If you’re thinking of an exquisite, prudent watch, with a specific old fashioned dandy feel, the Master assortment by Jaeger-LeCoultre has a lot of candidates. We’ve seen various models in the past – QP , Moon , or even the cool Sector Dial releases – and they all offer that downplayed, perfect, thin, non-pompous class that makes them ageless. As a feature of the SIHH 2019 (divulged with most extreme prudence) was a refreshed form of the leader model, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon. Calm yet complex!
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master isn’t a ‘show-offy’ assortment. Moderation is the usable word here and is, truth be told, part of its appeal. Some will discover it marginally bereft of interest, notwithstanding, for some, it is a watch that mirrors their tastefulness and tactful style. Somewhat like those old Jaguar cars, which were undeniably less overflowing than Italian roadsters and less ground-breaking than German vehicles, yet nevertheless undeniably seriously enchanting. Engaging in its restraint and refinement, the new Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon is a precisely complex watch that keeps things subtle.
There was at that point a Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon in the assortment before, a watch that was accessible in white gold or pink gold. Today, the brand acquaints an inconspicuous update with the model, with new subtleties on the dial, marginally various extents and an improved movement.
The instance of the new Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon holds its generally little breadth of 40mm, with the common state of the assortment – thin casebands, cleaned surfaces, tight bezel, and short hauls. The principal model introduced is, for the occasion, the present 18k pink gold adaptation, with a totally cleaned case. White gold will unquestionably follow later. The case has been diminished in stature to 10.77mm (beforehand 11.3mm), regardless of a development that is a smidgen thicker. Not per se paper thin, yet respectable for a programmed tourbillon.
On the wrist, no curve balls. The watch is very comfortable, refined and inconspicuous. It can undoubtedly be worn as a tuxedo watch or with formal attire. Aside from the noticeable opening for the tourbillon, the plan is understated.
Dial-side, the new Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon likewise presents (amazingly) unpretentious developments. The somewhat grained surface of the dial is combined with a warm and lovely eggshell tone, completely coordinating the warm tone of the pink gold case. The hands hold the exemplary double completion (half cleaned, half brushed) of the assortment and the fundamental update respects the more extended hour lists, which are plated and facetted.
Another update can be valued on the tourbillon, which is as yet encircled by a little seconds track however now includes a blued triple hand on top. The extension has been transformed from a twofold curved shape to a solitary, reflect cleaned and adjusted arm getting over the tourbillon confine – outwardly more wonderful, with a more pleasant completion and taking into account a superior perspective on the tourbillon’s ballet.
The entire development has likewise been refreshed in this Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon. Still programmed with a focal rotor, actually beating at 4Hz and highlighting a titanium carriage for the tourbillon, its embellishment has changed and now includes emanating Geneva stripes. The view through the sapphire caseback is wonderful. Our lone complaint would be the length of the force save, which is just 45 hours.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon is worn on an earthy colored crocodile tie with a pin clasp. It is presently accessible in JLC stores and on the brand’s site, at a cost of EUR 71,000. More subtleties at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com .