The Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic4:42 am
The Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic is one of the most iconic and desired watch collections in the world. First introduced in 1958 the first International Geophysical Year where 67 nations collaborated for scientific exploration and research of the most inhospitable parts of the earth. It was also the 125th anniversary of Jaeger LeCoultre and to mark the collaboration, the brand created the most durable and precise watch in the world – the 1958 Geophysic. The watch collection has since acquired a cult status with professionals in the field of science and research.
Jaeger LeCoultre creates timepieces for serious connoisseurs, those who prefer their watches classical and have a hidden complexity which reveals itself over time.The 1958 Geophysic watch was created for scientific use and accompanied explorers to their extreme laboratory locations, which included the Nautilus – the first nuclear powered submarine that traveled under the North Pole. Here we feature two new Geophysic watches which are in Jaeger LeCoultre’s traditional style.
Jaeger LeCoultre True Second – Q8012520
A first look at the Jaeger LeCoultre True Second watch reveals a classical face with no sign of serious complication. The seconds needle ticks one second at a time rather than in continuous motion much like a quartz watch. This feature is above the ordinary and is actually a famous watch complication known as the True Second or the Dead Beat Seconds.
The Geophysic has an 18kt rose gold case with polished bezel ring and lugs. The case edge is brushed and this makes it a very stylish everyday timepiece. The fine grained silver dial with baton hands and polished markers both in rose gold is extremely legible. Miniature luminous dot markers are painted on the case ring surrounding the dial but under the crystal to maintain the classical look of the timepiece.
An instrument watch with a classical expression, the Geophysic True Second integrates many innovative complications that will be noticed by the wearer over time. The stunning caseback allows a spectacular view of the complicated watch movement and its solid gold rotor made crafted from a single block of rose gold. The True Second feature is a very serious watch complication which requires over 60 additional parts in the movement. A Jaeger Le Coultre 770 calibre movement powers the watch and it has an oscillating gold wheel and a new balance wheel known as the Gyrolab, which allows better utilization of the mechanical energy produced by the engine. The watch has a power reserve of 40 hours.
Another great feature the Jaeger – LeCoultre Geophysic True Second is the independent hour adjustment that can be done without changing the position of the minutes or seconds hand. This is especially useful for travelers who frequently change time zones. The hour hand can be moved forwards or backwards without the risk of damaging the movement. The date also changes according to the hour hand adjustment either forwards or backwards which is a fantastic addition to the functionality.
The watch is paired with a genuine brown crocodile leather strap and fastened with a rose gold tang buckle for great fit and comfort. A watch for professional use with a classical expression.
Jaeger LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time – Q8102520
The Geophysic collection was first introduced in 1958 as an instrument watch to be used for science and exploration. For those who travel the globe, the new Geophysic Universal Time is an excellent choice, with an additional World Time complication. Simply looking at the beautiful dial of the watch is an invitation to travel and discovery. Here again the horological mastery will reveal itself over time. Featured above the Geophysic Universal Time with rose gold case and polished bezel and lugs. The case edge has a stylish brushed finish, however the most gorgeous part of the watch is clearly the artistic dial with a blue lacquered center and matt rose gold continents.
The rose gold hour markers are applied and hands are again shaped like batons. Luminous elements are presented in a subtle way to avoid disturbing the classical look of the watch, finely printed on the hands and tiny dots under the bezel. The World Time complication has a fixed 24 city ring with the names of the cities printed in blue and red. The 24 hour time zone is also colour coded with silver for daytime and blue for night time. There is a provision for the daylight saving time for certain countries where an asterisk is present.
Once the World Time feature is set there is no need to change it every time the wearer is in a new time zone. The simple adjustment of hour and date, forwards or backwards adjusts the entire setting for the World Time Complication as the inner wheel adjusts automatically. The watch is powered by a Jaeger LeCoultre Caliber 772 movement with Gyrolab Spring balance and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
A stainless steel version of the Geophysic Universal Time has also been made for the younger watch connoisseur. Both watches are paired with a crocodile leather strap and have undergone rigorous testing before leaving the Jaeger LeCoultre factory.
By Pranav Karol
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A watch enthusiast who is very passionate about performance watches. A keen observer of the horological world and its latest developments.