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Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus Chronographe Moonphase Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/jaeger-lecoultre/#watches The Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus Chronographe Moonphase is the missing link between JLC's glorious past and its peerless present. Blessed with both traditional mechanical drivetrains and quartz accuracy, this mecaquartz combines exotic engineering with a rose-and-yellow-gold 18-karat 34mm case. The icing on this singular fusion cuisine is a delectable lacquered dial. Rare, exotic, and discrete, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus Chronographe Moonphase was part of the series that helped pull beleaguered JLC back from the brink during the 1980s. Reduced to a virtual component supplier for other Swiss houses, JLC needed to make a provocative statement in its bid for resurrection. The Odysseus line delivered. Strong case lines including stepped bezels and fluted lugs produced the visual impact of far larger timepieces, but Odysseus models' traditionally thin profiles were elegance incarnate. Jaeger-LeCoultre invested this Odysseus Chronographe Moonphase with no one but two variants of gold; yellow gold comprises the case and lugs; the step of the bezel is rich rose gold. A lacquered dial in gloss off-white provides the Odysseus Chronographe with a lustrous face. The quality of Jaeger-LeCoultre's lacquered dial is indistinguishable from enamel, and this example retains outstanding physical condition. Playful flourishes of color abound. The vintage style pulsation scale or "doctor's calibration" is a brilliant blue; all chronograph hands and subdials are rendered in a complementary shade of cobalt. Accents of red dot the minute track. Complication displays and hour indices are formed from applied gold elements that add depth and metallic gleam to the soft glow of the lacquer. Four equidistant subdials ensure balance, and the romance of the moon phase disc provides charisma in spades. Inside its ultra-thin case, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus Chronographe features one of the most exotic movements the high horology sector has ever seen. The 25-jewel hybrid combines a mechanical chronograph and an in-house Jaeger-LeCoultre quartz movement. Caliber 630 sports traditional levers, wheels, and pivot jewels in tandem with transistors, integrated circuits, and electrical relays. The entire assembly is only 3.7mm thick, but it incorporates a triple-register chronograph, a date function, a moon phase display, and a programmed low-battery warning system. JLC's legendary and rarely seen "mechaquartz" system may have been born in 1987, but it remains an absolute event when one of these gems appears at a Red Bar meet or gathering of watch collectors. With the accuracy of quartz, the positive tactile feedback of a mechanical chronograph, and a pedigree that's pure Vallee de Joux, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus Chronographe Moonphase appeals equally to intellects and the souls of those who love high horology. See this outstanding Jaeger-LeCoultre Odysseus Chronographe Moonphase in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso