Last year, Jaeger-LeCoultre released the re-issue Geophysic 1958 which was a very successful one. Its success paved the way to the release of Geophysic collection which now introduces 2 new great timepieces. Actually the recent event of Watches & Wonders 2015 held at Hong Kong last September 30 to October 3 introduced the second timepiece of the Geophysic collection which is the Geophysic True Second. We have already tackled the other timepiece on a separate article. The Geophysic True Second is by all means true to its name, it beats precisely the real or true second whatever you wish to call it. In horology, what truly matters is where the timepiece excels and as for me, I have seen many watches that are beating the second as accurate as possible without touting its capability which, of course, every timepiece does. Nevertheless, we are talking about style and a rich heritage when dealing with Jaeger-LeCoultre.
So without further ado, let us examine what makes the Geophysic True Second tick. First of all there are two models of this timepiece, one is made of steel while the other is made of rose gold. Either versions sport a particular personality which could be labeled as simple or the showy kind. Of course you know me, the steel version is the clear winner here since it kind of shows off in a subtle way which is what I really love about dress timepieces.
The round case is rather small at 39.6 mm making it a perfect dress watch. And with only 11.8 mm case thickness, it kind of blends in with any attire you have or even with your skin. The case looks superbly clean with no unnecessary noises lie rough edges and whatnots. Personally, I like the lugs and how it accents the bezel if you look at from a distance. Plus this perspective kind of accents the nice crown at the 3 o’clock. Personally I find it rather small compared to the totality of the case design. Although it kind of makes sense once you take into account the thin leather straps besides this is typical smaller watch.
The dial is, of course, silvered grained with applied hour markers making for a cleaner design. This style makes the steel version stand out plus the practical benefits of Super-LumiNova dots and Super-LumiNova treated baton-type hands are much appreciated. Honestly, if your watch does not make it easy for you to read time in low light, it kind of defeats the purpose of having a handy timepiece.
Moreover, the Geophysic’s true power lies on its admirable precision courtesy of its new workhorse, the calibre 770 sporting a distinctive balance wheel named Gyrolab from previous lab experiments and boasting of a 40-hour power reserve. The movement’s architecture consists of a solid gold oscillating weight bearing anchor motif that is also the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo. The main plates and the brides were totally redesigned which are observable from the cut out oscillating weight on the exhibition caseback. By the way the case sports double sapphire crystals for maximum protection and owing to the original case design of the 1958 model, the caseback is also screwed in.
You can wear this timepiece on either black or brown alligator strap equipped with a rose gold pin buckle or a steel folding clasp. The price of the steel version is US$ 9,000 and US$ 17,500 for the rose gold.
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Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ His passion for horology jump started in his early teens when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster which he still has in his collection. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. P.S. He is also a huge fan of The Man of Steel. Read his articles here