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The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar

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(Above pics from hodinkee.imgix.net and, below  i.dmarge.com)

 

 

 

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control collection goes back to 1992, and is named after the company’s 1000-Hours Control Certification, launched for the first time with the Master Control range and especially novel because it involved testing the cased-up completed watch rather than just the movement. The Master Control line has recently been revamped and at the top of the tree stands a chronograph calendar model that, within the confines of a classic vintage design for this type of complicated watch, sets a very high standard, both aesthetically and technically. If the style harks back to the middle of the 20th century, the movements have not remained static in technological modernity and have been upgraded across the Master Control range, with such features as silicon parts for the escapement and redesigned barrels in order to prolong power reserve. Given the long history of the company and its experience with horological complications, it may seem odd that the new Master Control Chronograph Calendar represents a first for Jaeger Le-Coultre in its triple calendar with moonphase combination of complications. And with this novel combination of displays, Jaeger-LeCoultre have logically provided a new movement for the watch, the caliber JLC 759.

The JLC caliber 759 is not the most beautiful of chronograph movements in spite of its gold rotor bearing the JLC motif, Geneva waves, and blued screws; nevertheless, owners probably won’t feel too let down by the view of the movement through the sapphire display back. The new caliber 759 is based on the JLC caliber 751 movement and is a column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch. Caliber 759 runs with 41 jewels at a frequency of 28,800 bph and has a lengthy power reserve of 65 hours.

 

 

 

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(Above pics  from hodinkee.imgix.net and, top, from static.watchtime.me)

 

 

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control collection goes back to 1992, and is named after the company’s 1000-Hours Control Certification, launched for the first time with the Master Control range and especially novel because it involved testing the cased-up completed watch rather than just the movement. The Master Control line has recently been revamped and at the top of the tree stands a chronograph calendar model that, within the confines of a classic vintage design for this type of complicated watch, sets a very high standard, both aesthetically and technically. If the style harks back to the middle of the 20th century, the movements have not remained static in technological modernity and have been upgraded across the Master Control range, with such features as silicon parts for the escapement and redesigned barrels in order to prolong power reserve. Given the long history of the company and its experience with horological complications, it may seem odd that the new Master Control Chronograph Calendar represents a first for Jaeger Le-Coultre in its triple calendar with moonphase combination of complications. And with this novel combination of displays, Jaeger-LeCoultre have logically provided a new movement for the watch, the caliber JLC 759.

 The JLC caliber 759 is not the most beautiful of chronograph movements in spite of its gold rotor bearing the JLC motif, Geneva waves, and blued screws; nevertheless, owners probably won’t feel too let down by the view of the movement through the sapphire display back. The new caliber 759 is based on the JLC caliber 751 movement and is a column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch. Caliber 759 runs with 41 jewels at a frequency of 28,800 bph and has a lengthy power reserve of 65 hours.

 

 

 

 

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(Above two pics from timeandtidewatches.com)

 

 

 

Although the movement powering the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar is a fine piece of micro-engineering with excellent performance parameters, it is the silvered white sunray dial of the watch that is the real joy, beautifully proportioned and laid out in such a way that readability is excellent. Close attention has been paid to the size, shape and finish of centre and register hands used, in addition to the size and clarity of the registers, in order achieve elegance as well as ease of visibility. Around the edge of the dial, between the minute marks and the bezel, Jaeger-LeCoultre have included a pulsometric scale instead of the more usual telemeter; the pulsometer scale is used in conjunction with the chronograph (or even an accurate central sweep hand will do) to measure pulse/heart rate and is somewhat old-school these days on watches. Advice is available online on how to use  this feature.

The 40 mm case of the watch comes in either stainless steel or La Grande Rose gold, and the watch is 12.05 mm thick with a water resistance of 5 ATM; note the sporty-looking rectangular chronograph buttons. In terms of strap, Presto spring lugs offer a quick change between classical alligator or chocolate brown tanned calfskin Novanappa straps. The watch is guaranteed for 8 years and priced at $14,000 or £12,900 for the stainless steel version and $26,000 if you want to go for gold.

In conclusion, I find this watch to be a very beautiful example of its style genre. Although it follows the best design practise of much earlier examples of this wristwatch genre, there is no hiding the fact that we are looking at a modern watch; it is all so well integrated that we feel no clash of conflict between old and new. Indeed, this watch gets pretty close to being “timeless.”

 

 

 

 (Above video from youtube.com)

  

 

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Thumbs up from me... obviously I wont be rushing out as I have the non-chronograph version in white gold.   

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It's wonderful. I'd love it. Once someone else checks the visibility of the SS model. I had a SS dial, bezel, markers and hands watch before, it wasn't the easiest to tell the time with, so it went back.

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