Watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre descended upon the SIHH 2013, as it normally does, with a vast assortment of highly technical and simultaneously competent watches. We typically have a difficult time of it with the Le Sentier-based manufacture because of this point but thankfully, Jaeger-LeCoultre has blessed us with a simple but amazing watch for us to sink our observational teeth into, as it were. The Master Ultra Thin Jubilee is reportedly the world’s most slender manual winding mechanical watch and it is significant precisely because of this. This also earns it a place on our list of significant watches from the SIHH 2013.
Briefly, the watch itself is 4.05mm thick and the movement, calibre 849, is 1.85mm thick, or thin should we say. In good classical form, the watch shows only hours and minutes and is a reasonably proportioned 39mm in diameter. Cased in platinum with an alligator leather strap, the Master Ultra Thin Jubilee is limited to 880 pieces. In 2013, the 180th anniversary of the founding of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the manufacture has made this model and this achievement part of its Jubilee collection. Now Jaeger-LeCoultre also has many complicated models on show this year and we will turn to them in due course over the year.
A simple piece like the Master Ultra Thin Jubilee deserves our attention though because it tells us that more such manual winding watches are on the way from Jaeger-LeCoultre and that is a good thing. While we do not know at this moment if the watch will even be available at some future date in an unlimited edition, perhaps in steel or gold or indeed perhaps both, it is rare for a watch company to produce a piece like this as a one-off. This alone leads us to believe that this is the mere beginning to what could be a fascinating series of watches yet to come from Jaeger-LeCoultre.