This Table, I Ca N’t Go To Lange, I Can Go To Jaeger-lecoultre

It is not too late to get to the topic. Not long ago, Lange released a new 1815 watch, the official name of this watch is ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ (in memory of the fourth generation of Lange’s descendant, Mr. Walter Lange), I think many brothers know Got this thing.

Lange 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’
   This new 1815 is a limited edition. Among them, the platinum edition is limited to 145, the rose gold edition is limited to 90, and the gold edition is limited to 27. The reason why Lange uses three numbers 145, 90, and 27 has a special meaning. 145 is 145 years from Lange’s establishment to revival; 90 is Lange’s 1990 revival; 27 is 27 years from 1990 revival. Even better, the new 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ also has a steel shell version, only one made. This unique steel shell version is ready for charity auction in 2018 (I know many people think, when will Lange produce an unlimited steel watch?)

The only steel case version of the Lange 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’.
   When I first saw this watch, many brothers would be surprised. How does this watch have two seconds, a large second and a small second? A closer look reveals that the large one, the small one, and the two are the second hand, except that the large second hand jumps the second, and the small second hand is the conventional second hand. To make it simple, the second hand in the middle jumps away every second, and the small second hand sweeps away. There is a button at the 2 o’clock position of the case. The button can control the stop / start of the large second hand. You don’t want the large second hand to go. You can stop him. This is a unique place of Lange 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S is also a seconds watch.
   I don’t know if the functions of perpetual calendar, tourbillon, three questions, and follow-up needles are ‘tired’. Over the past two years, many brands have begun to make watches with the function of jumping seconds. Everyone knows that Roger Dubuis’s strength is the tourbillon, but a while ago, the super cool Excalibur Aventador S launched by Roger Dubuis is also a jumping seconds watch (limited to 88).

   Some brothers said, ‘The public prices of the watches you said are very high, and they are limited. We can’t wear them, and we can’t play them.’ As a ‘grounded’ person, I can’t just ‘paint cakes’ for my brothers, but I can’t help the brothers.
I ca n’t go to Lange or Roger Dubuis, I can go to Jaeger-LeCoultre.

   This year Jaeger-LeCoultre has three watches that are more popular, one is the ultra-thin master moon phase, one is the new master calendar, and the other is the geophysical observatory. The ultra-thin master moon phase is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most iconic watch, which is always very hot. It is normal; the new master calendar is a new watch, a bit sporty and the face value is not low, and it has refreshed the master’s ‘lowest’ price Records, the price is super good, it should be hot; I just do n’t understand the Geophysical Observatory alone. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory is a watch that skips seconds. This kind of watch with strong technical characteristics is generally a special niche. It is a watch for senior players. There should be no ‘mass foundation’ among the masses.

Master Jaeger-LeCoultre moon phase (top) and Master Jaeger-LeCoultre calendar (bottom)
   When the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory first came out two years ago, I was very impressed. I didn’t expect Jaeger-LeCoultre to produce such a watch with jumping seconds. Not only is it not limited, but also a steel case version, the price is not too high, at first glance, it is a watch with “volume”. At that time, I thought that it would be difficult for such a watch with seconds jumping and such a small function. As a result, the actual situation made me slap my face. This geophysical observatory that jumps to the second is really on fire, and the circulation is not small.

The three-pin version of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory, this is a watch that skips seconds.
For others, the price is hundreds of thousands of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre as long as 70,000.

   Sometimes I ‘love love and hate’ for Jaeger-LeCoultre. What I love is that Jaeger-LeCoultre is often the ‘conscience of the industry’. The price of various complicated functions is much cheaper than that of the same brand. The price of a Jaeger-LeCoultre steel case perpetual calendar is only over 140,000. Whose watch of this grade has this price? But I’m more troubled that Jaeger-LeCoultre are all dress watches. For example, the same perpetual calendar module, a Jaeger-LeCoultre ultra-thin perpetual calendar, and an IWC perpetual calendar, I love the Feifei perpetual calendar, but the price of Jaeger-LeCoultre is simply attractive.
   The public price of Lange 1815 ‘Homage To Walter Lange’ is 47,000 euros abroad, which is about more than 360,000 yuan (which is certainly not cheap in China). The price of watches with jump seconds is not low. As a result, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory directly lowered the price threshold of the seconds-jumping watch to 70,000 yuan (the public price of the three-second hand of the steel-shell geophysical observatory is RMB 71500). To be honest, to play various movement functions and complex functions, it is particularly suitable to buy Jaeger-LeCoultre. On the one hand, Jaeger-LeCoultre brand is relatively high-grade, on the other hand, Jaeger-LeCoultre makes all kinds of small and complicated functions and complex functions cheaper, which is more cost-effective than other brands.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory includes two types: world time and junior needle. It’s a watch that skips seconds.
The Jaeger-LeCos Geophysical Observatory looks ‘very average’, but it is actually very technical.

   Jaeger-LeCoultre has a great ability to make complicated watches that are expensive for others, and it can be made very cheaply. After it is cheap, it also has a first-class technical level. Don’t look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory is a watch with a public price of 70,000, and everyone knows that the actual price of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches under the factors of exchange rates, discounts, and secondary markets, everyone understands. But this is a watch, there are two very good places in the movement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory, gold and steel.
   The first is to jump seconds. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Physics Observatory is a watch that skips seconds. To put it plainly, the second hand jumps every second, unlike ordinary mechanical watches. When it comes to jumping seconds, many people analyze the structure inside. Those things are too useless to say, we are not making watches. So I will simply say, everyone listens. To put it plainly, the jump seconds is just under the escapement of the movement, and a gear like ‘star’ is added, and then a spring tube is placed to let the ‘star’ move every second, and the watch second hand is one second. Jumped. It is such a function. Once other brands are attached to this system, the price will be ‘god to heaven’. At the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory, the price is 70,000 yuan. This brand grade does not have similar watches at all. One. No one else can do it so cheaply.

The wheel train of Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory. Below the escapement we can see a small ‘star’ and a white spiral spring on the far right.
   The second is the balance wheel. The balance wheel of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory is not an ordinary balance wheel. The brothers who have this cousin in their hands must have understood it more clearly. The balance wheel of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory is a ‘Battle-axe’ balance wheel, not an ordinary round balance wheel. The official Tomahawk balance of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory is called the ‘Gyrolab’ balance. This balance wheel is very powerful. Gyrolab was first used on the Jaeger-LeCoultre compression master Extreme Lab 1 watch in 2007. At that time, the compression master Extreme Lab 1 was basically a concept table. As a result, Jaeger-LeCoultre studied it for 8 years, and finally mass-produced the ‘Gyrolab’ balance on the concept table and put it on the geophysical observatory. This balance wheel is made in the shape of a ‘battle axe’ in order to reduce air resistance. According to Jaeger-LeCoultre figures, the ‘Gyrolab’ balance wheel is 15% more efficient than a normal balance wheel.

‘Gyrolab’ balance wheel used by Jaeger-LeCoultre Physics Observatory.
   The technical configuration of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s geophysical observatory is very unique. How to look at this watch should be a favorite gadget of niche players. At present, the market price of the junior needle of the geophysical observatory is actually similar to that of Jin Tuo’s master moon phase, and it is not expensive. I have two thoughts on the current market situation of Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory. One is that I am very convinced that Jaeger-LeCoultre has made a watch that should be “niche” into a “volume” table; the other is that many people at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory buy it. It seems that the level of our domestic cousin And taste is getting higher and higher.