Jaeger Lecoultre Master Minute Repeater Titanium: 12th Birthday.

Aug 01, 2019,00:27 AM
 

31th of July 2007 / 31th of July 2019. 12 years, it's been 12 years that this Master Minute Repeater is on my wrist! 


It is not the oldest watch still present in my collection, but it is a magic and a cherished one. 

This is the kind of watch which was a fantasy which turned into reality. 

When it was released, in 2006, I was totally mad about it, thinking that I will never be able to find a solution to get one. Then the planets were aligned, I made a big move in my collection, I was given some time to achieve all that, and, as the French say " Et voilà...


The dream suddenly was reality. 

A short trip to pick it up, a good moment with friends, and on my way back to Paris, in the Thalys, I started to play with it, to make it " sing ", caught by the magic of these hammers in action, by the open dial and its multiple reflections, in awe with its polished Titanium grade 5 case, a tad dark but so light, intrigued by the combination of complications a 15 Days!!! Power Reserve and Torquemeter, combined to the Minute Repeater, of course.


I already mentioned it, but this is one of the few watches I spent several sleepless nights playing with it. After all wasn't it made to give you the time, at an era where electricity didn't exist? 

One word on the sound... The Master Minute Repeater is the second modern minute repeater from the Grande Maison, 11 years after the Reverso Minute Repeater ( 1994 ). 

But compared to the Reverso, the Master Minute Repeater is an acoustical Revolution with its gongs welded to the sapphire glass. The sound is much louder, richer, too. It is the father of all the Jaeger Lecoultre Minute Repeaters we saw, since then. 


As a good old friend, it went with me everywhere in the world. I let those I met play with it, as I didn't- and still don't-fear- for it. Just a recommendation, to let the governor stop before activating the minute repeater again, and that's all. 

Antoine Lecoultre, you can be proud of this one...


A watch I still wear with an intense pleasure, and which provides me special feelings, a blend of happiness, pride, and admiration. 

And 12 years after, its dial and movement are still modern, while its case is a bit outdated, I must confess. But that's the only light reserve I can make about this watch. 

A last word: After all these 12 years, my dear Master Minute Repeater hasn't been serviced, as it works flawlessly. Even if I am considering in the year or the two years to come to send it for a well deserved service, it obviously is a watch... To last! 


Happy 12th birthday, my dear Ding Dong. 

With love,

Nicolas


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Very cool watch.

 
 By: M4 : August 1st, 2019-03:27
Your love for this one is manifest, Mr Nicolas. Cheers to 12 more memorable years, then another 12, then another . . . M4

Thank you, M4. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 2nd, 2019-03:27

Thanks, M@ster. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 2nd, 2019-03:27

Fantastic!!! [nt]

 
 By: Mar : August 1st, 2019-07:07

Happy birthday ;)

 
 By: tombub : August 1st, 2019-09:19
A monster !

Merci, Amicu. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 2nd, 2019-03:29

Happy birthday, Ding Dong🎈🎊

 
 By: ChristianDK : August 1st, 2019-12:45
And congratulations to both of you. This watch is SO much you. In fact, I can’t look at a picture of it without thinking of you. I know how much you love it and I don’t blame you. Even if the case design is typical for a certain period in JLC history, it ... 

I don’t find

 
 By: MTR : August 1st, 2019-15:50
the case old-fashioned. This watch is simply a beautiful and very impressing piece of art. And that a MR has a WR of 5 ATM is also a big plus (and not common for a MR). Wear it many further years with joy and pride! Thomas

A MR

 
 By: MTR : August 2nd, 2019-05:08
as a daily beater is really a great thing! Is there any other MR which has the same advantage? UN? Patek certainly not 😎 I was always a big fan of the IWC Minutenrepetition but could not live with its just dust- and splash-water-protected case. Best, Thom... 

Thanks in advance, Nico!

 
 By: MTR : August 2nd, 2019-07:11
I am not sure that there are many others out there that can face daily usage like yours (especially being water resistant to 50m!). Best, Thomas

And

 
 By: MTR : August 2nd, 2019-09:37
the Corum Admirals Cup Tourbillon Minute Repeater or the IWC Grand Complication Minute Repeater Perpetual or the Hublot King Power Chronograph Minute Repeater... Anyway... there are not many examples out there...

My reply belonged

 
 By: MTR : August 2nd, 2019-09:43
to the other forum 🤣 Now corrected.

Specifications

 
 By: MTR : August 2nd, 2019-09:49
from a current offer of Chrono24. But I am not sure if they described it correctly? Will check this!

3 Bars: 30 meters. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : August 2nd, 2019-09:52

3 ATM

 
 By: MTR : August 2nd, 2019-09:52
if you look at the IWC website. Still not so bad...

What a watch!

 
 By: Rhyzen : August 1st, 2019-16:13
It is superlative in every sense, and I find the case and design to have stood the test of time instead of being dated. A wise decision to acquire this very fine piece 12 years ago, congratulations!

Happy 12 Ans...

 
 By: elliot55 : August 1st, 2019-17:39
... Mon ami. I am so happy this one remains part of your collection. An absolutely fantastic timepiece. - Scott

As the French also say..

 
 By: JeSuisJLC : August 2nd, 2019-10:57
C’est Magnifique!