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,