Jaeger-Lecoultre has long been regarded as one of the most prestigious watch brands in the world, thanks to its classic Reverso model. Jaeger Lecoultre is known and admired for its luxury timepieces that are the essence of classic elegance and timeless style, from the rarest craft skills to the most cutting-edge technologies. Master watchmakers, engineers, and technicians work in unison to create each watch, influenced by time-honored expertise and a never-ending quest for technological advancements, as well as enthusiasm and vision for innovation and creativity.
From 1866 to 1937, Jaeger-LeCoultre was known as LeCoultre & Cie. Thanks to a collaboration with Edmond Jaeger, a Paris-based watchmaker who worked with the French Navy, ‘Jaeger’ was born. Edmond tasked Swiss watchmakers in 1903 with creating the ultra-thin movements he had developed and invented. With the LeCoultre Calibre 145, LeCoultre welcomed and excelled. After a fifteen-year partnership with Jaeger (in which LeCoultre supplied all of Jaeger’s movements), LeCoultre became the exclusive movement supplier to Cartier in 1903. It was from this partnership that the Jaeger-LeCoultre name was born. Picking the greatest Jaeger-LeCoultre watches to buy right now isn’t easy, with over 1,200 calibers, 400 patents, and hundreds more creations. However, just as LeCoultre took up Edmond Jaeger’s challenge, we’ve taken up our own and brought you the coolest JLC watches to buy this year.
Master Ultra-Thin Moon Automatic Men’s Watch
This circular-shaped watch is attractive and classy, with a combination of stainless steel and a black alligator strap. It has a stainless steel bezel that is fixed, a black dial with silver-tone hands, and index hour indicators. On the outer rim is a thebe minute marker. It has an automated dial with a date and moon phase subdial. It has a scratch-resistant crystal sapphire display and a clear back shell. It features a case diameter of up to 39 mm, is water-resistant to 50 meters, and has a double folding clasp. A two-year warranty is also included with the watch.
Memovox Deep Sea Master Chronograph
The design of this watch is based on the Memovox Deep Sea model from 1959. It includes a chronoflight onboard instrument with three modes: white for ready to use, red/white for in operation, and red for halted. The reinforced cermet case, which is made up of aluminum, titanium, and ceramic reinforcement. This highlights the unrivaled qualities of lightness, resistance, and stability. The baton hand is skeletonized, and the numerals are black matt and luminous. The straps include a pin buckle and are composed of high-tech material.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar
The Master Control family of watches has been around since 1992, and JLC released this innovative watch in 2020. This watch is no exception to the family’s history of fascinating mechanical intricacies. This clock is a first for JLC because it has a full calendar (day, date, and month) as well as a moon phase indicator. To make this possible, JLC conceived and constructed a whole new movement, the JLC 759, which contains 356 parts and has a 65-hour power reserve.
We prefer the stainless steel version, but this watch is also available in a new Le Grande Rose Gold color, which has palladium added to JLC’s top-secret formula to help prevent natural oxidation and keep the watch looking new for years.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétual
If you ever needed proof that JLC is truly a cut above the rest, this mouthful of a watch is it. There’s a lot going on with this watch, which is a colossal feat of engineering. The gyrotourbillon, also known as a multi-axis flying tourbillon, was designed by JLC and involves mounting a normal tourbillon cage inside another cage so that it rotates on both vertical and horizontal axes, eliminating the effects of gravitational forces.
A minute repeater with a Westminster chime is located elsewhere to signify the quarters between hours and minutes, which is no simple feat. Oh, and there’s also a perpetual calendar, which is a piece of cake for a company of JLC’s caliber. In reality, the JLC 184 movement contains 1056 parts and is housed in a case that is only 43mm broad and 8.9mm high. JLC deserves a pat on the back.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual
The Master Ultra Thin line of watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre has always been admired by the watchmaking community. It’s no easy challenge for JLC to pack multiple intricacies into several models while keeping the clocks much slimmer than you’d think. This model, which includes a perpetual calendar and was released in 2013, is proof of it, measuring just 9.2mm thick, which is ridiculous. JLC’s caliber 868, a 4.72mm thick ultra-thin modular perpetual calendar movement that has previously been used, allows for such a tiny frame.
While it is also available in rose or white gold for those who like precious metals, the stainless steel alternative should pique the interest of many watch enthusiasts, since it makes a perpetual calendar more affordable.