It has been 25 years since Jaeger-LeCoultre first unveiled the Master Control collection in 1992. An embodiment of the sophisticated watchmaking tradition carefully cultivated by the Swiss manufacturer, it combines the classic aesthetics and technical performance that illustrate the quality of the Jaeger-LeCoultre movements.
Now on the collection’s 25th anniversary, the Manufacture is presenting a new expression of the line’s three emblematic functions: date, chronograph and geographic complication – three functions of everyday utility that have made the Master Control line into a resounding success.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has created new anniversary versions of the Master Control Date, the Master Chronograph and the Master Geographic.
The classicism that characterises the collection is augmented by the vintage charme of these pieces, driven by automatic movements and enhanced with touches of blue. This navy shade echoes across the dial like a leitmotif, in the skeletonised baton hands and the blue central seconds, as well as in the complications and the minute circle. As an elegant accompaniment to these new faces, a strap of alligator leather takes up the shade of blue.
Master Control Date
The clean, rounded lines of the Master Control Date reflect the essence of the collection. The emblematic numerals 6, 9 and 12 of the Master Control collection retained, with the 3 making way for a date indication.
The 39 mm case houses an automatic movement. The crystal case back reveals the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 899/1 with its gold oscillating weight.
The Master Chronograph follow’s the Master Control collection’s distinctive aesthetic lines, featuring a contemporary design inspired by vintage styling. The chronograph features two counters indicating hours and minutes. Their invigorating blue color is echoed in the blued hands and the tachymeter that runs around the outer perimeter. The 40-mm diameter case bears two push-pieces on the case-band which makes the chronograph easy to use.
The Master Georgraphic is the emblematic model of the Master Control collection, providing travellers with a second time zone. The aperture in the lower section of the dial displays the names of 24 world cities, representing all time zones. A crown set at 10 o’clock on the case adjusts this complication.
The case of the watch measures 39 mm in diameter. It houses the Caliber 939B/1, a automatic mechanical movement, which provides a power reserve of 43 hours.
A subtle play of light weaves across the surface of these models, the polished finish and lugs forms a contrast with the satin-brushed case-band. On the face of each watch, a circular satin-brushed finish in the outer sections sets off the opaline finish at the heart of the dial. The contrast is further heightened by black hour-markers at the centre of the watch.
All cases are made from stainless-steel and water-resistant up to 5 atm.