Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Control calendar has surpassed the rank with the past and appeared in an all-steel version two months ago. As a classical, slightly vintage offshoot of the brand, the Master Control family combines technical rigor with an aesthetic inspired by the round timepieces the brand designed in the 1950s. Equipped with an interchangeable stainless steel bracelet and a sober silver dial, the Master Control Calendar in steel is sportier, more contemporary and more versatile than leather strap options.
Earlier this year, we covered the blue dial model of the Master Control Calendar, a limited edition to mark the 30Th Master Control Line Anniversary. As you no doubt recall, the specialty of the JLC’s Triple Calendar is the jumping date from the 15th.Th Up to 16Th Each month to ensure that the moon phase display is not unclear. However, apologies to those of you who prefer blue dials, the watch is a case study in blue. The dial and matching blue calfskin strap are filled with blue, with blue backgrounds for the apertures for the day of the week, month, moon phase and small seconds. The result is a classic, elegant calendar dress watch with limited sophistication and dare I say limited clarity.
Just three months after the Blue Edition of the Master Control Calendar, the JLC designers seem to be listening as the model is fitted in full-steel mode with a new stainless steel bracelet with a quick-change system. Sportier, more contemporary and very versatile thanks to the interchangeable bracelet, the all-steel Master Control Calendar caught our eye. Released in conjunction with the Master Control Chronograph Calendar, the inspiration behind the steel models is “Bringing calendar displays and chronograph function more fully into contemporary everyday life, recognizing the importance of an active lifestyle”.
The reasonably sized 40mm stainless steel case responds to the 2020 design upgrade and features a thinner bezel, curved and beveled lugs, and alternating brushed and polished surfaces. With its more complicated movement, the case is slightly thicker with a height of 10.95mm and has three recessed pushers on the case band. These pushers adjust the calendar and moon phase functions with a special tool provided.
New here is a new stainless steel bracelet, H-style links with brushed middle links and polished outer links to match the case finishes. Thanks to the quick-change system, you can opt for a more formal leather bracelet for workdays (the watch comes with an additional beige strap in Novonappa calf leather) and pop a steel bracelet for weekends or sportier moments.
Compared to the blue dial, the legibility of the silver sunray-brushed dial is superior. As a watch that doesn’t highlight with a huge amount of Super-LumiNova, this is an important factor. Limited to luminous dots on the hours and a thin streak of lum on the Dauphin-style hour and minute hands, the silver dial provides a light background to offset the calendar functions, which are highlighted with delicate touches of color.
The symmetrical layout responds to the design of vintage calendar patterns. Two beveled apertures at noon with white backgrounds and blue inscriptions transmit the day of the week and month, while the date is pointer-style with numerals on the rim indicated by a thin, red-lacquered hand. When the red date hand lands on number 15, it jumps to land on number 16 with the words QUANTIEME à DATE SAUTANTE (surrounded by two red arrows) printed on the snailed date ring. The combination of applied rhodium-plated Arabic numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock face dart hour markers giving the dial its distinctive 1950s personality. The small seconds and moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock are slightly reduced and the starry night sky and small seconds hand are picked out in blue.
The name Master Control refers to the fact that this collection is the first to receive the brand’s pioneering “1,000 Hour” control certification. The automatic movement of the Master Control Calendar was upgraded in 2020 with silicon components. JLC’s in-house caliber 866 is directly inspired by the brand’s historical triple calendar timepieces but with a 21St– Technology of the century. The new barrel design offers a robust power reserve of 70 hours. The sapphire caseback reveals the openworked gold rotor and refined finishes of the movement.
The pure, classic silver dial truly captures the golden age of watchmaking of the 1950s, which the Master Control collection so beautifully celebrates. By incorporating a stainless steel bracelet, the Master Control Calendar is free to roam at large, bringing versatility to this classic calendar model that can be switched back to a leather strap for more formal situations.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar comes with a steel bracelet and an additional leather strap. EUR 15,400.
For more information, please contact jaeger-lecoultre.com.