LESS IS MORE

THIS SIM­PLE EX­TE­RIOR IS HID­ING AN UL­TRA-PRE­CISE MOVE­MENT AND AN IN­NO­VA­TIVE BAL­ANCE WHEEL.

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - TIMEPIECES - Felix Scholz

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

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