Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite

By Thierry Ané on January 13, 2015

One of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s pre-SIHH releases is an update on the “Master Calendar” model that first appeared in 2013 in stainless steel or pink gold with silver sunburst dials. Also available in stainless steel or pink gold, the new models simply named “Master Calendar Meteorite” boast a meteorite dial instead.

These refined models come in the extremely classic Master Control round case with a broad slightly bevelled bezel, elongated lugs and a delicate grooved crown bearing the brand’s logo. For this particular model, it has a 39 mm diameter for a thickness of just 10.60 mm making it very conservative but suitable for all wrists. The back of this watch — water resistant to a depth of 50 meters — is open to offer the owner a nice view of its mechanical heart.

Inside beats the self-winding in-house JLC 866 calibre that stores up to 43 hours of energy to power the central hours and minutes, the small seconds, the phases of the moon, and all the indications of the complete calendar. The latter are nicely presented with a centrally-mounted hand for the date and two windows below the brand’s name at noon for the day of the week and month. The moon phase is embedded in the small seconds sub-dial located at 6 o’clock.

The stainless steel rendition is mounted on a black alligator strap while the pink gold model is paired with a dark brown alligator strap. Both are secured with a traditional pin buckle in the same material as the case.

On the dial, the facetted Dauphine hands with a hint of luminescent material, the triangular and facetted hour markers and the “3”, 9””, and “12” Arabic numeral appliqués are similar to the ones found on the 2013 versions of this “Master Calendar” but the addition of the meteorite dial changes everything.

I really find the crystalline structure of this stone fascinating and always like to see it on the dial of a watch. Apart from the obvious fact that this structure makes each model unique, it brings an incredible aura to the dial. The particular meteorite used by Jaeger-LeCoultre here comes from the Asteroid Belt located between Mars and Jupiter and collected on Swedish ground.

It is light grey on the stainless steel timepiece and anthracite on the pink gold model. It is nice that the brand selected two different tones for these watches and I have to say that each specific hue works admirably with its intended case material.

The “Master Calendar Meteorite” in stainless steel will cost EUR 10,500 and the price tag for the pink gold rendition is EUR 21,500. In both cases the watch is very reasonably priced considering the quality of the movement and finish and the beauty of the dial. These “Master Calendar Meteorite” surely make us look forward to discovering the rest of the 2015 collection…

For more information please visit the Jaeger-LeCoultre web site.

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