This year, at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneve, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented several exceptional timepieces. The one that you definitely should invest in is the new Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet Watch. The high-end luxury watchmaker from Switzerland has offered two variants of this model: standard and vintage.
Compared to the last year’s Deep Sea Chronograph, the new version is housed in a larger case with the diameter of 44mm. Its masculine case is crafted from the high-tech cermet which is actually a material that consists of aluminum reinforced with particles of ceramic and then covered with a protective coating of ceramic. This protective shield is actually a 40 micron layer of Ceramic applied to prevent scratching. The final result is material with excellent and incomparable properties of resistance, lightness and stability. Compared with titanium, cermet is 66% lighter and it has at least equal if not greater shock-resistance than titanium. Also, cermet looks amazing. It is very matte and stealthy, and I must say that it is perfect for this type of watch.
Aesthetically, this three-counter chronograph movement is inspired by the Memovox Deep Sea model from 1959. The chronograph operating indicator that appears as a ’dot’ near the center of the dial is also inspired by an older Jaeger-LeCoultre onboard instrument from 1930s called chronoflight. This indicator is composed of two discs that enable divers to see at a glance whether the chronograph is running (white/red), or if it is stopped (red) or reset (white).
The Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet is powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 758 mechanical movement which offers full 65 hours of power reserve and is built on 47 jewels. The self-winding mechanism consists of 340 parts and vibrates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz).
It is important to mention that this diver’s watch meets all the criteria for diver’s timepieces in the ISO 6425 standard. It provides water resistance up to 100 meters (approximately 330 feet), it has luminescent hands and hour markers which are necessary for legibility in dark underwater conditions, and as the last, but not the least, it has a unidirectional rotating bezel (inspired by older models).
The Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet Watch features a matt black dial that is well proportioned and has symmetrical hour markers and hands. Its dial comprises three counters. Two chronograph sub-dials for measuring 30-minutes and 12-hours are located at 3 and 9 o’clock positions, while a little bit smaller, third counter, at the 6 o’clock position, is actually a small seconds sub-dial.
The case back of the watch features an engraving of a frogman surrounded by bubbles, which is not so original, but it is still a very nice detail for a diver’s watch.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has offered two models of Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet. The first one is with normal white luminous material on its hands and indices (the referent number is 208A570), and another one that is “vintage-inspired” with tropical hands and hour-markers. The vintage model (the referent number is 208A57J) will be available exclusively at JLC boutiques.