On the surface, you’d think this was JLC trying to channel their inner Richard Mille. But once you look a little deeper, you realize that this truly is a watch from JLC’s LABoratory. It is by far and away the most complex watch in my collection.
At first glance, it’s a highly-complicated skeleton from Jaeger-LeCoultre. But once you look a little deeper, you realize that this truly is a watch from JLC’s LABoratory. There is so much here to unpack. The skeleton styling showcasing many of its 700+ parts. The ceramic bezel. The titanium case. The digital minutes counter for the 24-hour chronograph. The easily swappable straps (with a socket-wrench-like sizing feature) that features a micro-adjustment buckle with enough moving parts to almost require a blog post of its own. And then there’s the GMT hand, the crazy “radial” power reserve indicator, the multifunction button and function selection window indicator, the “stop the second hand slide button” on the left side of the dial.
Oh, and did I mention that the watch will never need lubrication in its lifetime? And that it’s good down to 10 bar (330 feet)?
So much has already been written about this watch. And it’s best for me to let those experts share what they know and have learned. Check out this review from Paul Boutros at Hodinkee and this article from Nico Bandl at swisswatches magazine. And then come back and tell me if you don’t agree – this watch is the concept car of fine watches.