True Second Illustrated, Courtesy Of Jaeger-LeCoultre

True Second Illustrated, Courtesy Of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Adrienne Faurote
By Adrienne Faurote February 8, 2016

Seconds… Doctors, musicians and broadcasters need them for professional reasons. And in our daily activities, just one second can change our entire life: we can fall in love, miss a train, or score that winning goal.

Jaeger-LeCoultre, in sponsoring the works of photographer Philippe Halsman at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, illustrates the importance of a single second. Halsman’s “jumpology photography” consisted of capturing illustrious faces in a spontaneous way by having the subject jump in front of his camera, thereby harnessing a “true second” of expression.

Geophysic True Second pink gold
Jaeger-LeCoultreGeophysic True Second pink gold

With the Geophysic® True Second® timepiece and its true second system that causes the seconds hand to move forward while “beating the second” or performing a “jump” every second, Jaeger-LeCoultre makes it easy to time both useful and playful moments, such as my “true-second” jump organized by the watchbrand at the Museum. For your relief and mine, I am showing Marilyn Monroe instead.

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Inspired by the Geophysic Chronometer specially created by the watchbrand to counter magnetic forces, worn by demanding scientists on board the USS Nautilus submarine that sailed under the North Pole during the 1958 International Geophysical Year, the new Geophysic collection also incorporates for the first time, after eight years of research, the Gyrolab® first developed in 2007 to equip the Master Compressor Extreme Lab 1 watch.

Geophysic True Second stainless steel
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second in stainless steel

The new round, modern and elegant 39.6 x 11.8 case of the the Geophysic® True Second®, with silver-grained dial featuring new indices and new 3-faceted traditional hands designed to catch the light from all angles, is completed with a double folding buckle alligator leather strap. Its screwed caseback for extra water resistance and SuperLuminova® dots in the case middle for easy reading in the dark are both characteristic of the original 1958 model. Driven by the new automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 770 with functions of hours, minutes, true seconds and date, it has a power reserve of 40 hours. Resistant to 5 bar.

In stainless steel at €8,400 incl. taxes. Pink gold €17,400.

Geophysic Universal Time pink gold
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time in pink gold

The collection also includes the Geophysic® Universal Time in a 41.6 x 11.8mm case with engraved continents and oceans in blue lacquer on the dial, powered by Calibre 772 with functions of hours, minutes, true seconds and world time. In stainless steel at €14,400. Pink gold €24,600.

Enjoy your moment!


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