Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial.
It was SIHH 2015 that Jaeger-LeCoultre decided to unveil a very special timepiece, the Master Calendar ‘Meteorite Dial’. Two years after they released the Master Calendar at SIHH 2013, this year they have added an aesthetical change that certainly catches the eye. What makes it so special? Well, let’s see.
Apart from the fact it literally fell out of the sky, something to consider here is that no two dials are the same. This is largely due to the internal texture of the meteorite.
(Image: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial Gold and Steel)
We all know why meteorites are special, they are one of life’s great mysteries and mankind has spent centuries studying them and how they can have an impact on our Planet. Jaeger-LeCoultre has noted that whilst most of the greatest meteorite discoveries have happened in Antarctica, the area is now an exclusive territory for scientific meteorite hunters and commercial exploitation is prohibited. So, the material for the dials of the new Master Calendar Meteorite Dial had to come from somewhere else and in this case, the rock was discovered and registered in Sweden. It was then determined that it had originated from the Asteroid Belt, making it 100% authentic.
(Image: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial Stainless Steel up close)
The dials are made from a single mass of stone. The block is cut into thin slices (of course to serve as the dials), then from there the surfaces are treated to emphasise the beautiful and unique patterns that we see.
The Master Calendar Meteorite Dial joins a solid line up of brands that have introduced meteorite rock or at least meteorite dust to their dials, however we have not yet seen a texture like the Jaeger-LeCoultre dial. The movement remains unchanged, the calibre 866 which boasts automatic winding with 43 hours of power-reserve as well as the annual calendar and moon phase complications.
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