Six-figure price tags are a dime a dozen over the show floor. When I first watched the new Master Control Date with a business dial in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s stall, I knew I needed to find a time with it in my wrist, but when each conversation I had with journalists, collectors, and other business buddies kept coming back to a $5,700 time-and-date watch, I knew we had something special on our hands.Openworked tourbillons and decimal dramatic watches are great, sure, but if we’re being honest, they are show pieces more than anything else. Very few will ever be produced, and very few will ever really be worn out-and-about. I’m not saying I do not like these kinds of watches — I find them endlessly fascinating and lust-worthy — just that I find watches like this Jaeger-LeCoultre far more persuasive in the long run. It’s a simple watch which provides actual watchmaking indoors, has a distinctive design, and comes in at a cost that makes it cheap to a comparatively large swathe of the watch-loving population.Let’s look at how the new sector dial Master Control Date came about and then dig into the details of the watch itself.The Master Control collection made its debut to Jaeger-LeCoultre back in 1992. The idea was to create a line of watches which represented the values of pure, classic watchmaking, having a focus on simple aesthetics, performance, hi-tech, and long-term functionality. Along with the first collection of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre started its “1,000 Hours Control” quality check program, which topics finished watches into a six-week program of tests. Including impacts, temperature changes, movement through six positions, water resistance, and much more — it’s all pretty standard stuff today (though six months is a great deal of time for something like this), however in 1992 this was basically unheard of.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Geographic Silver Dial Automatic Men's Alligator Leather Watch Q1428530

As I noted above, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon does not use the deceased beat seconds complication – however that I didn’t miss it. What it does include from the bigger Geophysic collection is your in-house-made and -designed Gyrolab balance wheel. I am pretty sure we’re safe to assume that this is actually the first time that the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrolab equilibrium wheel was put inside of a tourbillon-equipped timepiece.The flying tourbillon seems to come right out of the dialup, which is enhanced by the fact that most of the dial is domed and three-dimensional as it is. What is very cool to see is how the tourbillon literally orbits around the dial (some people would call that a tourbillon in a tourbillon) with world-time disk. Yes, it does block reading some of the dial just a little bit, but no real functionality is missing with the inclusion of this tourbillon. This is an excellent mixture of elements for men and women who really like world-timers and that also want the mechanical complexity (and luxury standing) of a tourbillon.Adding to overall practicality in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon is the fact that the movement is an automatic. This handy mechanism with its beauty and utility is the in-house-made Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 948 automatic motion. Running at 4Hz (28,800bph) the movement has 48 hours of power reserve and is created from 375 parts. It doesn’t have the extreme lavish ending of some tourbillons which could be somewhat more costly – but then again, you are not spending that much money while still getting what many would consider a grail. This view prices just like a high heeled yet stock-production luxury European car. You could go for something more private and expensive, but you know they will not really serve their intended purpose any better than this.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Geographic Silver Dial Automatic Men's Alligator Leather Watch Q1428530

Jaeger-LeCoultre asserts that guilloche-style machine engraving can be used for the appearance of the oceans on the “Earth dial” that is at the center of the world-time screen disk. It’s not a particularly beneficial dial center, but it is visually attractive and is exactly what some people feel makes the Geophysic, nicely, the Geophysic. Additional Geophysic watch collection themes along that same vein include little points of luminant applied around the periphery of this dial.On the wrist, so you get a coherently “real” tool watch with the added appeal of decoration together with the blue lacquer-covered guilloche partial-globe, precious substances in the platinum case, and of course, mechanical exclusivity in the haute horology motion. Obviously, this all comes at a cost. Future versions in less valuable metal may cost somewhat less, but the limited edition of 100 bits reference Q8126420 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time Tourbillon in platinum is priced at about $145,000. Bucking the current trend in watchmaking in which ‘old’ is hot, but ‘too-old’ is not, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso spent the entire year celebrating its 85th birthday with the Tribute Calendar announced at SIHH 2016 — a totally modern, yet carefully preserved icon which we recently had an opportunity to encounter in 18k rose gold. A totally gorgeous dual faced watch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar watch will make fans drool. Even people a little more tired of this omnipresent Reverso will probably understand that the execution of watches like this one is exactly why the line has come to define Jaeger-LeCoultre, for better or worse.85 years is a very long moment. For perspective, in 1931 when the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso debuted as an early genuinely purpose-built ‘sport’ watch, Herbert Hoover was president of the United States and a loaf of bread cost 8 cents. And in all that time because, the Reverso has largely escaped major change to its double-sided swiveling case arrangement and art deco design terminology, yielding one of those impossibly classic watches which simply never gets old — quite literally and figuratively. And while it’s awfully easy to lose count of the myriad of versions we’ve seen over time, one thing is certain — the Reverso is a veritable time capsule, beloved and easily counted amongst the ranks of different icons like the Rolex Submariner, Omega Speedmaster Professional, or the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak — only this watch predates the aforementioned by multiple decades each.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Geographic Silver Dial Automatic Men's Alligator Leather Watch Q1428530
Silver-tone stainless steel case with a navy blue alligator leather strap. Fixed silver-tone stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with blue hands and index-Arabic numerals hour markers. Dial Type: Analog. One- 12-24 hour subdials. Jaeger LeCoultre Calibre 939B/1 automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Case size: 39 mm. Case thickness: 11.77 mm. Round case shape. Water resistant at 50 meters / 165 feet. Functions: GMT, second time zone, hour, minute, second. Luxury watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Jaeger LeCoultre Master Geographic Silver Dial Automatic Mens Alligator Leather Watch Q1428530.

Information


  • Jaeger LeCoultre

  • Q1428530

  • Men’s

  • Swiss Made

  • Automatic

  • Jaeger LeCoultre Calibre 939B/1

  • 40 hours

Case


  • 39 mm

  • 11.77 mm

  • Stainless Steel

  • Round

Dial


  • Analog

  • Silver

  • Scratch Resistant Sapphire

  • Blue

  • Index-Arabic Numerals

  • One- 12-24 Hour

  • Fixed

Band


  • Strap

  • Alligator Leather

  • Blue

Features


  • 50 meters / 165 feet

  • GMT, Second Time Zone, Hour, Minute, Second

  • Alligator Leather, GMT, Leather, Stainless Steel, Time Zone

Additional Info


  • Luxury Watches
  • 2 Year Jomashop Warranty



  • 7630007191130

  • JLC-Q1428530

  • Watches

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