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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Eight Days Luxury Watch Review

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Eight Days combines the DNA of two JLC immortals into the ultimate high-value package for watch connoisseurs. With an eight-day movement, power reserve gauge, grand date, night/day indicator, and a classically styled display case back, this thoroughbred represents an awesome value in high horology. Jaeger-LeCoultre eight day movements have a history dating to 1919, and the most famous of the firm's eight day engines, the Caliber 124 of 1931. Its architecture inspired this modern Jaeger caliber. But the new movement was designed for a king among JLC references: the 2002 Reverso Septantieme. The 70th anniversary Reverso, the eight-day Septantieme was such an engineering challenge that JLC didn't actually launch it until 2002, the 71st anniversary of the Reverso. The Master Eight Days shares its movement engineering with the $94,000 dollar (in 2002!) Septantieme. Draw a tall rectangle around the dial complications of the Master Eight Days, and a ghostly image of the Septantieme appears. In 2003, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Master Eight Days Antoine LeCoultre to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of firm founder A. LeCoultre. In every respect but its platinum case, the 200-unit Antoine LeCoultre represented the final template for the Master Eight Days. Finally, in 2004, JLC announced the Master Eight Days for the rank-and-file watch enthusiasts. The 18-karat rose gold model, available from thewatchbox.com, features the engineering of the Septantieme, the classical good looks of the Antoine LeCoultre, and a price that even mortals can afford. Now available from thewatchbox.com with full Jaeger-LeCoultre boxes, papers, and manuals, the gorgeous 18-karat rose gold 41.5mm Master Eight Days packs history, heritage, versatility, and value that few manufacturers can rival. Video and content by Tim Mosso.