Jaeger-LeCoultre have a long tradition of making Calendar watches or Triple Date as they are often referred to.
Already in the 1940’s Jaeger-LeCoultre made some stunning Triple Date watches, with or without Moon Phases.
Here is a scan from 1945 Jaeger-LeCoultre catalogue. Notice the Vacheron-Constantin stamp? Yes, the relationship between these two brands existed already back then.
The new version of the Master Calendar in pink gold is a beautiful dress watch, the sunburst dial in combination with the pink gold case oozes class!
Classic complication which in fact make more sense than the Master Moon since you need the month to be able to tell the Moon Phases.
But I must confess I am much more attracted to the Master Moon due to the thinner, deeper bezel and the larger Moon Phase window.
Here the bezel gives a quite flat impression versus the bezel of the Master Moon and due to the pointer date ring outside the Moon Phase window, the size of the window has gone down making it more difficult to see the Moon.
What I do like is the fact that Jaeger-LeCoultre opted for a 39 mm case. Here the case vs movement ratio is still acceptable, 39 mm / 26 mm, if bigger case, a new movement would have been required or the movement would have looked lost in such a big case, not mentioning what it would have done to the position of the Day, Month and Moon Phase windows…
Now the windows are in good relation with the inside of the bezel compare to many other watches in this class with all the windows tightly crammed in the center of the dial.
Inside is the automatic movement Calibre 866, beautiful decorated with a circular pattern and the rotor has a 22K pink gold weight along the outer half circle.
To end this post, here is a comparison shot, reference 2904 in yellow gold from 1945 beside the reference 176.2.12.S / Q1552520 in pink gold. You can clearly see that the DNA from the 1940’s has been carried all the way into our time!
Big thank you to my local Jaeger-LeCoultre AD Nymans Ur for letting me handle this beauty!
We will have a closer look at the reference 2904 as well. Stay tuned!