Rooted in the VallÃ©e de Joux, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mastery of technical sophistication and aesthetics finds ample expression in its horological creations. Accuracy and beauty have been the hallmark of the manufacture since its inception and the Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel is testament to the pillars of technical and mechanical precision and age-old rare crafts. It’s also a seriously sexy looking watch.
Featuring a notably thin case, the watch puts guillochage and enamelling centre-stage, two metiers d’arts that have been kept alive for generations at the manufacture.
The intense, midnight blue guillochÃ© enamel sets off the new-style hour markers beautifully, while the guillochage motifs are lent a particularly mesmerising allure thanks to the hue of the enamel. This technique was revived at JLC in 1996 and remains the preserve of just a handful of skilled artisans.
Requiring serious concentration and meticulous attention to detail, the guillochage offers a perfect frame for the new polished moon phase, one of the most romantic of all horological complications.
When the moon is full, the miniature depiction mirrors the night sky thanks to the perfectly round and polished disk glimmering on a deep blue starry background. The hour markers have been updated and are split into two at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
Meanwhile, the staggeringly thin 10.04mm white gold case provides the super-slim home for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 925 automatic mechanical movement with a formidable 70-hour power reserve. In keeping with the inventive spirit established in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre, the new Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel unites contemporary elegance and a profound respect for tradition. There are just 100 of these watches to be acquired, each a fitting milestone in the Jaeger-LeCoultre story.