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Jaeger-LeCoultre - Master Ultra Thin Squelette

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The Master Ultra Thin Squelette collection from Jaeger-LeCoultre is a demonstration of the exceptional expertise and watchmaking skills of the artisans of the Grande Maison.

The creation of ultra thin timepieces is by itself a great challenge and achievement but combining this feature with skeleton working, engraving, enamelling and gem-setting is a form of art.

For these four new models housed in a 38 mm case crafted from gold, the starting point was the 1.85 mm thick Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 849ASQ. This highly reliable hand-wound movement, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 33 hours, has been carefully skeletonized trimming away non-essential parts. Then, the hand-engraved bridges were finely chamfered even in the less visible corners, all of them contributing to create better light effects.

The first two Master Ultra Thin Squelette models are characterised by enamelled dials divided into 12 zones to facilitate the reading of the time. In the same way, the minute circle crowning the movement demonstrates the attention to functionality.

Enamelling the dial of a watch which is just 3.6 mm thick and houses a squelette movement is an authentic feat. The artisans first adorn the white or pink gold dial with a guilloché motif, then apply the enamel to the dial surface and proceed to the successive firing operations that reveal the chosen shade: a strongly pigmented deep blue for the white gold version, or a frosted chestnut brown to match the pink gold of the case.

The sapphire crystal of the back allows the owner to enjoy the skeleton movement from both sides.

These two models are issued in 100-piece limited series with prices of Euro 55,000 in pink gold (ref. 13425SQ) and Euro 58,000 in white gold (ref. 13435SQ).

The two other Master Ultra Thin Squelette models are adorned with natural white mother-of-pearl that is hand-engraved to create a unique texture. To add even more preciousness, bezels are set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

These gem-set models have a thickness of 4.7 mm and feature a hand-engraved caseband.

The Master Ultra Thin Squelette gem-set comes in pink gold (ref. Q1342501) or white gold (ref. Q1343501) with prices of Euro 66,000 and Euro 71,000 respectively. Each model is issued in a 100-piece limited series.

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