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At this year’s SIHH 2017 the Swiss horology manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre revealed three new timepieces for their “Master Control” collection, which celebrates its 25th anniversary with call-backs to their back catalog.

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These watches with their vintage inspirations and silvered dials at first glance all seem like a shade of the same. But, as we focus in, each reveals its own complications, although they are very similar. We still haven’t held any of these in our hands, but they seem like a downgrade compared to previous models issued to this collection.

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Let’s start by looking at the “Master Control Date” which is the simplest of the three new offerings; and also becomes the entry price-point for a mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre by having undercut the price of their standard Master Control.

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The previous “JLC Master Control” (Ref#: 1548471) * Image courtesy of: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Time is exhibited on a lustrous two-tone white and silver sector dial with blue accents and black hour index markers, plus the Arabic numerals: 6, 9 and 12.  There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date

This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date” (Ref#: 1548530) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 899/1 with 32 jewels, 219 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.

MSRP: $5,700.00 USD

Next, we have the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic” that also exhibits time on a two-tone white and silver sector dial with blue accents and black hour index markers, plus the Arabic numerals: 3, 9 and 12. But, features another time-zone on an off-set dial over the 6 o’clock position, which has yet another minuscule dial attached to its left-side to indicate day/night via a 24-hour counter. Ultimately there is a 24-city disc running between the 5 and 7 o’clock positions that indicates your current time-zone.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic

This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic” (Ref#: 1428530) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 939B/1 with 34 jewels, 282 components and 28,800 vph. Featuring a 2nd time-zone that’s selected on the 24-city disc and a 24-hour display. Power reserve can last up to 43 hours, when fully wound.

MSRP: $9,400.00 USD

Finally we focus on the third and last addition to the “Master Control” collection, with its larger 40mm stainless-steel case and its push-buttons to active the chronograph movements. Here time is exhibited on the before mentioned two-tone white and silver sector dial with blue accents and black hour index markers, plus the Arabic numerals 6 and 12. It includes two sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a 12-hour counter at the 9 o’clock position. Also includes a tachymeter scale circling around the dial near the outer bezel.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph

This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph” (Ref#: 1538530) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 751G with 37 jewels, 277 components and 28,800 vph. Features a column wheel and a vertical clutch chronograph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 65 hours, when fully wound.

MSRP: $8,000.00 USD

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All these new Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces are made of stainless-steel with a transparent caseback and a 39mm case size, except for the “Master Chronograph” which has a 40mm case and a solid case back. Also in common with one another is a water-resistance that can reach up to 50m (165 feet) and all are mounted to a well suited dark blue alligator strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle.

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Written by Mauro Az