Jaeger Lecoultre Geographique watches. A good example of the Manufacture Diversity

Jul 11, 2019,03:35 AM
 

When the Master Géographique was unveiled in 1989, it was an original, friendly, sophisticated and beautiful watch, displaying a complication which is somewhere between the GMT and the World Time. Indeed, when you select the city you are traveling, the time zone of this city is displayed in the dedicated sub dial. Easy to use, complex to achieve.


Here is the " Ketchum " Edition, in platinum, belonging to our dear friend Sandgroper.



In 1996, the Manufacture revisited the Master Géographique, with a more modern dial. Here, in platinum, 



With a splendid hinged case back: 



In 2011, a new version... With a silver dial, and, some years later, in black, with a steel bracelet:



And, in 2017, the Sector dial, simplified, without date nor power reserve: 



We could think that having 3 evolutions in different metals ( colored gold, white gold, platinum and steel ) with different dials ( grey, black, silver, blue, sector ) would have already be enough. 

But with Jaeger Lecoultre, it is never enough. 

The Geographique complication has been used with different cases, such as the Reverso, in 1998:





The Master Compressor Géographique, in 2002: 



The Master Compressor Diving Géographique, adding a mechanical depth gauge to the Géographique complication in titanium, in 2006 / 2007, then in 2009, in rose gold ( Navy SEALs Alarm edition ) : 





And last, but maybe not least, the Polaris Geographique World Time, issued in 2018, in steel, in a limited edition of 250 pieces. 





Who else can achieve that? 

Who will complain, too? 

As I said, this is one of the many example showing that Diversity is in Jaeger Lecoultre DNA. 

We'll see that we can say the same with other complications, such as Minute Repeaters, Perpetual Calendars, Tourbillons and so on... 

That's why I have a lot of admiration for this brand. 

Best,

Nicolas


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The profile of that ‘Ketchum’😱

 
 By: xxn : July 11th, 2019-05:00
they sure don't make them like they used to. Everything from the lugs, bezel, dial indexes

Another version

 
 By: cfnissen : July 11th, 2019-12:10
Hi Amanico, I love the Géographique - thank you for reminding me! I have another version of the Master Control with a different version of the power reserve indicator and the day/night indicator. I have also realized by looking at my Instagram-feed that i...  

Thank you for reminding me of the Diving Pro Geographic!

 
 By: renerod : July 11th, 2019-14:38
One of my grails! And what a great picture of it as always. Gives you an idea of the depth and heft of this great watch. Also that sector dial from 2017 is so sweet 😍 It is incredible to see how many different iterations has taken this movement. Thanks fo... 

There was an additional 'Geographic' model, the 'Master World Geographic'...

 
 By: BjoernM21 : July 13th, 2019-02:33
... which is my favourite. In addition to the second time zone (called "privileged time zone" by JLC with this model), a real world time display was offered. To the regular models in stainless steel (152 84 20) and pink gold (152 24 20), many limited bout...  

I really like the concept and dial of the master geographique

 
 By: descartes1 : August 21st, 2019-09:51
But unfortunately I find it a bit thicker than I would like.

It might have been nice...

 
 By: watchme : August 23rd, 2019-08:34
to insert a picture of the 2007 Geographic World right before the Polaris edition. It was 41.5mm and the Polaris is 42, and was clearly the inspiration. When the '96 edition came out, is was voted "Watch of the Year" in Chronos' annual readers' survey. My... 

Thanks, Tony. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 23rd, 2019-23:20