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From outer space: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar


Watch-making is the common ground between the grand and the petite and between the craftsmanship efforts put in by man and the natural sense of time found all around us.

This notion was highlighted at the preview of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 2015 novelties in Dubai, where the luxury Swiss watchmaker showcased its new Master Calendar model, which pays the truest tribute to astronomy.

Accurately demonstrating the brand’s admiration of the vast universe and the world of astronomy, Jaeger-LeCoultre chose meteorite as the material from which the dials on its new Master Calendar timepiece is made.

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris that comes from asteroids or comets. It forms in outer space and reaches Earth after surviving the impact of its atmosphere and its surface.

Meteorites are regarded among the oldest existing matter or objects to be touched or seen by the naked eye – they are believed to have been a part of the formation of planets; the remaining stones which didn’t, ended up floating in outer space for millions of years before reaching our planet.

During the preview, the brand invited two recreational astronauts, who explained the significance of meteorites to a small audience in an intimate setting, explaining how the two worlds of astronomy and watch-making can meet in a 39mm diameter.

“What I love is that we create extremely small products to reflect what’s happening in the universe, while these guys can tell you, ‘Well, this is what I observe on daily basis and you are right’,” Marc de Panafieu, brand director for Jaeger-LeCoultre for the Middle East told Aficionado during the preview.

“I was hearing the other side of the same story: very often people [tell] you a watch is about putting something – the entire universe of moon, stars and sun – into very small calibres that sometimes weigh only a few grams,” he added.

A whole new world

Meteorites are carved into thin, round slices, creating a solid block piece of meteorite that is then placed within the cases, serving as the dial.

However, due to its rough and instable texture, each slice then undergoes a number of delicate treatments to reach the right balance and smoothness, while maintaining its natural properties.

With its natural colours and patterns, the new meteorite dial disrupts the traditional-looking pure white dial found on the previous models of the collection, adding an attractive appeal to the fine timepiece.

According to Jaeger-LeCoultre, all the meteorite dials of the new Master Calendar belong to the single large stone that was discovered and is officially registered in Sweden; the meteorite has been traced back to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

While Jaeger-LeCoultre is not the first brand to introduce meteorite dials to its collections, the tenderness and care with which the extraterrestrial stone is treated results in a visually stunning interpretation of the not-so-common stone.

Beyond its captivating aesthetic, the new Master Calendar maintains its functional qualities, featuring the triple calendar layout.

A spinning axis determines the length of the day and the year, while the different moon phases indicate the new moon, quarter moon and full moon, before returning to the second quarter moon.

The meteorite-dialled Master Calendar is available in a stainless steel case with a classic black alligator leather strap, while the 18K rose gold version is complemented with a brown leather strap.

The new Master Calendar models started rolling out across the brand’s regional markets since late April.


First published on Aficionado, sister publication of Luxurymena.

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