Throughout many years, Jaeger-LeCoultre as a manufacture has done an incredible expertise in developing and creating ultra-thin movements. New Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Date for the 2015 is truly dedicated to this ‘slender’ theme of the movement. To be honest it is really hard to create such watch with the minimalistic appearance, because little details build or spoil the whole creation. In this case, Jaeger-LeCoultre succeed with its Master Ultra Thin Date watch, which is well balanced in both aspects of the harmony and proportions. It offers beautiful round-shaped case unveiling the best in my opinion type of elegance – simple and discreet elegance. It doesn’t have to be gaudy and flashy to impress. It perfectly holds the codes of the Master Ultra Thin collection philosophy.
The extreme slenderness is possible thanks to the Calibre 899 movement, which presents an automatic winding. Everything is assembled in the 40mm case with the thickness of just 7.45mm. A stainless steel gives this slender watch a touch of modernity and visual lightness, but in fact this watch is really light and I hope comfortable in wearing. The elegant aspect of this timepiece is complemented by silvered dial, Dauphine hands, hour markers and dots between them in the matching colour. A date is displayed in the slick aperture at 6 o’clock. The full design of this watch is completed by the black alligator leather strap.
Getting a simple three-hander right is an elusive accomplishment. Whether it’s a dive watch or formal wear, the little details can make or break everything, and it is in the latter that Jaeger-LeCoultre has excelled with the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Date. Sleek and balanced proportions are made possible thanks to the svelte JLC-manufactured caliber 899, which even packs an automatic winding system and date complication for good measure. At just 7.45 mm thick, the Ultra Thin Date has made little in the way of compromises.
Ultra thin watches are nothing new at Jaeger-LeCoultre. They’ve managed to fit a diverse range of complications within their Master Ultra Thin family, including perpetual calendars and tourbillons alike. If your budget is under the $10,000 mark, the Ultra Thin Date will be your entry to this club. For 2015, the watch gains another layer of subtlety.
The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Date will be offered in a steel case, sized at 40 mm in diameter and 7.45 mm thick. The watch sets powdered dots between the applied hour markers, and the Dauphine hands are all matched in color (opposed to the blue seconds hand on last year’s model). It’s a step closer to a completely sterile dial, but presents all necessary information in a restrained fashion.