Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time: Malaysia Price and ReviewWritten by Sim Wie Boon
Travel the world with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s unique worldtimer.
Introduced in 1958 by Jaeger-LeCoultre to honour the International Geophysical Year, the Geophysic watch has since become a firm favourite amongst collectors. And when they decided to revive the Geophysic label in 2014 with a single, limited-edition piece targeted at enthusiasts of the 1958 original, the crowd went wild. Since then, the Geophysic has become a notable collection in its own right, with the launch of the True Second and Universal Time in 2015 that met with similar success.
As its name suggests, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time is a worldtimer and probably the only one with a deadbeat seconds hand (we’ll get to that later). For the uninitiated, a worldtimer is a complication that lets you tell the time in almost any part of the world via the city disc and the 24-hour disc.
In its latest edition, the most significant update is the new interchangeable steel bracelet which allows the Geophysic Universal Time to flex some serious style yet maintain a relaxed vibe. Just like how a tie or belt can make or break an outfit, a simple change of a watch strap can update the entire look of the watch and the 2017 Geophysic Universal Time rightly reflects this notion.
Comprising five satin-brushed and polished links, the new bracelet is ideal for going in the water and is easy to wear with a contemporary look. The ingenious folding clasp can be adjusted quickly and, with the lever system that releases the bars easily, changing bracelets is pretty much a no-brainer.
Like most worldtimers, the watch’s dial is often a rather busy affair. However when you look at the Geophysic Universal Time, it is possibly as simple as a worldtimer can get. Aside from the requisite world map, which features an elegant sunray finish, the rest of the dial is kept relatively clean, with clear colour codes for the cities and 24-hour ring markers.
Housed in a well-built 41.6mm stainless steel case with a sapphire caseback, the watch’s design harks back to vintage dress watches of old with its fairly standard polished bezel, caseband, lugs, and fluted crown.
While the watch takes a very vintage approach in terms of design, inside the Geophysic Universal Time beats a modern engine. Featuring the famous Gyrolab component, the automatic Calibre 772 sees the surface area of the balance reduced, thus having it move around less air, making for a more efficient and accurate movement.
Now back to the deadbeat seconds hand. Otherwise known as a true seconds complication, it’s a feature often associated with quartz watches. Imagine the second’s hand behaving the same way as it might on a quartz watch, with a distinct jump for each second. This is quite a draw for enthusiasts as the deadbeat seconds is often lauded to be much more accurate as one can precisely tell time down to the second with its tick sound.
Although Jaeger-LeCoultre is more often associated with the Reverso, the Geophysic demonstrates that the brand has so much more to offer, both of high performance and understated allure.
|41.6mm, stainless steel|
Blue, lacquered, applique hour markers with sunray finish for the continents and luminescent points on the flange
|Jaeger-LeCoultre Automatic Calibre 772|
|Polished and satin-brushed steel links with fast interchangeable system|
|Hours, minutes, true seconds, universal time, summer time indicator, 24-hour day/night indication|
Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.
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