LESS IS MORE
THIS SIMPLE EXTERIOR IS HIDING AN ULTRA-PRECISE MOVEMENT AND AN INNOVATIVE BALANCE WHEEL.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is renowned for restraint in the design of its timepieces. Models like the Reverso and Master Ultra Thin define modern elegance. Where other brands impress through addition — be it diamonds, complications or increased case size — Jaeger-LeCoultre understands that often less is more. The latest example of its purist design is the Geophysic True Second. Inspired by an extremely precise watch from 1958, the latest version is an exercise in simplicity. But its steel case and finely grained silver dial belie its impressive features.
The only clue that it hides something special behind the dial is the second hand. Rather than move in the smooth, continuous sweep that is the marker of a mechanical watch, this one jumps in precise one-second increments. This tick isn’t due to a battery-powered quartz movement, but rather the highly precise Calibre 770. The distinctive movement of the True Second allows for extremely accurate reading of the seconds, a nod to the scientific origins of the watch. JLC has integrated a second hairspring to handle the extra energy this complication requires. In addition to this, it has spent the past eight years developing the Gyrolab, an improved, asymmetrical balance wheel that makes its commercial debut in the Geophysic. Turns out this watch isn’t so simple after all, but epitomises the work of Jaeger-LeCoultre; quiet, confident and supremely accomplished. RRP $ 11,400