Jaeger‑LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel
Gear Dec 18 2018
There’s a reason that Jaeger-LeCoultre is called the watchmaker’s watchmaker. In fact, JLC is the only watchmaker in history that has supplied movements to all three brands known as the Holy Trinity of the watch world: Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin. Granted, JLC may not have the same level of prestige associated with its name, but that’s largely the result of decades of marketing (and exclusivity) on the part of Patek, AP, and Vacheron, rather than the actual technical watchmaking prowess. But this is what happens when JLC flexes like the Big Three.
The hand-guillochéd enamel dial makeover is the big star here. The moonphase window is also more exquisite than ever before. The in-house caliber 925/2 automatic movement features an updated 70-hour power reserve (from the original’s 43 hours), which is a big improvement considering that it has date and moonphase complications that you don’t want to reset every time you pick up the watch after a couple of days.
The white gold case measures 39mm across and 10.04mm thick (or thin), making it the perfect modern dress watch. Of course, the case back is as beautiful as the front dial, with a gold rotor and decorated movement.