What is a dress watch? For many, it requires a compact body and an enameled or engine-turned dial with classic hands. You know, the usual stuff. The 2014 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite (refs. Q1558421 & Q1552540) features the classic dial layout spiced with a dial plate cut from a real meteorite. The material is not terribly rare: eBay is teeming with all sorts of celestial stones ready to mail. Yet, it usually takes a skilled artisan to cut the stone (or a slug) at a particular angle that allows it to truly shine. Jaeger-LeCoultre designed this gorgeous new model with nerds in mind. It targets high-school dropouts who made their fortune offering the world software or services that makes our life a lot easier.
Back in December 2010, when the Swiss manufacturer was going to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its iconic 1931 Reverso model, the brand has introduced an outstanding Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 Limited Edition. The timekeeper proved to be so popular among thousands of fans that exactly a year later JLC introduced an even more appealing Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge Hand-Wound, and a later year still a splendid Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface Bleu. This year, the company introduces Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 (ref. Q2782560) that features a slightly different, but an even more historically correct dial.
The year 2012 wasn’t exactly rewarding for the better part of the population. Greece didn’t default, Doomsday didn’t happen and Valve yet again failed to deliver HL:3. However, there were certain bright spots, too: Spain emerged victorious in the 2012 UEFA Euro cup and the European politicians somehow managed to prevent collapse of the single currency. The watchmakers from Europe and Japan, too, managed to introduce a number of great watches, although there was nothing truly revolutionary neither in terms of design, nor technical characteristics (here I am talking about mass-produced models, not some ultra-expensive one-offs).
The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin AMVOX7 automatic chronograph (Ref. 194T470) not only brings you a winning combination of a refined, ultra-lightweight titanium body and a high-tech in-house movement, but also offers a highly unusual circular (!) bi-retrograde (!) power reserve indicator that displays the gadget’s remaining operating time right on the timekeeper’s skeletonized chapter ring.
The minimalistic Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche (Ref. Q1372520) series was presented during the SIHH 2012 show. Equipped with power reserve indicators, members of the new collection were thinner, more legible, and even more elegant than previous iterations.
The slightly facelifted 2012 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control is (at least the version in a discreet -and also way more affordable- stainless steel body, ref. Q1548420) a nice entry-level model for those buying their first “Real Swiss Made” timekeeper.
For the year 2012, the Swiss watchmaking giant that became a legend after the introduction of its pre-war Reverso model, has prepared a defiantly post-modern Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge (ref. Q278856J): a new version of its limited edition Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 timepiece (refs. Q2788570 & Q2782521) that was presented exactly a year ago on December 2010.
This year JLC has updated its Perpetual Calendar collection with the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Eight Days Perpetual 40 (ref. Q1612520). Now available in an 18-karat rose gold case and still featuring the same sophisticated, slightly off-white dial with lots of sub-dials and other indicators, the timekeeper still makes a strong impression and maybe an interesting choice for a person looking for a dressy “complication” watch.
The Swiss Grande Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre has recently revealed a limited edition of its popular (albeit expensive) AMVOX5 model that was created together with the British luxury sports car maker Aston Martin. Called Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1 (ref. Q193J480), the watch will be produced in a limited run of only 250 pieces with most of them probably going into heavily guarded vaults of the British automaker’s most valued customers.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the Jaeger-LeCoultre has issued a special limited edition of their iconic Reverso model. The 2011 Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Special Italian Edition will be sold in a limited lot of only 150 pieces. Something tells me that most (if not all) of these spec. ed. wristwatches will go directly to the brand’s Italian boutiques, which is a pity, because, you know: collector’s value.