A watch you never saw, the new Dual Time

Jun 17, 2008,04:10 AM

Or should I call it new Home Time, as for the moment, no one knows exactly what will be the right name of this watch?

I think that it's the first time this watch pops in a forum, so this is quite a scoop!

Here's the beast!

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A pic is worth a thousand words to explain how the changes are important on this new watch...

Here's the previous model,launched in 2004:

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The differences are obvious, while comparing the 2 dials.

The dial of the new version is much more balanced with the date at 3 instead of being located between 3 and 4, and the subdial of the Night and Day indicator is nicer, IMHO, as it's just below 12...In a nice symmetrical way, don't you think?

Even the subdial of the small seconds is much nicely designed.

So, these are the obvious differences, but this is not all!

The case is still in 40mm diameter, but the main differences are a bezel and the lugs which are designed in a slimmer way, as if JLC wanted to enhance the beauty of the dial.

Here are some pics...of the watch taken under different angles:

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Here, you can admire the nice work on the lugs and the bezel...

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I find it much more refined than the previous model, much more finished, with a certain look of classic, elegant and timeless watch.

Don't you think so?

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I tried to take some quite good macro pics of the dial, to show the quality of the finish and of the design...

You can guess the second time zone hand under the hour hand...

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And admire the sunburst finish of the silver dial, but also the very nice finish of the Night and Day indicator, which has 2 different guillochages, ala Breguet...

The numerals and hours marhers are applied, and gold plated.

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The only thing I regret is that the night and day hand seems to be blue painted, and not blue heated, like on the classic Master RDM.

The Transparent Case Back offers a view on the reliable Cal 975H, and also allows to view the work on the lugs...

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Some macros to appreciate the good quality of this caliber...Even if we don't have the same quality than the best JLC watches, we also don't have the same price!

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This is a 30mm Diameter Automatic movement, with 29 jewels, and a power reserve of 48 hours, and made of 230 pieces.

The thickness is 5,70 mm.

The rotor has ceramic balls.

The movement has a variable inertia balance, beating at 28 800 vph.

This new DT is available on a SS Bracelet ( sorry no pic for the moment ) or on croco strap.

For those who want an even dressier look, but a bit more " oldie " too, the Rose Gold version is also available...

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There will be a boutique edition, which will not be limited ( AFAIK).

It will come in SS and Rose gold with a black sunburst dial, and in WG with a beautiful Grey Dial, this last one should be LE...

Well, to end with this review, yes, I find it much more appealing than the previous model, an elegant Traveller Watch, and a very well balanced watch, with some nice improvements.

A watch which deserves to have a look on it!

Hope you will have some pleasure to read and view this topic!


This message has been edited by amanico on 2008-06-17 04:11:55 This message has been edited by amanico on 2008-06-21 01:11:54

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A very nice practical interpretation

 By: JC : June 17th, 2008-04:55
As usual, JLC gives us an extremely nice and functional dual time watch. Of course the design are from Master Toubillon.... While i do like the assymetry of the previous hometime, i can tell this will be a great seller!

Thanks for the scope...

 By: Kong : June 17th, 2008-05:15
Nicolas, this new model looks better than the 2004 version. However, this new model, seems like can perform 3 timezones.. so this Triple-Time (TT) is a great travelling watch...and of course will be very relevant if you have 2 girlfriends at two other zon... 

New Hometime Proto

 By: arnok : July 15th, 2008-13:44

Yes I very much like the latter version!

 By: KCLQMULKU : June 17th, 2008-06:13
This design looks a little similar to the PP Calatrava Travel Time, yet upon closer inspection looks may be a little deceiving as this JLC is indeed as individual as its potential name will suggest. Yet another great scoop. Thank you! This message has bee... 

Very subtle and classic.....

 By: Andy : June 17th, 2008-07:35
they seem to have harmonised the dial design with the Master Tourbillon. I'd love to see a pic of the black dial version as the black dial Tourbillon is a stunner..!! It also looks a tiny bit thinner than the previous model...is it..?? Another great scoop... 

Yep, Andy

 By: amanico : June 17th, 2008-13:27

very nice

 By: ChristianDK : June 17th, 2008-07:35
Thanks Nicolas for posting this scoop. I think it looks great. More harmonious. More finished as you say. However I also liked the modern element the asymmetry. I think it gave the old version perhaps a little more "personality", and I found the little "J... 


 By: amanico : June 17th, 2008-22:46

I had a good time reading your review, Nicolas. Thanks!

 By: marcelo : June 17th, 2008-07:45
There was really something that didn’t attract me on the 2004 model and you named it – the asymmetrical dial. The new model looks classier. You’re also right about the blue hand – a heated one would look better. At least it was not a downgrading from the ... 

Hi, Marcelo

 By: amanico : June 17th, 2008-22:48

Enough Lume?

 By: aaronm : June 17th, 2008-08:18
It's hard to tell from the pictures, is there enough lume on the dial/hands to get a good reading at night? I find that when travelling i sometimes have to use the watch as a bedside clock, and a good solid glow is needed for that. A

Hi, Aaron,

 By: amanico : June 18th, 2008-08:05
I took the pics of the Protos, so it will be difficult to say if the definitive version will have more lume, or not. On the proto, the lume is only at 3 and 9, and also on the hands... It may be enough to allow legibility in the dark, if you are used to s... 

Needed at 12

 By: aaronm : June 18th, 2008-08:52

This one may rightfully be called ...

 By: HerrK : June 17th, 2008-09:03
... harmonised . A well done job by JLC! Though I would love to see the subdials guilloched to full extend and heat blued hands for minutes, hours and seconds whilst steel ones for 24h display and the second time zone on the ss one - but that is a matter ... 

very nice presentation, Nicolas !

 By: Marv : June 17th, 2008-11:26
Thank you Nicolas for this nice review! This watch - which does not appear in the list of the SIHH 2008 novelties on the JLC web site ???? - deserves a highlight! It is one of the most elegant GMT watches that I have seen for years. As I have already ment... 


 By: Le Chef : June 17th, 2008-14:10
Would love to see pics of the wg/gray dial. When you say "LE" do you mean @ JLC boutiques only or in numbers available or both? MTIA

Le Chef, AFAIK

 By: amanico : June 18th, 2008-08:31

Major improvement...

 By: palmasea : June 17th, 2008-18:59
JLC is definitely fixing weaknesses across their entire line.

Variation of Hubner limited edition from 2006

 By: iwolf81 : June 17th, 2008-20:05
This Master Hometime appears to be a slight variation of the one that was introduced for the Viennese retailer Hübner in 2006 to commemorate their 70th anniversary with JLC. I searched in vain for that watch, and then 'settled' for the Grande Sun Moon A w... 

What's not to like???

 By: Mostel : June 17th, 2008-21:15
Beautiful classic design, with top execution... reminds me of Patek dual time, in a good way... it's gorgeous. Another beauty from JLC!

Thanks for posting this

 By: Moses. : June 17th, 2008-22:06
Very elegant watch, the case is very subtle, not as brash as other recent Master Control cases. I like it.

Playing to type

 By: ajlc : June 17th, 2008-23:23

If I'm not wrong, Moses

 By: amanico : June 18th, 2008-11:43
And if my memory is OK, you're the lucky guy who owns a special Master 8 days??? Then it would be a nice duo! Best! Nicolas

I owned a M8D

 By: Moses. : June 18th, 2008-18:32
and it's very special! But not a special edition, just a regular SS model. I think the Dual Time, in rose gold with black dial, is very tempting.

Owned = still own

 By: Moses. : June 18th, 2008-18:32

its a master tourb

 By: rijowysock : June 18th, 2008-01:12
without the turb and simplified date function.. looks good,

A lovely re-interpretation.

 By: AP123 : June 19th, 2008-09:38
The subdials and layout look very well graduated in depth, decoration and symmetry. A very attractive watch. The guilloche is a beautiful touch that sets the streamlined lay out in a complementary manner. Very nice.

A big improvement.

 By: mkvc : June 20th, 2008-08:42
I wanted very much to like the old one (becuase of its excellent movement and functionality) but I just couldn't. This one should make the task easy.

Thanks for your input

 By: amanico : June 20th, 2008-12:26


 By: nastynorty : June 22nd, 2008-03:50
What a stunning beauty! Thanks for presenting it! Greetings from Germany!

New Dual Time

 By: sspnly : June 22nd, 2008-07:39
I wonder if, with the new 24 hour dial, if this is a 3 time zone watch. Anyway, it is a very nice looking, balanced watch. But I will say that I also do like the Hometime as well. I like the unbalanced dial actually, and also kind of enjoyed the little da... 

AFAIK, Steve P,

 By: amanico : June 22nd, 2008-07:44

new Master Dual/Home Time release date

 By: sithong : June 26th, 2008-08:54
Hi Nicolas, Do you happen to know when the new Dual/Home Time will become available...I am returning to Switzerland with my family in early October and hope to have the opportunity to see this watch in person. Best Regards, Mark