Hands on with Jaeger-LeCoultre 2014 Novelties

I doubt I’ll ever get over the excitement of having a manufacturer’s entire (almost) range of new watches placed in front of me.

A fortnight ago TVG was invited to The Stables at Randwick Race Course to get hands on with the Jaeger-LeCoultre 2014 novelties. 2014 was a relatively quiet year for Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) but it didn’t stop them releasing some of their finest timepieces to date. In my opinion Jaeger-LeCoultre is highly underrated in Australia, presenting outstanding value and heritage. JLC is a special brand in that they do every model in their range well. From the super rare invention pieces right down to their steel Master Ultra Thin – there isn’t a model I don’t like and that’s very rare, to enjoy every thing a brand does, not just a selection of models across the range.

Below are my highlights from the viewing, including Sam’s Deep Sea Vintage Chrono below, one of my all time favourites. Aside from the obvious highlights I really took to the Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931. I’ve never been able to wear the Reverso but the Rose Gold Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 felt like it was made for my wrist, complemented by a soft Cordovan leather strap – an absolute classic!

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Samuel Kan’s Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph

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Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931

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Master Ultra Thin 38.5mm in steel. Sub $10,000.

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The-Versatile-Gent-Hands-On-Jaeger-Le-Coultre-Basel-2014-Collection-Ultra-Thin-Gold Master Ultra Thin 1907 in Rose Gold. The case is only 4.05mm thick!

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Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic.

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Master Compressor wore very well for a 46mm watch.

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My favourite shot of the day. The Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique à Quantième Perpétuel.

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Beautiful backside and rotor on the Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon.

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Breathtaking Duomètre Unique Travel Time with dual time zones and dual power reserves.

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Duomètre Unique Travel Time case back. A work of art/

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The-Versatile-Gent-Hands-On-Jaeger-Le-Coultre-Basel-2014-Collection-3 The family.

Unfortunately the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon wasn’t in attendance on the day so I wasn’t able to shoot the thinnest minute repeater in the world. It was however the real highlight of 2014 and an astonishing achievement from JLC so I wanted to include it here.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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