Watches and Wonders 2022: A quick view on the Jaeger Lecoultre Collection.

Mar 30, 2022,06:56 AM
 


Here we go again! We'll have a quick view on the new Jaeger Lecoultre Collection. You know we'll come back to each of these creations all along the year, no worries about that. 

Before you ask, there will be a bit more to come, but I think we'll already have some subjects of passionate discussion, here. 

It seems that this year, Jaeger-Lecoultre is exploring the theme of Universe / Cosmos called " Stellar Odyssey ", as several watches ( and clocks ) are turning around the sky, planets, stars... 

1/ The Atmos Hybris Mechanica Cal 590, so called Tellurium.



This certainly is THE Star of the Show, at least the Star of the Jaeger Lecoultre Collection, this year. 

Four years of development have been required to give birth to a new calibre for a new Atmos, which displays the rotation of Earth on its own axis, the orbits of Earth around Earth axis and of Earth around Sun, the moon phase, the zodiacal calendar, the night and the day, the seasons and the months. 

The moon phase sets a new record for Jaeger Lecoultre and for most of the Manufactures, by the way, with an accuracy of one day each 5770 years. 

The Cabinet ( 215 mm big / 253 mm high ) is made in cylindrical glass, hand painted with the constellations, meteorite has been used for the moon phase ring. 



Sumptuous, limited to 10 pieces. 

2/ Atmos Infinite: 

The Cylindrical Glass cabinet has the same dimensions than the Tellurium, but here Jaeger Lecoultre plays the card of minimalism, sobriety and transparency, reminding some of the early Atmos. 




The Cal 570 is well known, here. 

The dial is black lacquered and displays the " essential of time ", the hours and the minutes. A kind of " Less is more " rule, which has the good taste to not be a limited edition. 

3/ Master Grande Tradition Universal Time Cal 948. 



A first, but not totally... 

A first in the Master Grande Tradition Line, the world time complication. But not a first as the Manufacture housed the same complication in the Geophysic line, at that point I can say that  it is a Master Grande Tradition version of the Geophysic Universal Time unveiled in 2017, with a different decoration of the dial. 

The case, 50 meters water resistant, is in white gold, 43 mm big / 14, 13 mm high ( which is a tad smaller and thinner than the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time: 43, 5 mm big / 14, 87 mm high ).

As for the dial, the oceans are made in a guilloché blue lacquer while the continents, through the domed skeleton structure, are in champlevé enamel. 



All around the dial, the flying tourbillon makes one rotation each 24 hours. 

The movement is automatic, the Cal 948, already seen in the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time, beating at 28, 800 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of 48 hours. 

It is a limited edition of 20 pieces.

4/ Master Hybris Artistica Cal 945 Galaxia ( Rose Gold ) and Atomium ( White Gold ).





The Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication is well known by the Jaeger Lecoultre fans. It was introduced in the catalogue in 2010. It is a minute repeater, a tourbillon displaying the sidereal day ( 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4, 1 seconds ), a sky chart and a zodiacal calendar. 

In 2020, Jaeger Lecoultre issued the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication in Rose gold, with the " Atomium ". This year, we have it in white gold, limited to 5 pieces, and another rose gold version, limited to 5 pieces too, with a totally different dial , black with " grisaille " enamel. 

The case is 45 mm big, 16, 05 mm high, and water resistant to 50 meters. 

The Cal 945 is manual winding, beating at 28, 800 alternances per hour, with a power reserve of 40 hours. 

5/ Polaris Perpetual Calendar, in steel and in rose gold: 

I can easily bet on the fact that the new Polaris Perpetual Calendar will provoke some passionate discussions. 

Here we have a 100 meters water resistant case, 42 mm big, 11, 97 mm high, with a see through case back, in steel, or in rose gold, none of them being limited editions, displaying a... Perpetual Calendar. 





The dial is gradient blue lacquered. 

The automatic movement, the Cal 868, beats at the pace of 28, 800 alternances per hour, and offers an improved power reserve of 70 hours. 

The steel version comes with a steel bracelet, with an additional rubber strap you can quickly change via pushers, while the rose gold is mounted on a rubber strap with an extra alligator strap with the same quick change system. 

6/ The Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star: 

The last watch of this 2022 Collection is a very romantic offer, for ladies, which I regret as I would well see a slightly bigger and non jeweled version in steel, for us! 



Here is the official description of the concept: 

" The Rendez-Vous Dazzling Star recreates this enchanting celestial phenomenon on the wrist, thanks to an entirely new mechanism conceived and developed within the Manufacture. Activated by the movement of the wrist, the shooting star appears on the dial at random moments – usually four to six times per hour – its unpredictability making it even more special. To enjoy the enchanting display more often, the star may also be summoned on demand by turning the winding crown several times ".

 

The dial is made of Aventurine, the case is in rose gold ( 36 mm big / 11, 1 mm high ), water resistant to 50 meters.



The movement is automatic, the Cal 734, with a power reserve of 70 hours. 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts on this 2022 collection, 

Best.

Nicolas


More posts: Ballon BleuDuometreFlying TourbillonGeophysicHybris MechanicaJaeger LeCoultreTourbillon Universal TimeUniversal Time

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Need to see and digest the polaris

 
 By: TeutonicCarFan : March 30th, 2022-07:10
My initial instinct is I like the PC complication on a steel bracelet watch...this is a great complication to be used daily, not just an event watch. I hope it is robust enough! - Kevin

Even better in the flesh...

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-09:13
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Thats an amazing piece.... ! Any idea on the price range?

 
 By: @lberti : March 30th, 2022-10:30
eagerly waiting on your review. Cheers

30 K euros VAT included.

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-12:20

Try it, you will see.

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-16:05

WOW! Me like! Me want!

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : March 30th, 2022-14:01

Go, my friend, go!

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-19:50

:-)))

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : March 30th, 2022-23:08

The SS is great value for money

 
 By: chikai168 : March 30th, 2022-14:41
But the gold is lovely. BW, Chi Kai

Not bad, not bad... ;)

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-16:06
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Nice!

 
 By: chikai168 : March 30th, 2022-18:50

I'm loving the brushed RG look

 
 By: TeutonicCarFan : March 30th, 2022-20:19

Love it

 
 By: Jp75 : March 30th, 2022-20:48
Love the combo RG, blue and rubber strap ! Remembering recent posts / discussions about the omega in RG, would like to see it in real life (and see how it fits with complexion ) Beautiful on your pictures … as always 🤩

Merci, Jerôme.

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-20:49

Nice …

 
 By: Jp75 : March 30th, 2022-20:45
Nice , especially the gradient blue lacquered dial. I look forward to seeing it in the metal or reading from one of our mods (latter will certainly happen first 😃). J

Thanks Nico

 
 By: Gus7 : March 30th, 2022-08:05
I know there are more to come! I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Atmos - a technical marvel of a piece and such an expression of the sort of capabilities that JLC has. I'm also looking forward to seeing the new Polaris' on friday in the flesh a... 

Thanks Nico...

 
 By: Alfihar : March 30th, 2022-08:13
Fantastic in a way... but 10/20 units.... And a perpetual for a sport watch is unconsistent. Love the less is more Atmos... Best

Modern building?

 
 By: Jp75 : March 30th, 2022-21:09
I find the ‚less is more‘ atmos very appealing too I habe a question: what temperature differential is needed for it to work? Any chance in a ,modern building‘ with floor heating and centrally controlled temperature? Is the (temperature increase from) sun... 

😆

 
 By: Jp75 : March 30th, 2022-21:16
Interesting …

A quiet place, too.

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-21:17

Thank you Nico

 
 By: chikai168 : March 30th, 2022-08:14
Looking forward to the detailed review. Most interesting for me is the Polaris QP, in terms of accessibility. Very handsome. BW, Chi Kai

Overwhelmed to an extent....

 
 By: InHavenPro : March 30th, 2022-08:14
once again, no question, I am in love with everything they do.... The new ATMOSes are totally captivating, especially of course the Tellurium, perhaps the most stunning ATMOS to my eyes since the Mies Van Der Rohe design.... Then the Cal. 945 Galaxia piec... 

I totally agree

 
 By: Alfihar : March 31st, 2022-05:10
An incredible piece ! The more I look at it the more I love it….

I'll do it....

 
 By: InHavenPro : April 1st, 2022-00:17
for a year! Hahaha

You are such bad boys.

 
 By: amanico : April 1st, 2022-03:18

Horology gigolos x'D

 
 By: InHavenPro : April 1st, 2022-03:37

Tssssssss....

 
 By: amanico : April 1st, 2022-05:21

Yep…. 😬

 
 By: Alfihar : April 1st, 2022-06:25

3 nights… one more night is offered 😬

 
 By: Alfihar : April 2nd, 2022-07:21
Enter text ...  

Can't wait to see candid pics....

 
 By: InHavenPro : April 2nd, 2022-13:15
of the Atomium. Hopefully Nico has them.... Filip

:)))

 
 By: InHavenPro : April 2nd, 2022-17:50

Thanks Nico

 
 By: GWIS : March 30th, 2022-08:16
I like the Polaris and the Atmos. Well done JLC. All the best Jon

Thanks for looking, Jon.

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-09:25

You know me... I like clocks! Highly interested in this year's JLC Atmos, the simple version!

 
 By: patrick_y : March 30th, 2022-08:54
Wished I could get something in meteorite though! I like the idea of meteorite!

Thanks Nicolas for this outlook!

 
 By: eklektik : March 30th, 2022-10:20
Few comments: I wish the complex atmos were more than limited edition. The PC in a sports watch is a bit unusual, although the gold version has a bit of a Breguet Type XX spirit... I wonder what our asian friends thing about the Master Grande Tradition Un... 

If I had the funds...

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-16:07

Alas, alas...

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-19:34

More watches no one will buy

 
 By: orifthatjaw : March 30th, 2022-10:50
I think its time JLC stopped releasing ridiculously complicated watches they're only going to sell a handful of. Rebuild your base models and they will come.

Some friends here have commented about

 
 By: chikai168 : March 30th, 2022-11:01
The QP in a sports model is incongruent. I do get what you mean. But some of the most popular QPs out there are the AP RO and VC Overseas. Whilst they are a lot more refined that the Polaris, they are technically sport watches too. BW, Chi Kai

I loved the Polaris

 
 By: A.G : March 30th, 2022-11:32
I was very surprised with the Polaris PC, it might be my next daily watch, I was amazed by last year Polaris blue dial but I found the dial a little bit plain for 42mm case but this one I can justify the 42mm , every thing on the dial feels right to me, t... 

Thanks.

 
 By: A.G : March 31st, 2022-08:25

Pleasure.

 
 By: amanico : March 31st, 2022-09:12

Very interesting

 
 By: TeutonicCarFan : March 30th, 2022-12:15
There is a lot of back and forth on the Polaris and whether PC is good complication for a sports style watch. For me, I think it fits perfect. Not even considering the royal oak, overseas and nautilus PC are desired references, but to me on a watch you we... 

The atmos looks really special, both the limited edition and the unlimited “infinite” model

 
 By: takman : March 30th, 2022-12:23
I also like the shooting star mechanism on the rendezvous. Enjoy your stay and thanks for sharing!

And steel case!

 
 By: amanico : March 31st, 2022-04:32

Wow the Polaris PC is stunning!

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : March 30th, 2022-14:01

I was looking at many brands not too excited which is great for me, because I can save all my money for wine, but the Master Grand Tradition Universal Time is cool AND romantic

 
 By: emcquillan : March 30th, 2022-15:07
I'm sure it is out of my league and I look forward to seeing live photos, but this is my kind of top watch. Thanks for sharing

I love your philosophy.

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-21:47

Surely there must be more than the halo watches and the Polaris?

 
 By: vitalsigns : March 30th, 2022-17:30
The Polaris is nice enough, but still too large, IMO, and too expensive. How much was the steel ultrathin perpetual calendar? ....about 10K Euros less. Quite a premium to place the movement in another (already existing) case and to add a steel bracelet. I... 

6 K euros less.

 
 By: amanico : March 30th, 2022-19:35

Dear Nico,

 
 By: MTR : March 30th, 2022-21:34
this really is an extremely attractive PC! I like both versions, the steel and the red gold version. And the blue dials of both are super nice. This watch is also very functional (PR 70 hours, WR 10 bar). Highly attractive to me! Best Thomas

feeling delirium for the Tellurium...

 
 By: hl99 : March 31st, 2022-02:24
...mesmerizing! just wish it's price wasn't out of this world

Same, very same for me.

 
 By: amanico : March 31st, 2022-09:13

PC month ring at 11 o’clock

 
 By: Orangejuice  : March 31st, 2022-02:36
Noticed the 11 o’clock baton doesn’t seem to touch the month ring on either Polaris. Demo model defect?

What a line-up of JLC.. Mostly exclusive news.. Amazing grace & a superb stellar theme..

 
 By: hs111 : March 31st, 2022-16:21
The Tellurium is a fascinating Atmos version.. - Also liked the new Master Grande Tradition with Universal Time & with the Tourbillon. In a more realistic scenario - For Yours Truly the Atmos Infinite and from the watch series, it is the great Polaris... 

my son likes the Atomium and the Atmos Infinite...

 
 By: mahesh : April 2nd, 2022-20:51
I'm still in Master Grande Tradition Cal 948 Best, mahesh.,

Thanks for the wonderful review, Nico!

 
 By: Watcholic_id : April 5th, 2022-07:25
so many fantastic pieces here. the Master UT & the Atomium are my favorites. cheers

Very nice Atmos

 
 By: Quan : April 5th, 2022-09:14

These are some stellar watches.

 
 By: jlux : April 5th, 2022-11:40
Many thanks for putting this report together. Unfortunately however,and since a few years,the real highlights from JLC are all in the "unobtainium" price classes. The Polaris PC is however a watch that I am curious to discover in real life.