The classicism of round watches

  • Le classicisme des montres rondes
In 1992, under the name Master Control, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched what it referred to as “a new generation of classic automatic watches”.

Aesthetically speaking, the Master Control watch was indeed inspired by the legendary classic lines of 1950s models.

Master Ultra Thin Réserve de Marche
The power-reserve display was already fashionable in the 1940s, and Jaeger-LeCoultre was a pioneer of this feature.
Among all the models in the Master Control collection, the Master Réserve de Marche has enjoyed considerable and unabated success.
It now appears in a new version with the Ultra Thin case measuring 39 mm in diameter (compared with 37 mm for the previous model), made of stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold, featuring a sharper profile and sleek, slender lugs magnifying the dial that has been pared down to retain only the absolute essentials. Everything in the aesthetics of this model is designed to ensure superlative readability, from the tapering lines of the hands and the applied hour markers, to the harmonious arrangement of a restrained small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, a power-reserve display at 10 o’clock, and a symmetrically positioned date display at 2 o’clock. Appearing in this new garb, the Master Ultra Thin Réserve de Marche, powered by the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 938 and water resistant to 5 bar, offers an exceptionally elegant expression of the essence of the horological philosophy upheld by the Manufacture.

Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
If there is one particular field in which the Manufacture not only excels but has also regularly established essential landmarks, it is indeed that of the tourbillon.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced a succession of world premieres in this field of excellence, with the Gyrotourbillon 1 watch, the first three-dimensional tourbillon presented in 2004; the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 in 2008, the first three-dimensional tourbillon to be equipped with a cylindrical balance-spring; and the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication, the first tourbillon with celestial indications, created in 2009.

Above and beyond these spectacular breakthrough models that have taken the tourbillon into a new era, Jaeger-LeCoultre has also made an indelible imprint on the technical field of chronometry applied to the tourbillon.
It is now enriching this impressive range with a new Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon watch powered by a state-of-the-art automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 982. This stunningly pure model represents the quintessence of the tourbillon. Radiating an aura of unostentatious elegance with its remarkable thinness (its 18-carat pink gold case with taut, slim lines measures a mere 11.3 mm thick), this tourbillon stems from decades of chronometric and technical research and development. It nonetheless displays a face distinguished by absolute horological classicism in which rigorous lines are matched by subtle sensuality. Its eggshell white dial, swept over by two restrained, slim gold hands and punctuated by slender applied hour-markers, is entirely dedicated to highlighting its light and airy tourbillon revealed in its perfectly proportioned orbit at 6 o’clock, which is held in place by a beautifully designed gold bridge and rimmed by a graduated scale serving as a small seconds indication.

Focusing directly on essentials with precise time measurement, the Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon radiates the absolute elegance of objects that are destined to endure.