At SIHH 2010, Jaeger-LeCoultre has unveiled the new Master Compressor Extreme LAB2. This watch is sure to be the star of the JLC booth. The design, colors, and layout are very sporty and appealing. It is available in a titanium alloy called TiVan 15 or rose gold, the case (46.8 x 16.5mm). Both models have black zirconium-ceramic bezels and crowns.
The skeleton dial design has a lot of information, but it is still very easy to read, especially with the mechanical digital chronograph minutes indicator at 12 o’clock. Inside, is either a JLC in-house Caliber 780 or 781. Both versions feature a 60-hour power reserve and run at 28,800 vph, but the 781 also features an advanced antimagnetic silicon escapement. An oscillating weight (automatic-rotor) is mounted on high-tech lubricant-free ball bearings.
The chronograph displays 1/8th of a second accuracy. The chronograph is a vertical clutch with a column-wheel, which is the best way to make a chronograph. Another unique feature is the function selector which is activated by pressing the crown. It allows control of all the functions, without pulling out the crown. The Extreme LAB 2, is further proof, that Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the best watch manufactures on the planet. Whether it is a Gyrotourbillon, or a dual-powered movement, or a high-tech chronograph, like this one, Jaeger is capable of designing, manufacturing, and assembling it – from start to finish.