You probably recall the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Tribute that was introduced in 2014 (we wrote about it here). At the time also a limited edition that came in three different case materials: stainless steel (800 pieces), pink gold (300 pieces) and platinum (58 pieces). A tribute to the original 1958 Geophysic, with a 38.5mm diameter cases (instead of the original 35mm). All three watches were equipped with the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 898/1 movement. Then, in 2015, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the Geophysic True Second, with caliber 770.
Now (available as of tomorrow, December 5th, in Europe and the US), Jaeger-LeCoultre comes with another limited edition Geophysic True Second limited edition that commemorates the original 1958 version. Like the Geophysic that was introduced in 2015, this watch features a ‘True Second’ complication, where as the 2014 model had a sweeping second hand.
This Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second is limited to 100 pieces only and will only be offered through the Jaeger-LeCoultre on-line boutique. The watches are not exclusively numbered, but will indicate it is ‘one of 100’ on the case back. This ensures that you won’t have to fight over specific numbers but it also means you can’t have your lucky number (unless it’s 1). While I am not particularly a fan of this way of ‘numbering’ limited editions, I fully trust that Jaeger-LeCoultre has put some thought in this and will respect the numbers and total production of 100 pieces.
Its Gyrolab balance wheel of non-circular design demanded a great deal of research in how to reduce the effects of air friction. This ground-breaking innovation makes the watch significantly more accurate. Also interesting is that this Jaeger-LeCoultre movement also has a feature that you can independently set the hour hand (without moving the minutes hand). A neat feature that is being adopted by a number of other brands today. As you can see in the image above, the weight mass is in (22 ct) gold and the caliber 770 movement has a beautiful finish.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second Limited Edition watch also increased 1.1mm in diameter, to 39.6mm. A perfect size for many and still relatively small. The watch measures 11.8mm in thickness.
One of the biggest eye-catchers however is the dial of this new Geophysic True Second limited edition. A beautiful ocean blue dial, with a sunburst pattern. You will also immediately recognize the central cross on the dial, like the previous model(s) from 2014. Applied stick shaped hour markers give a great contrast with that ocean blue dial. The same applies for the hands.
This watch has reference number Q8018480 and comes on a brown calfskin strap. It will be available starting tomorrow (December 5th) for Europe and the United States of America. Price is approx €10.000, depending on country/region.
More information via the on-line Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique.
Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more