One afternoon with the The Master Control by Jaeger-LeCoultre “prototypes”
I admit I was a bit eager to make first contact with the Master Control by Jaeger-leCoultre. A great opportunity to do a first test-drive of the new Hoyo de Monterrey “Rio Seco” together with a (as is customary now…) Ximenez-Spinola 10,000. Now I need only choose the Jazz record…
After acknowledging the general improvement in finishings of the case my next stop is the date window. Many times have criticised the vulgar “cost-cutting” of the previous Master Control line that replaced the metal frame around the date window with silver paint… Mistake now corrected in the new Master Control line. The metal frame is back even if not like it was in the 42mm Master Control line of a decade ago.
Looking closely y also see the change in finish of the hands. Instead of one side polished and the other sand-blasted, the Grande Maison has opted for a polished and linear-brushed finish. Might not be a big deal at first but that small detail improves the general visual luxury look of the watch.
Master Control Calendar
On hand, both the Date and Calendar Master Control watches are testament to elegance. Although I am still waiting to have a close encounter with what I think was “the” watch of W&W 2020, the Master Control Chrono-Calendar, I believe that the full-calendar version is a watch to consider VERY closely.
The unique jumping-date complication (so as to not obstruct the view of the moon-phase) makes this full-calendar stand out in the crowd.
As expected finishings are perfectly executed despite this being a prototype.
There is no doubt that there has been a change over the previous Master Control line. At a first glance many small changes have made a big change in the overall finishing of this new Master Control series. From the selection of a more sublime leather and elegantly cut shape, a simple yet very functional deployment buckle and very elegant proportions do finish the watch to perfection.
No doubt, many small details make a big product.