For this SIHH 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre have released the Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic. I feel that ceramic watches are getting passe. redundant, boring and uninspiring, but this watch is absolutely fantastic and a much needed breath of fresh air.
This watch boasts a very impressive 46 mm ceramic case with stainless steel pushers at the two and four o’clock position. Normally, chronograph watches with all black finishing have black or titanium pushers, but these steel pushers give this watch a modernity and contrast that’s really technical and sporty while maintaining the true elegance of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
This is a two registered chronograph with an hour counter at the nine o’clock position, minute counter at the three o’clock position and sub seconds hand at the six o’clock position. These counters are in contrasting white against the semi-matt black stamped and luminescent dial and has an adequate sized date aperture window between the four and five o’clock hour markers.
The hour and minute hands of this watch are steel open worked trapezoid shaped and are luminescent, while the GMT hand is steel and non luminescent to distinguish from the other two hands. A day/night indicator is located below the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo and slightly above the steel hands. The chronograph register hand is red which breaks up the solidarity of the black and white aesthetic and gives it that very essential burst of color.
A 757 in house manufactured movement consisting of 300 parts drives this watch and all it’s functions. The movement is tested for 100 hours and has a 65 hour power reserve. A steel crown with a compression key is located at the 3 o’clock position which controls the hour, minute and second time zone function. To have all these functions and still be 100 meters water resistant is very impressive and adds another layer of depth.
To complete the ultimate combination between modern and art deco, the new JLC Master Compressor Ceramic is fitted on a black Trieste calfskin strap with brushed steel pin buckle and is limited to 500 pieces for the world.
Movement: mechanical automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 757, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 65-hour power reserve, 300 parts with 45 jewels.
Functions: hours, minutes date chronograph: hour counter, minute counter, central seconds hand, movement operating indicator, second time zone with day/night indicator.
Dial: semi-matt black, stamped and luminescent numerals and hour-markers
Hands: trapeze-type, openworked, luminescent
Crown: 1 steel crown with compression key at 3 o’clock to start the watch and adjust the hours,
minutes, date as well as the 2nd time zone; 2 steel pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock to control the chronograph functions
Case: 46 mm in ceramic, Sapphire crystal, Water resistance: 10 bar
Strap and buckle: black Trieste calfskin with satin-brushed steel pin buckle
Limited to 500 pieces for the world