Wednesday night saw Time+Tide invite Jaeger-LeCoultre into our office, along with some of our most die-hard fans (you have to be a little die-hard to make it out on such a cold evening), for an evening of watch-related entertainment.
There is no doubt that the guests of honour were a brace of brand new Master Ultra Thin watches, with stunning enamel guilloché dials in white gold cases. These were the watches first on show at SIHH 2019, and it was great to see them closer to home. And while our readers were keen to debate the merits of tourbillon versus perpetual on a one-to-one basis, there were some other dazzling stars on offer. There was the astonishing (and astonishingly complex) Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Zodiaque, and — I have to say, these are perhaps my favourite JLC releases of the year — the gorgeous new Dazzling Rendez-Vous, which sees some serious weight of diamonds, set using the very complementary griff setting. The resulting watch is a stunner.
But the Jaeger-LeCoultre presence wasn’t just limited to the display cases, there were plenty of Reversos and Master collection pieces in the room – including a Tribute to Reverso 1931, with a very cool case engraving on the wrist of the brand’s Australian Managing Director Justin Devaux.
All in all it was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to see some of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s precise artistry up close and personal.