Jager-LeCoultre are celebrating their 180th anniversary this year and so it’s not surprising that they are pulling out all the stops. The brand unveiled several very impressive new pieces at SIHH 2013, however for me (and for many others I’m sure) the absolute show-stealer was the breath-taking Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee.
At the SIHH earlier this year luxury Maison IWC unveiled the spectacularly complicated Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon and if I’m honest, I don’t much care for it.
Now, there is no doubt that this is an exceptional example of technical excellence, a mastery of the mechanical if you will, after all just about everything from the brand is. However for me it just feels a little contrived and inelegant. This is not surprisingly really given that the Ingenieur collection is just about as far from elegant as you can get and rightfully so but at US$290,000 I don’t think I want to be making compromises.
Spring is almost sprung and the warmer weather is inevitably on its way – admittedly slowly but hopefully surely – and that can only mean one thing; short-sleeves. Be it your favourite polo on the golf course or a nice breezy shirt on your yacht, it’s time to start exposing those wrists again.
So take full advantage of the absence of restrictive shirt cuffs and strap something truly substantial to your wrist, like this oversized 47mm beauty from Panerai, the 1940s inspired PAM 515 Radiomir 3 Days Oro Rosso.
Yesterday, as part of my ongoing quest to find the perfect evening watch I took a closer look at the 2013 update of Lange & Soehne’s sublimely elegant Up/Down timepiece. Today I am turning my attention to another brand in the Richemont stable, long-time favorite Jaeger-LeCoultre, and their delightfully elegant Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface.