JAEGER-LECOULTRE : Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic Ref. 205C571


The watch of today’s post may seem a little familiar. This year has seen Jaeger-LeCoultre give the Master Compressor Chronograph ceramic an update with a funky new dark slate grey dial and blue accents.

With date, second time zone and a day/ night indicator as well as the chronograph of its name, it has an unusual combination of functions in its 46mm ceramic case.

The chronograph’s hour and minute counters are at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock respectively, with a seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock. The second (home) time zone indicator is discret, coming in the form of a round window below the Jaeger-LeCoultre name on the dial.

The case has a patented compression key crown that guarantees water resistance for the chronograph, and satin-brushed stainless steel pushers. The watch is water resistant to 100m/ 10 bar.

Inside is the automatic Calibre 757 with a sixty-five hour power reserve and beating at 28,800 VPH.

Now to what is different and distinctive about this new model. I liked the previous version of this watch; this new model has quite a different feel to it, with the blue used a very bright bold one, and the blue open-worked hands standing out and of particular note.

Many used the word ‘stealthy’ for the earlier version, but the same cannot be said of this. The lighter grey dial draws the eye more, and the strong blue is also eye-catching. It is actually more sporty than the black version.

I’m a fan of contrast stitching on sporty watches where the stitching matches a colour on the dial. This watch comes on either an alligator leather strap with blue stitches or a black Trieste cloth strap.

Categories: chronograph, Hands-on, Jaeger-LeCoultre, SIHH 2016, Switzerland, Watch Profile, watches


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