Velociphile's Journey into Watches

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Réveil


Click the thumbnail to get the bigger amazing pictures from AlbertoS at ThePuristS.com

One of this year's favourites, I have to say I was on the edge of my seat to try this as a 40th birthday pressie contender and finally did so today. The 43mm unmistakeably JLC shaped case fits even my slender wrist because of the clever JLC lug design, but it is one thick watch; nearly as thick as a Gyrotourbillon....

The dial is attractive and value can be high as there is a stainless option, but my two biggest disappointments revolve around its USP - the alarm.
  1. The alarm is not loud enough if sat close to your wrist, but it'll wake you if on your bedside table.
  2. In vibe mode, you'll be lucky to feel it go off. Yet it's also strangely too loud in vibe mode, kind of defeating the purpose of it.
For those unable to afford the (slimmer and precious metal) 8 day perpetual, the s/s version makes for a bargain; low power reserve notwithstanding, at least it does have the alarm feature.

I really hope there is a black dial version and also the option of a bracelet and it might still be a contender. Further press release highlights here.

1 Comments:

  • At November 18, 2005, Blogger Speedmaster said…

    Velociphile,

    Very nice JLC.

    Did you see this? I love it!
    http://people.timezone.com/kohei/JLCparty/le2.jpg
    http://tinyurl.com/7dabg

    Also, there's a google ad displayed on your site right now for this, no joke. The horror! ;-)
    www.steinhausenonline.com

    Chris

     

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