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Watches & Wonders 2022 - the Jaeger-LeCoultre novelties

Watches & Wonders 2022 has begun and the watchmaker's watchmaker is sharing their novelties. With a line-up this strong it was hard for me to pick a true favorite, but I have managed to choose three that I find the most interesting.

JLC Polaris Perpetual Calendar - the complicated sports watch

JLC Polaris Perpetual Calendar

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris has been a favorite of many, as it incorporates a sporty element into the brand that is so well known for its exceptional watchmaking. While the collection already features a chronograph, an alarm, as well as time only and world time watches, the brand is adding another complication - the perpetual calendar. Without doubt one of the most useful complications, the perpetual calendar will keep the precise date at all times, as it incorporates a mechanism accounting for the leap years, apart from the year 2100, which is not a leap year due to the compensation days in the Gregorian calendar. However, since that is still in the future, let’s get back to the watch, which is available in either stainless steel with a steel bracelet or rose gold with a fitting blue rubber strap. No matter the case material, both versions come with a beautiful gradient blue dial and display the time, as well as the year, month, day and date, and moon phase - all in a 100m water resistant case. This is haute horlogerie ready to go anywhere.

JLC Polaris Perpetual Calendar

JLC Master Grande Tradition Caliber 948

JLC Master Grande Tradition Caliber 948

If there is one genre in haute horlogerie I utterly adore, it is without doubt the category of travel watches. Not only do I genuinely enjoy world time watches in all different manners, but the finest of these are the most interesting to me, as they are reminiscent of a time when watches were invaluable pieces of equipment for successful navigation over our planet. The new Master Grande Tradition Caliber 948, is exactly such a watch. You wouldn’t wear it while sailing around the world in search of unknown territory, but it still resembles that spirit of navigation and thanks to its gorgeous world time complication, that is even topped off by a beautiful 60 seconds tourbillon, it is genuinely useful when traveling abroad. Uniting multiple skills from the Manufacture’s Métiers Rares atelier, 70 hours alone go into the creation of the domed, open-worked and enameled dial. However, the watchmaking behind is also among the finest you can find, as its automatic winding movement is powering a 60 seconds tourbillon which rotates around the dial once every 24 hours. As you might have guessed already, this is a highly exclusive piece, which results in only 20 to be made, so you better call your nearest boutique fast!

JLC Atmos Hybris Mechanica Caliber 590

JLC Atmos Hybris Mechanica Caliber 590

I know we are all about wristwatches here, but the Atmos Hybris Mechanica Caliber 590 is among the most important watches the brand has announced at this fair. For those who don’t know about the Atmos, this is the brand's tabletop clock that has a nearly infinite power reserve due to a temperature dependent mechanism that uses the expansion of a gas to generate its power. It is also the official gift of the Swiss Confederation to diplomats for over fifty and thus can be found in quite a few offices all over the world. With the Atmos Hybris Mechanica, the Maison is now presenting the most complex Atmos ever. With most of the worksteps, such as miniature-painting, laser-engraving, as well as lacquer work and meteorite inlay being performed by the Métiers Rares, the result is not only a horological masterpiece, but also a true work of art. The new complication nicknamed ‘tellurium’ required four years of research and development before it could be finally conceived. This complication is fully implemented into the movement and reproduces the rotation of the earth around its own axis, the orbiting of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun, as well as the corresponding seasons with a zodiacal annual calendar. Thanks to the master watchmakers incredible research and development, this clock establishes a cycle of 365.2466 days, which is extremely close to the reference value of 365.2425 days of the gregorian calendar, that it varies only one day in 390 years, resulting in the next adjustment in the 2412 - make sure you keep all the paperwork for your ancestors ancestors ancestors.

Concluding this article, I find it hard to pick a favorite among the Maison’s novelties, simply because nearly all of them are purely breathtaking. Jaeger-LeCoultre has once again proven that they are true master watchmakers that are capable of implementing all the arts and crafts into their timepieces.

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