Combining a triple calendar, moon-phase and chronograph in a handsome looking wristwatch is no easy task, but Jaeger-LeCoultre rises to the challenge and presents the new Master Control Chronograph Calendar as the flagship model in the revamped Master Control collection this year.
Available in stainless steel or rose gold, The watch’s case measures 40 mm in diameter and 12.5 mm thick, with an array of satin-brushed and polished finishes and a sapphire exhibition caseback showcasing the new movement, the self-winding Caliber 759.
The silvered sun-ray dial is a study in balance as it deftly combines the watch’s suite of functions in a pleasing layout: day and month in a double window below 12 o’clock; sub-dials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock for 30 chronograph minutes and running seconds, respectively; moon phase bordered by a date scale at 6 o’clock. Faceted hands indicate time, applied wedge indices mark the hours, and the flange has a vintage-style pulsometer scale. While the flange and sub-dials have a snailed finish, the central chronograph seconds hand and sub-dial minutes counter hand are in blued steel.
A new manufacture movement, Caliber 759, powers this watch. Among the movement’s technical highlights are a column wheel with vertical clutch to drive the chronograph functions and a 65-hour power reserve. Two rectangular pushers flanking the fluted, engraved crown control the chronograph’s stop, start, and reset operations. Like all calibers in JLC’s Master collection, it has passed the rigorous tests necessary to earn the maison’s “1000 Hours Control” certification — including being tested in six positions over a six-week period to reproduce all the conditions the watch could be worn under, taking into account temperature variations, accidental impacts, power-reserve capacity, and water resistance.
As mentioned earlier, the flagship timepiece in the Master Control collection is offered in either a stainless steel or rose gold case and mounted on either a Novonappa calf leather or alligator leather strap. Prices are $14,500 in steel and $26,000 for the model in “Le Grande Rose Gold.”