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Hands-On Review Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907

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We at Monochrome Watches get our share of impressive timepieces to put on, however a watch that's (almost) the thinnest watch on the planet still seems to impress. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907, introduced at SIHH 2014 in Geneva, is thin like a razor, superbly legible, and incredibly stylish. We've reviewed this 4.05-mm thick (or thin) watch out for you.

Before we attempted it on, we wondered the way it would feel around the wrist. Just over 4 mm tall, this type of watch may feel fragile, almost frighteningly thin to put on. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907 may be the second iteration of the ultra-thin timepiece out of this watchmaking grande maison in Switzerland's Vallée de Joux. The very first version, performed in platinum, was introduced included in the 180 years Jubilee Collection that Jaeger-LeCoultre launched as tribute to Antoine LeCoultre in 2013. The Actual Ultra Thin 1907 is available in a 39-mm rose-gold situation that's just 4.05-mm thick.

This watch's design didn't emerge from nothing (no pun intended). It had been inspired with a vintage pocketwatch, and not simply any pocketwatch however the world's thinnest pocketwatch (still it holds that record today). Rewind to 1903, when Edmond Jaeger, who'd end up being the “Jaeger” within the brand's name, was watch manufacturing company towards the French Navy. As a result, he challenged Swiss watch manufacturers to build up and convey the ultra-thin movements he had invented. It had been Antoine LeCoultre's grand son, Jacques-David LeCoultre, who recognized the task and manufactured an accumulation of ultra-thin pocket watches, such as the world's thinnest which was outfitted using the LeCoultre Calibre 145. In 1937, the collaboration between Edmond Jaeger and Jacques-David LeCoultre brought towards the renaming from the LeCoultre watch company as “Jaeger-LeCoultre,” which grew to become the name printed around the dials.

Are you aware that as a result of complicated system of import responsibilities in a few countries, particularly the U . s . States, Jaeger-LeCoultre offered watches in The United States for many years underneath the old “LeCoultre”  label. In Europe and all of those other world, these watches were signed “Jaeger-LeCoultre.” The movements utilized in both LeCoultre- and also the Jaeger-LeCoultre-signed watches are similar. It wasn't until 1985 the name “Jaeger-LeCoultre” was utilized uniformly all over the world. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Jubilee was the thinnest watch on the planet during the time of introduction. It's since been surpassed by Piaget's Altiplano 38mm 900P. So, even though the newest Master Ultra-Thin 1907 isn't the world's thinnest watch, it's still very thin.

Within the watch ticks the world's thinnest by hand wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 849. It comprises 123 parts and it is just 1.85-mm tall. To compare, have a ruler and appearance how thin 2-mm is. The movement is even thinner, so when fully wound it features a power reserve of 35 hrs. Spectacular, for me!

To help keep the situation slim, Jaeger-LeCoultre chosen a so-known as knife-formed situation. Which means its thickest part (if you're able to call 4.05 mm thick) provides the movement, the (snap-on) caseback and also the azure very. The caseback is solid because adding a azure window into it would immediately boost the situation thickness. The part round the situation is thinner and accustomed to screw the lugs onto. The situation is shackled by the wrist having a glossy brown alligator strap, with no visible stitching, along with a rose-gold tang buckle.

The dial is white-colored, having a finely grained surface, featuring printed minute dots, and stick hour markers, with double stick markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. Careful analysis choose printed markers is straightforward: applied markers would want additional height (both your hands might not touch the markers) and that might be counter towards the whole idea of the watch. Both your hands are extremely-known as dauphine hands and, out of the box typical for JLC, one for reds of every hands is sandblasted (or micro-blasted, hence not shiny) as the partner is polished.

Around the wrist, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin is superbly comfortable. It's very light and, obviously, ultra-thin. One factor that slightly bothered me would be that the lugs aren't bent downwards, and due to the tips could be a bit sharp for the shirt, particularly when the cuff is tight.

To conclude, this ultra-thin, über-stylish beauty is an ideal, classical dress watch. Despite less formal attire, it appears excellent. The rose-gold situation and hands possess a lovely warm glow that is offset superbly through the finely grained white-colored dial. Because the only watch that's thinner, Piaget's Altiplano 38mm 900P, isn't a “classic” dress watch, this Jaeger-LeCoultre is most likely the thinnest of this kind of dress watch available on the market. It retails for $18,600 within the U.S.

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