December didn’t have to wait till the 25th or SIHH 2018 for Jaeger-LeCoultre to roll out a gift. As they’ve just released another limited edition “Geophysic True Second” timepiece. It serves to commemorate the original release of this model, which dates back to 1958.
This watch will only be available for purchase exclusively via the Jaeger-LeCoultre on-line boutique. Also another peculiarity of this new offering is the fact that although it’s a limited edition of only 100 manufactured pieces. They haven’t been exclusively numbered, but instead all come with the indication “one of 100” engraved on their case back.
This means there will be no fuss over certain customers rushing to obtain a specific number, but it also takes away a certain “charm” normally associated with the regularly numbered down limited editions. Besides possibly creating speculation over whether or not only 100 pieces were “truly” created. But, we trust a prestigious brand such as Jaeger-LeCoultre wouldn’t engage in such dubious actions.
Once again the “Geophysic True Second” comes equipped with the caliber 770 movement, just like their previously released models back in 2015. The 22k gold “Gyrolab” balance seen thru the exhibition case back with a non-circular design, required a challenging research in order to reduce the effects of air friction that initially troubled this movement.
But, after a ground-breaking innovation Jaeger-LeCoultre was left with a very accurate mechanism with no further need for tweaking. Another highlight feature of this movement is how they designed it so that the hour hand can be set independently, without moving the minute hand.
The 39.6mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is a very thin bezel, which offers a larger landscape for the immersive blue dial. It has been crafted with angular surfaces giving off a sleek look. A nice subtle touch comes in the form of luminous dots applied on the inner flange circling around the dial. Finally the short tapered lugs provide a tight yet comfy wrist fit. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue sunray-brushed dial with stainless-steel applied hour index markers, followed by smaller white printed minute index markers. On the rim of the bezel are small round patina colored markings that align with the hour index markers. There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position. The central hands and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility; further reinforced by the aforementioned round inner flange luminous dots.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second” (Ref#: 8018480) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 770 with 36 jewels, 275 parts and 28,800 vph. The oscillating wheel of the caliber has been shaped like an anchor with the Jaeger-LeCoultre symbol in its midst all in rose gold. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 40 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a brown calfskin strap with exposed stitching and a patina finish, while secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. This is a worthy collectors limited edition watch with only 100 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Jaeger-LeCoultre website here.
MSRP: $9,900.00 USD
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