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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master World Geographic Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com The mid-2000s were a period of unbridled creative energy in La Grande Maison of Le Sentier. This Jaeger-LeCoultre Master World Geographic joined the parade of extraordinary complications as an SIHH 2006 debut. At 41.5mm in stainless steel, this automatic winding high horology complication offers value for money that no rivals can match. The Master World Geographic boasts a truly exceptional family tree. JLC's dual-time/world time watch takes its place alongside the Master Tourbillons, Compressors, Extreme Labs, and Minute Repeaters as proof-in-metal of JLC's resurrection from the firm's near-death experience of the 1980s. JLC, reduced to a backwater ebauche supplier by the mid-80s, only recovered the technical expertise to fashion a dual-time watch during the "rose gold Reverso" skill-recovery exercise of the 1990s. By the mid-2000, the muscular "Grande Maison" of historic lore was back and ready to launch complications with usability, durability, and value that no rival could duplicate. This Master World Geographic stands as one of the most impressive examples of the resulting creative torrent. At first glance, this watch strikes its user as the kind of timepiece only A. Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet will undertake - and then only for a price deep into five figures (or more). JLC delivers all of the high-horology impact thanks to a cool silver-on-silver color scheme that allows each complication to stand out in stark contrast to the metallic background. The seamless flow of silver dial to steel bezel creates the impression of a larger timepiece, and the prominence of each individual complication ensures that legibility is excellent. In practical terms, all complications present on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master World Geographic are ideal selections for an everyday timepiece. The power reserve allows an owner to keep track of the wind and avoid resetting the many independent timing displays; a radial date tracks the local time of the primary time zone; a second time zone can be tracked on the sundial at six o'clock; the "world time" chapter ring permits instant reading of the time in any of the world's 24 primary time zones. Got all that? If not, you will. This is a supremely readable and useful luxury watch for the man on the move. Frequent travelers with many disparate friends, family members, and business contacts can stay abreast of the best time to reach out - and when to avoid an accidental 4 a.m. wake-up call. With the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master World Geographic, JLC may not give you the world in the palm of your hand, but the wrist is another matter. See this Jaeger-LeCoultre Master World Geographic in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso