Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly started 2014 with a bang. From Reverso’s to Tourbillons, pink gold to ceramic. They sure have satisfied their fans with some awesome timepieces.

For those blacked-out watch fans, first up we have the JLC Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic. A 46mm chronograph and a GMT that is rated to a water resistance level of 100m. This piece is limited to only 500, and we love its unassuming sleekness. Powered by a 65-hour automatic Caliber 757 that beats at 28,800 vph, the watch has a military feel to it, and the patterned Trieste calf skin strap certainly adds to this. Our only gripe is that there are alot of white contrasts all over the dial. The white markers, white on the hands, white sub dial markers. This combination can certainly add to some legibility concerns.

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Black themed JLC Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic

We’ve always had a soft spot for JLC Reverso’s. The Grande Ultra Thing 1931 ‘Chocolate’ dial is certainly another one we’d like to add to our wish list. Coupled with the brown Fagliano strap and a pink gold case, it makes for a stunning and unique combination.

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Chocolate on chocolate

If one Reverso wasn’t enough, JLC also released the Grande Reverso Night & Day. Again this one is going on the wish list. Why? Well, it has a brand new automatic movement. Automatic JLC Reverso’s are not very common and this piece certainly is adding a modern touch to an otherwise classic watch. It is powered by a Calber 967B, with 200 parts and a 42-hour power reserve. Not to mention it is only 4.05mm thick, thumbs up to JLC’s watchmaking department to be able to squeeze in an automatic movement but still keep a slim profile. Clous de Paris guilloché adorns the inner dial and the outer part of the dial is quintessential Reverso styling.  The key feature on the dial is the night and day indicator at the bottom. Finally blue baton hands add a nice touch to the dial. You’ll have the choice of stainless steel or a pink gold case, and you’ll only find these at JLC boutiques.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Night & Day

Steel and pink gold Reverso Night & Day Automatic

Finally, we have the JLC Master Ultra Thing Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon. Wow that was a bit of a mouthful. Part of the Hybris Mechanica collection, this grand complication represents a new era of fine watchmaking from JLC. The slimmest minute repeater in its category at 7.9mm thin, the watch has eight patents associated with it. The flying tourbillon would be a marvel to watch and it is also fitted with a flying balance wheel.

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Dial side

To keep everything ultra thin, JLC have implemented a winding system in this watch that is platinum end weighted and can be seen swinging through the dial cut outs on the edge of the dial. With a ceramic ball bearing, it is extremely efficient. The minute repeater mechanism is new from the ground up and does not follow the normal JLC minute repeater convention. One issue with minute repeaters is that when there are no gongs for the quarter hour, there is usually a long pause between the hour gongs and the minute gongs. JLC circumvented this by reducing this pause. It knows when there are no quarters to be struck and will jump straight to the hours. Furthermore, the hammers are patented trebuchet hammers that are stronger and provide  cleaner striking on the two crystal gongs fixed to the sapphire crystal.

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Tourbillon and minute repeater under 8mm

But wait, there’s more. Rather than a traditional slide to active the minute repeater, JLC implemented a pusher than only needs to travel 2mm to wind the barrel and trigger the minute repeater. Although the dial is quite simple, a lot of painstaking effort would have fone into this. Long dauphine style hands are meticulously polished and the 6 o’clock opening bares the tourbillon for all to see. The Caliber 362 45-hour power reserve movement also received a lot of attention. Limited to 75 pieces. They are sure to be hot pieces.

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