Jaeger-LeCoultre has cultivated a masterful reputation since it started working on its elegant watches in 1833. In the following century, it began manufacturing impressively thin, discreet pocket watches that still have the work of an expert beneath them. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master series is probably the closest to resembling these 19th century pieces, but with an updated elegance that appeals to modern collectors. The collection generally does away with the unnecessary, focusing instead on precision and timelessness. It is the first to go through and pass Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 1000-hour test, rightfully earning the name Master.
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Release date: 2015
Price when reviewed: US$8,700.00+
The Master Ultra Thin Moon is among the ranges of the collection, and is utterly charming in appearance. Displaying the moon phases as well the date, the timepiece is elegant despite being a toned down version among the available Master watches. Turning over the watch will also reveal an elaborate maze-looking mechanism, working flawlessly and ensuring precision.
- Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre : 925/1
- Case: Stainless Steel, Water-resistance: 5 bar, Diameter: 39mm, Thickness: 9.9mm
- Functions : Date, Hour, Minute, Moon phases, Seconds
- Components : 253
- Movement : Self-winding, Automatic
- Vibrations per hour : 2880
- Jewels : 30
- Height : 4.90 mm
- Barrel : 1
- Dial : Silvered, Sunray-brushed, Rhodium-plated hour-markers
- Strap/bracelet Leather
Visually, the Master Ultra Thin is simple, and this stays true to the Master’s pledge of keeping it to the essentials. The fine details can be observed in the timepiece, made possible by the clear, slightly domed glass that is also scratch-resistant. Besides the moon phases, the watch is straightforward, showing Jaeger-Coultre’s restraint in design but ensuring that it is easy to read and does not feel cheap. The work encased in the stainless steel is moderately impressive, an in house automatic mechanical movement that has 253 components and packing with a 43-hour reserve.
As with other Master watches, the timepiece has passed through the 1000-hour test, which means that its precision has been tested and remained accurate for almost six weeks. The watch is affordable than most among the company’s lines, making it an attractive offer from the luxury watchmaker.
Despite being dubbed “ultra thin”, the watch actually is of decent dimensions, with a thickness of 9.9mm and a diameter of 39mm. Still slim by our standards, but not ultra thin. The watch will survive intermittent wetness, but it is not designed to work when submerged in water. That’s not the only factor to consider—moisture may also destroy the leather strap. Despite its simplicity in appearance, this is not a low maintenance watch, Jaeger-Coultre suggests maintenance every after four years.
Image credits: Jaeger- LeCoultre (featured image), Govberg Jewelers, Swiss Classic Watches, Monochrome Watches, LUXOS Magazine, Watch Collecting Lifestyle (article images).