Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Flagship Special Edition (Ref. 278853L)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 London Green Dial Edition - Perpetuelle

Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its new London flagship boutique with a very, very limited, special edition of the Reverso Ultra Thin 1931.  The lacquered dial defines the watch — so distinguished in British racing green!  Reverso enthusiasts love a well colored dial — since 2012 JLC has introduced four such models in the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin case: a chocolate brown dial (2014), a white dial with blue indications (2014), a blue dial (2013) and a red dial (2012). All inspired by original models from the 1930s.  The green model is a welcome addition to the palette.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2 blue dial detail - Perpetuelle

A new reference joins the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB series.  The main news here is the new blue color, which joins the red-accented ref 203T540 (US $55,500) which debuted in 2010.  The ceramic bezel is styled slightly different, among other minor tweaks.

For those new to the Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2, I will quickly run down its features.  It is a targeted at the adventurer/explorer (in body or spirit) in form and function.  It has a titanium alloy case, black ceramic bezel, openworked dial, a patented digital counter to indicate the chronograph jumping seconds, a manual stop seconds device, and a patented radial power-reserve indication (the white & blue segments around the periphery of the dial).  The functions of winding/time setting/date & dual-time adjustment handled via are crown-integrated function selector.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2

ref 203T540

46.8mm x 16.5mm TiVan15 (a JLC-exclusive titanium alloy) case, openworked dial, automatic mechanical JLC Caliber 780 (column-wheel chronograph, black PVD-coated bridges

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2 blue - PerpetuelleThe Master Compressor Extreme LAB also has a GMT function. The second time zone, which displays the time in the owner’s usual place of residence, is shown by a second central hours hand, complete with a 24-hour display at 6 o’clock.   The time zone is adjusted via a crown-integrated function selector and also drives the date in both forwards or backwards directions.  A large “instant jump” double-digit counter situated at 12 o’clock indicates the chronograph minutes; the chronograph hours totalizer is located at 9 o’clock, coaxially with the movement seconds.

Price will likely be same as the red reference ($55,500).  You can get the full specs over at JLC>>>

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon

SIHH 2015  first look…

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Spherotourbillon Moon dark background

After my recent preview of the new meteorite-dial Master Calendars from Jaeger-LeCoultre coming in 2015, here’s a sneak peek at something a bit more complicated.  This is not an entirely new model from JLC, but rather an extension of the Duometre / Spherotourbillon series — now with an added moon-phase indicator.   This watch carries on with its two namesake innovations, the Duometre and the Spherotourbillon, a masterfully executed bi-axial tourbillon.

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Introducing the 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with Meteorite Stone Dial

First look…SIHH 2015…

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with meteorite stone dials

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.

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