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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control with new Sector Dials

Jason Pitsch

Jaeger-LeCoultre first debuted the Master Control collection in 1992 – so the Le Brassus-based watchmaker created three new variations this year for its 25th anniversary. The new models are not re-editions but rather retro editions, with open baton hands and new sector dials. The three watch models are the Master Control Date - 39 mm x 8.5 mm, the Master Control Chronograph - 40 mm x 12.1 mm, and the Master Control Geographic - 39 mm x 11.8 mm. All three versions maintain the same case diameter, are crafted in stainless steel and have the same respective movements (JLC calibers 899, 751, 939) as the models that they are based on. However, Jaeger-LeCoultre has managed to slightly reduce the case thickness on all three versions, which, of course, is a plus. The only other changes are to the dials and

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Doctor Strange wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual in steel

Jason Pitsch

Marvel’s newest movie blockbuster Doctor Strange, is a story of a world-famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, whose life is changed by a horrific car accident that takes away the use of his hands. The night of his car accident, Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual, a timepiece that is part of his journey, and that keeps him connected with time – past, present, and future – featuring a love message from actress Rachel McAdams, who plays Christine Palmer, on the caseback that reads “Time will tell you how much I love you ~ Christine.” The timepiece is (pictured in the top photo, in the middle), and is the stainless steel version of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual (with rhodium-plated steel hands and indices, which was launched in 2013, and that we covered

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox Boutique Edition

Jason Pitsch

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Memovox mechanical alarm watch first came out in 1950 – powered by a manually wound movement – followed by an automatic version in 1956. Numerous versions followed, including the highly collectible Memovox Deep Sea and Polaris, and needless to say the iconic alarm watch has remained in the collection ever since. Fast forward to 2016, and to celebrate 60 years since the original automatic Memovox was released, Jaeger-LeCoultre has created a 500 piece limited edition called the Master Memovox Boutique Edition. In designing this modern Memovox, a contemporary 40 mm x 14 mm round stainless steel Master Control case was selected, with the current 4Hz automatic caliber 956 beating inside. However, in creating the dial, inspiration was drawn from the company’s 1970s Memovox Snowdrop model (pictured). Specifically, the design team borrowed the gray-blue dial aesthetic, the baton hands, and

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Atmos 568 by Marc Newson

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Marc Newson first worked together on an Atmos clock back in 2008. And since then they have created a number of collaborations, including here and here. For 2016, Marc Newson worked with the Le Sentier-based manufacture once again to create a unique version of the iconic Atmos clock. The Atmos 568 by Marc Newson clock is housed in a beautiful monoblock Baccarat crystal globe. And like all Atmos clocks, the movement is powered by changes in the temperature of the air. Inside of the crystal-clear housing, the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 568 mechanical movement is fully visible from all angles. Consisting of 211 parts, a glass dial with blue transferred numerals, two-tone blue hands, brushed stainless steel counterweight, and an annular balance wheel with an oscillating period of 60 seconds – the Atmos 568 is both a technical masterpiece and

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Reverso à Eclipse tribute to Vincent van Gogh

Jason Pitsch

This year is the 85th anniversary of the Reverso, and to celebrate Jaeger-LeCoultre partnered with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to present a second series of the Reverso à Eclipse watch in tribute to Vincent van Gogh (the first series was offered in 2015 featuring his famous “Sunflowers”). The second series Reverso à Eclipse tribute to Vincent van Gogh features an enameled dial painting of one of Van Gogh’s most iconic paintings, a self-portrait from 1887-1888, which is a permanent part of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Crafted in platinum, the classic reversible case has the unique ability to transform the dial via a wheel on the case flank at 2 o’clock, which opens and closes shutters on the dial, revealing three different versions of the dial – giving it the à Eclipse designation. It is fitting that

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SIHH Preview: Jaeger-LeCoultre 85th Anniversary Reverso Collection

Jason Pitsch

In 2016, to celebrate 85 years since the original Reverso line was launched (1931), Jaeger-LeCoultre will debut three special collections at SIHH in January: the Reverso Classic, Reverso Tribute, and Reverso One. At this time, Jaeger-LeCoultre has only released info on the Reverso Classic and Tribute lines. The Reverso One is a new feminine collection that will be revealed January 18th, 2016 at the opening of SIHH. Reverso Classic The Reverso Classic comes in a stainless steel case, available in three sizes: small (34 mm x 21 mm x 7.40 mm), medium (40 mm x 24.4 mm x 7.40 mm), and large (45.6 mm x 27.4 x 9.70 mm). The small version is powered by a quartz JLC Caliber 657 movement, and the larger two are powered by the JLC Caliber 965 automatic mechanical movement. The dial is has a

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REVIEW: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time

Josh Shanks

Background This summer while vacationing in Turkey, I got the bug. Not just any bug, but the type where you get a watch stuck in your head and can’t move on with your life until you cure the fever. The watch in question was a world timer. While sailing on the Cunard Queen Victoria (which is a lovely experience), I sat on my balcony and dreamed of future travel. Southeast Asia, Egypt, Africa, or a world cruise? As a frequent traveler with a serious case of wanderlust, I wondered how I could find a way to travel continuously. Since I still have a full-time job outside of the watch industry, I settled on the next best thing. I would look into purchasing a world timer: a watch that displayed some of my favorite locales and dream vacation spots, and the

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The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic "True Second" and "Universal Time" Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Last night in New York City, at the Clocktower restaurant in the Edition hotel, Jaeger-LeCoultre debuted four new Geophysic models to a group of local watch journalists and collectors. The launch perfectly coincided with the start of the Watches & Wonders trade show, which runs from September 30th to October 3rd in Hong Kong. According to Philippe Bonay, the new Geophysic timepieces, which are powered by all new in-house movements, took four years to develop. To accommodate the new caliber 770 (True Second) and 772 (Universal Time) movements, the cases had to be enlarged to 39.6 mm and 41.6 mm, respectively, compared to the 38.5 mm diameter Tribute to Geophysic 1958 models that were launched just last year, that talked about HERE and HERE. The cases are also a bit thicker at 11.7 mm and 11.84 mm, versus 11.4 mm

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Introducing the Duomètre Unique Travel Time "Métier Rare"

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Jaeger-LeCoultre has just announced a new limited series of the Duomètre Unique Travel Time wristwatch called the Métier Rare. “Métier Rare” is a hand engraving technique that consists of an artisan chiseling away material, and performing movements in all directions using a special graver, resulting in a finely granular and shiny surface. Further, no dial is identical, because it is all done by hand, effectively making each timepiece a unique work of art. Functionally, the watch is the same as the Duomètre Unique Travel Time that we covered HERE and HERE. Limited series of 200 pieces. (Ref. 606 35 40)

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Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Flagship Edition

Jaeger-LeCoultre produced a special 26 piece Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Flagship Edition to celebrate the recent opening of their new 13 Old Bond Street boutique in London. Animated by caliber 822, the iconic timepiece is presented in a stainless steel Ultra Thin 1931 Grande Reverso case (46.8 mm by 27.4 mm). The dial features silvered indexes and hands, and is distinguished by its deep “British Racing” green hue. Appropriately, the caseback is engraved with a drawing of the Palace of Westminster, featuring the famous clocktower – Big Ben. The longtime design director of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Janek Deleskiewicz, drew the image of Big Ben for the caseback. According to Deleskiewicz, “The charm of Big Ben has captured the Manufacture’s imagination for many years. In fact, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre a Grande Sonnerie – one of the most complicated watches in the

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