Only Watch 2019: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel Chestnut Will Help Save Lives
The biennial Only Watch charity watch auction event will take place in Geneva in two weeks after going on a promotional world tour with stops in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East. The watches were exhibited at Malmaison by The Hour Glass on October 25 and 26. A total of 50 watch brands took part in the meaningful activity, which aims to raise funds for medical research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Monaco's Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies. One of these brands is Jaeger-LeCoultre, which created the Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel Chestnut to support the initiative.
Here are three things to know about the piece-unique creation.
1/3 Dark beauty
The Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel Chestnut comes in a 39mm-wide white gold case with a hand-guillochéd enamel dial in a striking yet unusual chestnut colour. It is equipped with the automatic calibre 868A/2, which comes with 70 hours of power reserve. On its dial are indications for day, date, month, year, moon phase and security zone. Time is read normally via the hour, minute and seconds hands.
2/3 Sexy back
Appreciate the beauty of a Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture movement by flipping it over. You will see the calibre 868A/2's handsome Côtes de Genève on the bridges, the bevelled and polished edges, the blued screws and the perlage pattern on the main plate, as well as the openworked rose gold rotor with the brand’s logo. The watchmaker engraved "Piece Unique" on the white gold casing ring too.
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3/3 Crafted by hand
In the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland is a department of expert craftsmen and specialist artisans, who come together to form the Métiers Rares workshop. The Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Enamel Chestnut is the culmination of the skills in the workshop.
Take the moonphase indicator at 6 o'clock, for instance. The workmanship on the engraved counter is superlative as the craftsmen showed the moon's waxing and waning phases beautifully, giving the various moon symbols depth and layer. The dial’s chestnut brown translucent enamel is another beautiful touch, as with the sunburst guilloché pattern on the watch face. The guillochage work was carried out by hand on both the dial and the counters by the workshop's artisans, using age-old machines and tools—testament to the high level of traditional watchmaking crafts and skills in the manufacture.