Jaeger-LeCoultre has added three new timepieces to its Master Control Line, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This classically inspired line was introduced in 1992 by the Grande Maison. It was in 1833 that Antoine Lecoultre founded his own establishment in Le Sentier, dedicated to the production of horological components.
Two decades ago, in order to test the quality and sturdiness of its horological creations right down to the smallest details and in the most improbable conditions, Jaeger-LeCoultre instated a rigorous testing procedure- the 1000 Hours Control. Each watch in the new line unveiled that year was authorised to leave the workshops of the Manufacture only if accompanied by a certificate signed by the master watchmaker responsible for this procedure.
The Master Control reasserts its minimalist credo in a refined new interpretation, twenty years after it was first introduced. The new watch appears in a slightly smaller 39 millimetre diameter enabling it to adjust easily to all wrist sizes. It houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 899, which incorporates the latest developments to emerge from the company laboratories in the fields of resistance and robustness. Its face is even slimmer, the bezel is sleeker and the delicately curving lugs extend harmoniously towards the strap. The Master Control embodies elegance and mechanical perfection, in both its steel and pink gold versions.
The Master Ultra Thin Réserve de Marche expresses a horological philosophy based on reducing functions and their representation to absolute essentials. It has the Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic Calibre 938 and a 43 hour power reserve. It comes in two versions- a steel version with a sunburst silver-toned dial, and a pink gold model featuring a delicate eggshell-white face.
The Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon testifies to the exceptional precision of the tourbillon, invented in the latter years of the 18th century, firmly into the 21st century. The 2012 Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon also features the same Tourbillon. Set against an eggshell-white dial, the applied pink gold hour-markers retain the modesty required to avoid distracting the gaze from the true focus of attention.
In 2012, the three new timepieces celebrate a watch line that has truly come of age. Each expresses a particular aspect of the vast range of expertise cultivated within the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.