Among its novelties for the next year, Jaeger-LeCoultre has prepared a new version of its full calendar timekeeper from the Master collection. The watch which will be presented for the first time at the upcoming edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva is mostly distinguished with its captivating dial. It is made from solid blocks of meteorite and it is unique in every single model in the edition. Moreover, the timepiece runs on a proprietary automatic movement and it will be launched in two versions. These are: the steel variant with the price tag of around $12,250, as well as the more lavish pink gold edition which is priced at around $26,100.
The first thing that grabs one’s attention when you look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre novelty is certainly its gray dial with elaborate geometric patterns. For the model, the watchmaker based in Le Sentier used a meteorite which it obtained from Sweden. The confirmed celestial object that fell on the Earth originates from the asteroid belt, set in between of Jupiter and Mars. Since it is a meteorite with a presence of hard iron in it, its machining and adaptation for the dial of the newcomer was pretty difficult. It is cut out of a single block that is sliced several times and where these cuts form a charming geometric pattern that is unique in every occasion.
Apart from the novel material which is used for the dial and which ultimately looks a bit more modern, the new watch is actually just a new version of Master Calendar piece. This more classically styled watch was initially unveiled also at the SIHH event, but two years ago. As its predecessor, the watch which will be shown in Geneva in January is equipped with one of the most useful complications – a calendar. In this instance, it is a full calendar, since it includes information for current date (shown with the central hand with a crescent-shaped tip), day of the week and month (both shown in apertures), as well as the stages of the moon (depicted in a counter which is likewise used for small seconds and which sits at the traditional bottom section of the face). Other than that, one can also notice two dauphine shaped hands, Arabic numerals, as well as applied hour markers in the form of a spindle.
The meteorite-faced timekeeper is placed inside a modestly sized housing whose diameter measures to 39 mm, while its thickness is 10.6 mm. To improve its appearance, the round case sports a polished finish. Its structure (which also includes a cambered sapphire crystal at the front and a solid metal case-back) guarantees water resistance to 50 meters.
Inside the case there is a JLC caliber 866 with 32 jewels. It is a self-winding movement whose single barrel can store up to 43 hours worth of power reserve. Otherwise, it should be mentioned that it ticks at the frequency of 28,800 vph.
As it has been mentioned, there are two versions of the model. The pink gold one(with the reference number Q1552540) is made with a dial in a slightly darker shade, 4N gold appliqués which are used for hour markers, as well as with a few red colored details on it, for example the crescent tip of its date hand. The more affordable steel version (with the model number Q1558421) of the watch has these details in blue color. Both variants are coupled with a black alligator leather strap, but use different types of buckles to securely fasten it on a wrist. The steel version has a folding buckle in the same material, whereas the pink gold one includes a pin buckle machined from the matching precious metal.
If you like the looks of the novel JLC watch which uses meteorite for its dial, you can check some of the timekeepers which use the same space material (in different extents) for their faces and which we have previously written about. Among these are Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Meteorite Dual Time, Louis Moinet Stardance or Van Cleef $ Arpels from the Earth to the Moon.