A team of three mountaineers lead by a Swiss climber has arrived at their 5,200 meter base camp in Nepal to prepare for an ascent of a never-before-conquered peak. On their wrists are three Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces: a 1958 Geophysic Chronometer, a Master Compressor Extreme Lab, and a new and as yet undisclosed extreme creation prepared by the Manufacture workshops in the Vallée de Joux.
The three climbers are Stéphane Schaffter, a Swiss alpinist who has scaled the fabled Bonatti Pillar in the Mont Blanc mountain range, Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa (known as Apa Sherpa) who has a record 19 Everest ascents under his belt, and Little Karim Balti, who has accompanied many sportsmen on expeditions above 8,000 meters.
Introduced in 2007, the Master Compressor Extreme Lab operates without oil or lubricants of any kind. Jaeger-LeCoultre heralds this achievement as the future of watchmaking. The Master Compressor Extreme Lab is also designed to operate precisely at temperatures from -40° to -60° Celsius (-40° to -76° Fahrenheit), making this expedition an excellent real-world test of the timepiece’s high-tech materials and cutting-edge technology.
You can follow the expedition’s progress at the Jaeger-LeCoultre website.