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JAEGER-LECOULTRE UPDATES ITS MASTER CONTROL COLLECTION

The new Master Control Chronograph Calendar

MASTER CLASS

JAEGER-LECOULTRE UPDATES ITS MASTER CONTROL COLLECTION

EVER SINCE ITS 1992 DEBUT , the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control collection has been the source of many of the watchmaker ’ s classically styled complicated watches . Jaeger-LeCoultre at the recent ( virtual ) Watches & Wonders 2020 updated the already well-rounded collection with new movements , more contemporary styling and more impressive technical specifications .
To do this , the watchmaker has incorporated design cues from many of its most important collections over many decades , most notably the Futurematic , PowerMatic and Memovox designs of the 1950s .
A few of the overall updated and Master Control enhancements include :
• A new 40mm case design that includes models with a new pink gold alloy called Le Grand Rose gold .
• New movements with increased power reserves ( up to 70 hours in many of the new calibers ). Most prominently , Jaeger-LeCoultre has re-engineered
Calibre 899 , a pillar of the Master Control collection . The improvements ( also incorporated into the entire range of Master Control calibers ) include a silicon escapement , a redesigned barrel and various energy-saving enhancements .
• On the dials , Jaeger-LeCoultre ’ s designers place sunray brushing on a silvery-white background , a blue central seconds hand on some models and blued subdial hands .
• All case-sides will be satin-brushed and complemented by a polished bezel , crowns and lugs . On the back you ’ ll find bas-relief engravings and a sapphire crystal caseback .
• The collection will now include soft , tan matte-finish Novonappa calf leather straps , made in France through a vegetable-based tanning process . The new straps can be changed without the need for a tool .
Like all Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces , the Master Control watches carry an eight-year warranty in addition to the 1,000 Hours Control certification .
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