Useful functions along with understated elegance combined with remarkable design work: the Master Calendar is in a class of its own. And the new model revealed by the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2013 further accentuates this originality: it possesses all the attributes that have forged the success of the Master Control line, as well as the characteristics of a timepiece that has written some of the finest chapters in watchmaking history. Nonetheless, its enduring appeal shows up in a subtly different interpretation featuring a resized 39 mm-diameter case.
In 1945, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled a calendar watch featuring the kind of pure lines that asserted themselves throughout the latter half of the 20th century. It served as a source of inspiration for all the contemporary Master Calendar models, and continues to appeal to watchmaking enthusiasts with a taste for elegance and precision.
The new Master Calendar is self-evidently loyal to its design philosophy: clear-cut lines, harmoniously arranged indications ensuring instant read-off, traditionally-shaped numerals, applied hour-markers, the Jaeger-LeCoultre signature at 12 o’clock, along with the “AUTOMATIC” inscription at 6 o’clock serving as a visual reminder of the performance of Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 866. Reassured by these similarities, which are a pledge of trustworthiness, the eye of the connoisseur then naturally looks for the subtle differences.
Two of these essential dissimilarities are gradually revealed. On the one hand, the case appears in a slightly smaller 39 mm diameter, designed to adapt to the curve of any wrist. Its harmonious proportions are also largely due to a new element: its 10.6 mm thickness – an authentic horological feat for a case housing an automatic movement with a complete calendar.
After reducing the diameter and the thickness, the engineers made way for the designers who slimmed down the lugs and the bezel so as to further accentuate the elegance of an overall vision in which technical aspects are dedicated to the cause of aesthetic elegance.
|Movement||:||Mechanical automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 866, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand|
|Frequency||:||28,800 vibrations per hour|
|Dial||:||Sunburst silver-toned for the pink gold and steel versions |
Polished 4N gold-plated appliques for the pink gold version
Polished rhodium-plated appliques for the steel version
4 luminescent dots at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock
|Hands||:||Dauphine-type (with superluminova)|
|Functions||:||Hour, minute, seconds, day, month, date, moon phases|
|Case||:||Pink gold and steel entirely polished|
|Water resistance||:||5 atm|
|Strap||:||Pink gold version: alligator leather, pink gold pin buckle |
Steel version: alligator leather, steel folding clasp
|References||:||155 25 20 (pink gold) |
155 84 20 (steel)