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Jaeger-Le Coultre Master Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche

by Michael Weare
9 November, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

JLC Ultrathin Reserve de Marche

This article was written and contributed by Jonathan Fairfield, a Writer and English teacher based in Thailand.

All certainly seems to be well at Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre. Earlier this year saw the announcement that 2011 was their best sales year to date, with increasing growth set to continue well into 2012 and beyond. Taking into consideration these are somewhat challenging economic times, it makes their announcement even more impressive.

With a growing number of stylish and technical timepieces being added to their collection, it is little wonder that each new model presented by the luxury Swiss watchmakers is undoubtedly eagerly anticipated by watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

Jaeger-LeCoultre is of course famous for making not just stylish luxury watches but for also creating their own movements and cases, something that many watch lovers recognise.

Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche 2012

JLC Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche

This particular JLC timepiece is the latest addition to its twenty year old Master Collection. The 2012 Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche is an updated version of the same watch from a couple of years ago. What is traditionally a very classically styled timepiece, the new version actually measures 39mm in diameter, as opposed to the original version which was 37mm. Whilst it certainly doesn’t look small on the wrist, the watch is still only 9.85mm thick and delicately peeps out from beneath your shirt cuff.

Available in either rose gold or steel with a silver toned, sunburst dial, the dauphine hour and minute hands, as well as the triangle shaped hour markers add a nice finish to this slightly larger dial. Despite the dial essentially being the same as the original version (no bad thing), the blue hands on the three sub-dials adds a welcomed element of colour and helps to add to the overall look of the dial itself.

JLC 938 Calibre movement

JLC Ultrathin Reserve de Marche movement

Whilst there seems little reason to change a winning formula, inside the watch you’ll find the same in-house automatic calibre 938 Jaeger LeCoultre movement, which is comprised of 273 parts and has a 43 hour power reserve. As is typical of the Jaeger LeCoultre brand, the movement is not only finely decorated, but also visible though the back of the sapphire case.

The three sub dials include the secondary functions of a power reserve indicator, as well as a seconds and date dial, which are placed at 10, 6 and 2 o’clock respectively. Despite the inclusion of these three sub-dials, the watch looks far from overloaded with functions.

Water resistant to 50 metres, the chocolate toned alligator strap complements the comfortable, stylish, yet simple timepiece well. In fact, that is almost certainly one of the attractions to the Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche – its style and simplicity.

As for the price, the rose gold version is available for somewhere in the region of $20,000, where you can expect to pay around $10,000 for the steel version.

 

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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