Jaeger-LeCoultre gives tribute to the Geophysic 1958 through two new versions
May 27, 2014: Watch manufacturer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, has launched two new watches as a tribute to the legendary Geophysic 1958, which was a marvel in its time.
It was in the mid-20th century when the scientific community, composed of researchers from many different countries, was preparing to undertake a program of major scientific explorations as part of the International Geophysical Year. JLC then decided to associate with this unique initiative by creating an exceptional precision instrument: the Geophysic watch.
The two new exclusive watches – a model in steel and pink gold, and a model in platinum – give a brilliant ode to the 1958 masterpiece. These timepieces are driven by an automatic movement and feature a diameter of 38.5 mm, taking account of contemporary preferences while remaining entirely true to the design of the original model.
The exceptional movement in these watches combines the best technology of the 21st century: a stop second for accurate time-setting; a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour for high precision; a balance with micrometric adjustment by means of screws set into the rim; kifparechoc for shock-resistance; Spyr gears for smooth transmission of torque in the gear train; automatic winding with ceramic ball bearings that require no lubrication, and more, all without counting the soft-iron inner case that protects the mechanism from the effects of magnetism.
Three central hands indicating the hours, minutes and seconds glide over the grained white dial bearing the inscription “Geophysic®” along with the brand signature at 12 o’clock. The circle of applied hour-markers is interrupted by 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock numerals, thereby reproducing the layout and design codes of this legendary model.
Each version of the Geophysic watch is fitted with an alligator leather strap secured by an unusual pin buckle in colours matching the metal of the case: black for the steel model and chocolate brown for the pink gold variation.
This new legendary instrument will be reserved for a circle of passionate enthusiasts who will enjoy the privilege of wearing a timepiece paying homage to a fascinating chapter in the history of science. The Geophysic® 1958 watch will be available in an 800-piece limited edition for the steel version, while the 18-carat gold model will be issued in a 300-piece limited series. The platinum model will be produced in a limited series of 58 pieces.