Hour and minute display; toffee-shaped hands running on an eggshell white or silver sun-dial dial; super reliable automatic winding movement. The above functions seem to summarize all the characteristics of the Master Ultra Thin series, but they are just the tip of the iceberg.
Fine work is a form of watchmaking, and it is also an art.
Skills and tips
In the late nineteenth century, at a time of technological progress and rapid development, only a few watchmakers were interested in minimalism. The watch is still in its infancy, and women have only just started on the long road to liberation. Until the early twentieth century, the industrialist Edmond Jaeger, who was born in Alsace and settled in Paris, asked Swiss watchmakers for production, but only Jacques-David Leco Jacques-David LeCoultre expressed interest. Lecourt works as a director at a company with a number of extraordinary technologies and cutting-edge equipment, as well as countless professional fields. The challenge brought by this Parisian businessman, Jagger, is obviously extremely difficult, because he has only one goal: to build the world’s thinnest movement. Jaeger runs a small workshop in Paris that specializes in making astronomical watches. However, the industry is affected by the economic crisis and the competition is very fierce, so Jaeger hopes to enter the promising new market. He pays special attention to opening up new ultra-thin watch installations for artists and designers. It proved that his decision was correct. However, his employees are used to making huge nautical tools for the navy, and they know nothing about ultra-thin movements. This meant that his plan would be successful only if he cooperated with watchmakers.
Le Corte and Jaeger first met in 1903, and the two merged and signed an agreement. No doubt they did not realize at the time that this was the beginning of the long-term close cooperation between the two, and that they would jointly set up a company in the next few decades. Lecourt initially agreed to invest resources, talents and experience to develop and produce an ultra-thin movement. In 1907, the watch factory launched a 17-leg Lepine 145 movement. Its thickness of 1.38 mm broke the record at the time, and its small size was significant. To this day, this movement has been around for more than a century, but still stands out in its category. This extraordinary device has been in production for more than 50 years. After its success, Jaeger-Lecourt continued to cooperate to create ultra-thin movements with different complex functions, such as a timepiece with three functions and a thickness of 3.55 mm Ultra-thin movement.
In 1953, the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshop presented the 803 movement, which is only 1.64 mm thick, which kicked off the era of ultra-thin watches. Ten years later, the 838 caliber with a thickness of 1.85 mm took its place. The new movement is equipped with a shock absorption system, but it takes up only about two tenths of a millimeter of space, making the watch more durable. At Jaeger-LeCoultre, all outstanding designs are based on precision and reliability. In 1976, the automatic movement number 900 pioneered, becoming the first contemporary ultra-thin movement with a new date display, vibrating up to 28,800 times per hour and 3.25 mm thick. Later versions include the 898C movement, which is now the model that drives the MASTER ULTRA THIN 41 mm ultra-thin master series.
Ultimate watch minimalism
When minimalism becomes the dominant idea, every detail becomes extremely important. Even the smallest flaws or imbalances have the opportunity to put the entire project on hold. Therefore, the advent of the MASTER ULTRA THIN 41 mm ultra-thin master series watch brings a quiet and quiet revelation, and through this piece of art, it shows an absolutely pure effect.
The MASTER ULTRA THIN 41mm watch is available in two versions. One is a stainless steel version with a silver sun dial and polished rhodium-plated indexes, and the other with an eggshell white dial and 4N gold-plated inserts. Mark. Both models perfectly combine many watchmaking advantages and rigorous attitudes. One of the toffee-shaped hands indicates the clock and the other indicates the minutes. The mode of operation of the automatic movement is hidden under the dial. At 12 o’clock, the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo shows their two names, reminiscent of the complementary relationship between these two visionaries, and also witnesses the Parisian businessman and another entrepreneur from the Jurassic Mountains Always happy to accept the boldest challenge. The Jaeger-LeCoultre 898C automatic movement with a 43-hour power reserve and a thickness of only 3.30 mm is mounted in a slim case with a diameter of 41 mm. Its thickness is only 7.48 mm, which is extraordinary.
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Technical features of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin 41 mm
• Jaeger-LeCoultre 898C self-winding mechanical movement
• 28,800 vibrations per hour
• 43-hour power reserve
• 195 parts
• 29 jewel bearings
• Thickness 3.30 mm
• Rose gold style: white eggshell dial with 4N gold-plated inlays
• Stainless steel version: silver sun dial with polished rhodium-plated inserts
• Crown Prince Hand
• hours and minutes
• 18K rose gold and stainless steel
• 41 mm diameter
• 7.48 mm thick
• Fully polished
• Water-resistant to 5 atmospheres
Strap / Bracelet:
• 18K rose gold style: Alligator strap with rose gold pin buckle
• Stainless steel style: Alligator leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp
• Q133 25 11 (rose gold)
Q133 84 21 (stainless steel)