It has been 25 years since the Master Control collection was first unveiled in 1992. An embodiment of the sophisticated watchmaking tradition carefully cultivated by Jaeger-LeCoultre, it combines the classic aesthetics and technical performance that illustrate the quality of the manufacture’s movements.
Now on the collection’s 25th anniversary, the manufacture is presenting a new expression of the line’s three emblematic functions, drawing on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s rich legacy of round watches to inspire the Master Chronograph. The chronograph complication constitute a function of everyday utility that has made the Master Control line into a resounding success, and it is pleasingly integrated into this latest incarnation.
Vintage-Inspired Design: The classicism that characterizes the collection is augmented by the vintage charm of these pieces, driven by automatic movements and enhanced with touches of blue. This navy shade echoes across the dial like a leitmotif, in the skeletonized baton hands and the blued stainless steel central seconds, as well as in the complication and the minute circle. As an elegant accompaniment to this new face, a strap of alligator leather takes up the shade of blue, intensifying it to a deeper hue.
A subtle play of light weaves across the surface of this model. The polished finish on the bezel and lugs forms a sophisticated contrast with the satin-brushed case-band, imbuing the case with additional charm. On the face of the watch, a circular satin-brushed finish in the outer section sets off the opaline finish at the heart of the dial. This makes light bounce off it at different angles, ensuring the indications are easier to read. The contrast is further heightened by black hour-markers at the center of the watch.
Master Chronograph: This chronograph watch follows the Master Control collection’s distinctive aesthetic lines, featuring a contemporary design inspired by vintage styling. Its “casual chic” look will appeal to aficionados of this emblematic complication, seeking an original model.
The two push-pieces housed on the case-band make the chronograph easy to use, with its two counters indicating hours and minutes set out harmoniously on the dial. Their invigorating blue color is echoed in the blued stainless steel hands and the tachometer that runs discreetly around the outer perimeter. It is useful for measuring the speed of travel from one point to another with ease. There is a sporty feel to this automatic watch, and its 40mm diameter case adds a real sense of distinction to the wrist.