At SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre Launches Three New Vintage-Inspired Watches

A modest contrast to the rest of the show.

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Eric Yang

In 1992, Jaeger-LeCoultre first debuted its Master Control line, and to celebrate 25 years, JLC is launching three new commemorative editions — the Master Control Date, Master Chronograph and Master Geographic — each repping vintage style and relatively modest price tags, considering most of the high-end absurdity SIHH has yielded so far.

The Master Control Date is not only the entry point into this collection, but also the entry point into mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre watches. At $5,700, it undercuts the standard Master Control Date by over $1,000 and adds a beautiful silver and white “sector” dial with blue accents and open hands in the process. It’s powered by JLC’s thin, workhorse caliber 889/1 automatic and the stainless steel case couldn’t be more perfectly sized at 39mm in diameter and 8.5mm thick.

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The Master Chronograph (left) and the Master Control Date (right).

For those craving complications with the same vintage looks, the design can be had in chronograph and dual-timezone flavors. The former gets JLC’s caliber 751G, an automatic chronograph with a 65-hour power reserve. Subsequently, the watch gets a slight bump in size to 40mm in diameter and 12.1mm thick and will retail for $8,000. The latter gets caliber 939B/1, which bestows the Master Control with a subdial and indicator that can display a second time zone. The Master Geographic will come in at 39mm in diameter and 11.8mm thick, with a $9,400 pricetag.

For a show that has debuted some of the most expensive and radically-designed watches we’ve ever seen, it’s nice to see Jaeger-LeCoultre bring us back down to earth with something a bit more modest. Especially considering that the overall industry is trending towards smaller, more affordable watches with vintage looks, it’s a solid precursor to what we can expect to see from the rest of the watch industry in 2017.

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