This year’s Watches & Wonders (formerly SIHH) took place online but still brought the horological goodness. That included two choice models from Jaeger-LeCoultre, both of which make up part of its modernised Master Control Collection. Taking centre stage is the Master Control Chronograph Calendar, a piece of classical beauty and streamlined symmetry. As the brand’s first chronograph to combine a triple calendar display and a moon-phase complication, it strikes the perfect balance between forward-momentum and calculated restraint.
Powering the Master Control Chronograph Calendar is new Calibre 759, which features a column-wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch, moon-phase indicator, and 65-hour power reserve. On the pure and balanced dial face, a chronograph counter and running seconds subdial harmonise with the moon-phase aperture and date window. A pulsometric scale flanks the dial flange while chronograph pushers add a modern touch. The watch measures in at 12.05 thick and comes available in either steel or Le Grand Rose gold.
Our second favourite piece from the Master Control line strikes a similar chord while taking away the chronograph function. Drawing upon JLC’s renowned history of triple calendar and moon-phase movements, the new Master Control Calendar updates the tradition with some contemporary flair. Like the chronograph, it exhibits pure balance on the classical dial face, with dates around the periphery and a moon-phase in the small seconds subdial.
Further distinguishing the Master Control Calendar from previous fare is a new jumping complication in the Calibre 866. Every month, the date makes a 90-degree leap from the 15th to the 16th, so as not to obscure the moon-phase display. It all plays out against a silver sunray finished dial, located within a 40mm case of either steel or Le Grand Rose gold.
JLC’s Master Control Collection is painstakingly graceful and refined. The dial layouts are clean to the point of immaculate and every spare detail drives home a sense of pure balance. We only wish we could have gone to Switzerland to see these beauties in person!