This year marks the 30th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Control, launched in 1992 as a demonstration of the manufacture’s commitment to the very highest levels of watchmaking excellence. To fete its three decades, this collection was recently enriched with two stainless steel models that boast sunray-finished dials in a refined shade of blue.
All the essential design elements of the Master Collection can be found in the new Master Control Date and the Master Control Calendar, including features such as the combination of applied Arabic numerals with faceted dart markers for the hours, faceted dauphine hour and minute hands, and bevelled case lugs that curve towards the strap attachment point. The slim case bezels bring an open feel to the 40mm cases, symbolic of the inherent versatility in this case diameter.
Within these new models beat two Jaeger-LeCoultre in-house automatic movements. The Calibre 899 of the Master Control Date and the Calibre 866 of the Master Control Calendar have 70 hours of power reserve each, bringing close to three days of running autonomy even when they are not being worn. Both watches come with matching blue straps in calf leather fitted with a quick-change mechanism, allowing the wearer to easily switch between a range of straps for a completely different look.
The Master Control Date and Master Control Calendar are available for RM36,300 and RM55,000 respectively. See here for more information.
This article first appeared on May 9, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.