots on the dial; lume embeds on the hour and moment hands
Water Resistance: 5 bar/50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Novanappa, vegetable-tanned brown calfskin, with brisk change spring bars
Caliber: Jaeger-LeCoultre type 866 (new version)
Functions: Hours and minutes, moon stage, pointer date show, month and day of the week windows
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Manual and automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Chronometer Certified: 1,000-Hour Master Control certification
Additional Details: Silicon get away from haggle, bouncing date point which skirts the moon stage display
Valuing & Availability
Price: $11,000 in steel; in rose gold, $22,500
Availability: Now available
Limited Edition: No, ordinary production
See the Master Collection at Jaeger-LeCoultre.com.