Recently, I was in Las Vegas at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique at the Wynn for the unveiling of a top-secret timepiece. It is an amazing Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar! This watch is a winner for sure.
It marks the first time the brand unveils a perpetual calendar in such an ultra-thin piece. In fact, the 39mm watch boasts streamlined lugs and a slim bezel—and measures a mere 9.2mm thin. It houses the Calibre 868, whose perpetual calendar functions can all be changed via a single corrector on the side of the case. One press moves the calendar one day forward. So sophisticated is the 336-part movement that it takes account of the unequal lengths of different months automatically, and of the leap year.
Featuring the same classic elements that Jaeger-LeCoultre reserves for its prestigious pieces, the mechanical masterpiece boasts a harmoniously balanced dial that displays the three counters of the perpetual calendar gracefully. It even offers a four-digit year indicator. The watch is offered in 18-karat white gold ($34,700), 18-karat rose gold ($31,600), and in a Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique-exclusive stainless steel version. And this one is definitely a steal at an amazing $19,995.
Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.