The Master Control collection is inspired by the Maison’s iconic round timepieces from the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Memovox and Futurematic, with their harmonious proportions and understated style. Jaeger Le-coultre has been really dominating the classic watches category in the market. This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre widened its collection with the new Master Control Chronograph Calendar in pink gold with a black dial.
With its 40mm diameter, outwardly sloping bezel, and dynamically curved lugs, the pink gold Master Control case exudes a relaxed and understated elegance. Satin-brushing on the case-sides and lugs is complemented by the polished bezel, crowns, and lug bevels. Refined details abound, including bas-relief engravings on the back bezel and a sapphire crystal case-back to reveal the finely finished and decorated movements.
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Enhancing this timeless style, rectangular chronograph pushers add a purposeful, modern air to the well-proportioned 12.05mm thick case. A black alligator leather strap adds allure to the pink gold case, honouring a classically elegant aesthetic that has been appreciated for many generations.
Anchored by the clean, modern lines of the case, myriad refined details highlight the chronograph and calendar displays. The dial is framed by a pulsometer scale marked around the flange, which, in keeping with tradition, is marked in red.
The indications for the two complications are balanced in a dial layout that is timeless, straightforward, and intuitive to read, despite the complexity of the information shown. The 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock is balanced by the running seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, while the day and month windows in the upper section of the dial are balanced by the circular moon-phase and date indicator at 6 o’clock.
The finely textured ‘azurage’ finish on these three sub-dials, and the rich blue of the moon-phase indicator create a subtle and pleasing contrast to the vibrant black of the sunray-brushed dial, which captures and reflects the light with the movements of the wearer’s wrist. Legibility is further enhanced by the contrast between the warm pink gold tone of the Dauphine hands and the applied trapezoidal indexes.
A fine example of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s technically sophisticated and mechanically elegant watchmaking, the Master Control Chronograph Calendar is powered by the automatic Calibre 759. An integrated chronograph movement with a 65-hour power reserve, it features a column-wheel chronograph mechanism with vertical clutch, allied to a triple calendar with moon-phase display.
The fine finishing, visible through the sapphire crystal case-back, includes Côtes de Genève, blued screws, and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s emblematic open-worked gold rotor bearing the ‘JL’ motif. Like all of the Maison’s calibres, the movement was entirely designed, produced, finished, and assembled within its own Manufacture at Le Sentier, in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux.