This Jaeger-LeCoultre is a great example of just how true the old saying about assumptions is. You see, it’s easy to pigeonhole JLC as producing only fine, delicate and dressy watches – classic Reversos, or smart vintage-inspired pieces, for example. And while it’s true that this style of watchmaking is their bread and butter, that doesn’t mean they’re not supremely well-equipped to belt out a truly excellent contemporary piece when they put their mind to it.
This latest version of the Master Compressor Chronograph ceramic illustrates the point perfectly. This stealthy-luxe sports watch was released at SIHH with (appropriately enough) zero fanfare, but that’s OK, because the matt black ceramic case with pink gold details makes an impressive statement all on its own.
Aside from the new colourway, not much has changed from when the piece was first released in 2014. The case is quite large at 46mm, and the crown features the patented compression key, which, when activated, means the case is good for 100m of water resistance. The calibre 757 movement includes a chronograph and a second timezone, and is good for 65 hours of power reserve.
In many ways this watch is similar to a supercar. Sure, the specifications are impressive, and the skill of the construction reassuring, but that’s merely the logical rationalisation of the intense, visceral appeal of the watch. The purposeful design paired with the striking juxtaposition of rich gold and cold ceramic make this watch a surefire hit.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic (ref. 205L570) Australian pricing
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic, $21,500