Watches & Wonders 2020: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Practicality and robustness rule at Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar
Master Control Chronograph Calendar

Whether Jaeger-LeCoultre had intended it or not, the new Master Control watches that dominate its Watches & Wonders 2020 releases are very apt for these times. A pioneering collection that was the first to survive the brand’s stringent ‘1000 Hours Control’ in-house certification test back in 1992 (hence the name), the Master Control timepieces promise extreme hardiness and strength – the very same qualities that we must muster right now.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date
Master Control Date

With the exception of the Master Control Chronograph Calendar, the other three new Master Control watches – Master Control Calendar, Master Control Date and Master Control Geographic – are existing models in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s repertoire. That said, the brand has taken care to upgrade the mechanical performance of the new additions.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar
Master Control Calendar 

The in-house automatic Calibres 866, 899 and 939, which power the Master Control Calendar, Master Control Date, and Master Control Geographic, respectively this year, are fitted with new silicon escapements, redesigned barrels and other energy-saving features. The re-engineered movements promise greater reliability and precision, as well as 70 hours of power reserve, compared to 43 hours in previous movements.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic

In the Master Control Chronograph Calendar, we have a debutant to whet the appetite of complication-hungry enthusiasts. True to the Master Control's spirit, the watch’s aesthetic eschews the superfluous; its round case in stainless steel (or new-fangled red gold alloy ‘Le Grand Rose), and sharp, geometrically attuned dial display the result of an austere design approach that emphasises functionality.

On the inside, though, there is mechanical artistry to complement the performance, courtesy of the brand’s newly developed in-house movement. The Calibre 759 column-wheel, bi-compax chronograph with vertical clutch and triple calendar with moon-phase display brings together the two complications in a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch for the first time. A great addition to Jaeger-LeCoultre's formidable and extensive line-up of in-house movements, and it's certain that this won’t be the last we see of this new engine.

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Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.


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