Wandering the halls of Baselworld or SIHH, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of watches in front of you, forgetting the details of each. By the end, you end up with a head full of “watch” instead of a mental catalog of what you’ve actually encountered. However, each year there are a handful of pieces that cut through the noise and leave us eagerly awaiting the day they find their way to our office for a proper review. Coming out of Baselworld 2017, Stephen’s most-anticipated piece was the deceptively simple Master Control from Jaeger-LeCoultre, updated with a 40s-inspired sector dial.
Luckily, he got to see one of the first samples to arrive in the U.S. and decided to put the watch through its paces. This was a proper review, after all – first impressions are one thing, but a watch like this needs to stand up to actual wear too. After a full week on the wrist, the Master Control continued to impress, maybe even more than it did fresh out of the box. Sometimes a watch reveals its flaws the closer you look, and sometimes a watch only gets better with more scrutiny. This was definitely the latter. A little strap change added a dash of extra personality, and it’s safe to say that sending this one back to JLC wasn’t easy.