Presented for the first time in 1992, the collection Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control it has always been the classic line of the maison, with a range of models dedicated to technical rigor, certification and visual moderation. Its name derives from the fact that it was the first of the brand's collections to benefit from its pioneering certification "1000 Hours Control".
This new collection Master Control it must be seen as a subtle evolution, a modernization of the range with a casual touch, rather than a complete overhaul. In fact, the new collection is always divided into four new references, differentiated only by their complications. As for the design, the classic Master Control codes have been retained, including the typical combination of applied triangular indexes, Arabic numerals and luminous points. Also the overall shape of the cases always 40 mm, available in steel or in the new alloy JLC, Le Grand Rose gold, has been maintained, but modernized. Let's see in detail the first two models of the series.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE MASTER CONTROL DATE
The first model of this collection Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 2020 is the classic model Date, with central hour, minute and second hands and a date window at 3 o'clock. At just under 9mm thick, the watch is elegant and understated and looks slightly more modern and slender than its predecessor.
The main update concerns the movement, as the 899 caliber it has been profoundly reworked with a new silicon escapement and a redesigned barrel to accommodate a stronger and longer spring which, guaranteeing it a power reserve of 70 hours, instead of the 38 hours of the previous version. The price, yet to be confirmed, should be between 6.500 e 7.000 EURO.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE MASTER CONTROL CALENDAR
The second watch in this new collection Master Control is a classic of the house: a triple calendar with a moon phase indicator. The display is elegant and balanced and echoes watches from the 40s, with a peripheral date, two windows at 12 o'clock for the day of the week and the month and a blue semicircular moon positioned at 6 o'clock with the hand. of the small seconds positioned inside. The case always measures 40 mm in diameter and 10.95 mm in height.
Just like the date model movement, his caliber 866 it has been updated with silicon parts and the power reserve has been increased to 70 hours. A mechanical trick has also been added with a new “jump” complication. Each month, in fact, the date hand jumps 90 degrees from 15 to 16, in order not to obscure the display of the moon phase. The price, still to be confirmed, should be 10.000 EURO about.