First look…SIHH 2015…
In an indication of what is to come from Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2015, here is a preview of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with meteorite dial. This is one of several calendar and astronomical themed timepieces we will see from JLC in 2015. The Master Calendar retains its triple calendar dial layout with three apertures and a date pointer, but now with a dial made from a thinly sliced and finished piece of iron meteorite. The meteorite dial gives the Master Calendar a very attractive look, imbuing it with a certain richness and organic look. Though not common, these are not the first meteorite dial watches (Antoine Preziouso stands out in my mind as the watchmaker who introduced me to the use of meteorites in watches many years ago). Jaeger-LeCoultre notes that the meteorite used for the dial was discovered in Sweden, after making its extraterrestrial voyage from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars — more on how these dials achieved their distinctive appearance below.
I rarely feature ladies watches here at Perpetuelle, but when I do they often seem to be pieces by Jaeger-LeCoultre. In fact, the last time I wrote about a ladies watch was June 18, 2012, and yes it was a Jaeger-LeCoultre. In my book, that definitely says something positive about JLC and ladies watches! Now, to the subject at hand — this Ivy Minute Repeater, part of the JLC 2014 lineup, is a truly stunning watch. This is a limited edition of 88 pieces, and it is JLC’s first ever ladies minute repeater.
This eye-catching new grand comp from Jaeger-LeCoultre incorporates three complications: a minute repeater, a flying tourbillon and a zodiacal calendar. The Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication will be produced in an 8-piece white gold limited edition, honoring the exclusivity of the movement (JLC Cal. 945 which first debuted in 2010) and the intricate gem-set case (19.8 carats / 294 total diamonds). It will premiere at (increasingly popular) Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong from September 30th to October 2nd, 2014.
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Here’s the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948 (Ref Q278852J), available exclusively in JLC boutiques at a price tag of $9,450. Cased in steel with a beautiful color-set on the dial, this piece is a boutique exclusive that is sure to please JLC enthusiasts. The Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948 measures 46.8mm x 27.4mm and is a svelte 7.2mm thick. This is largely thanks to the manual wind JLC Cal 822/2 which is itself a mere 2.94mm thin (45 hour power reserve).