Jaeger-LeCoultre Ultra Thin Grand Feu
When it comes to ultra-thin, in-house-developed-and-manufactured movements, the world of watches gets pretty small. Only a select few manufacturers can do what Jaeger-LeCoultre does. Its Caliber 849/1 is one of the thinnest movements on the market, measuring only 1.85 mm thick! The entire watch measures 5.04 mm thick, and has a diameter of 39 mm. That’s pure elegance.
I’ve always liked these watches, which use only one hand to indicate the time, but I was never a fan of the movements used by Meistersinger. Now the brand has developed its first in-house caliber and integrated it into this year’s Circularis. The hand-wound Caliber MSH01 has finally added some cachet to this German brand’s distinctive design. The blue-dialed version of this 43-mm watch is my favorite.
Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase
Since Jérôme Lambert took over as CEO of Montblanc, the brand has produced some incredible watches, many of which are surprisingly affordable. The watch shown here only costs 3,490 euros – not bad at all. The 39-mm Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase is powered by an ETA or Sellita automatic caliber to which a moon-phase indication is added.
Omega De Ville Trésor White Gold
This ticking beauty from Omega earned its spot on the wrist of George Clooney when he got married in Venice. Fortunately, the 40-mm watch is not reserved only for Hollywood royalty; it is a masterpiece that should make its way to many, many wrists. The Master Co-Axial Caliber 8511 is the most modern hand-wound caliber that Omega produces these days; it’s not only a top performer but totally anti-magnetic to more than 15,000 Gauss.