Today, something that I’ve been lusting after for a long time now arrived in the post. I first tried on a JLC when I met up with a TZUK friend for a coffee a few months back. I was overwhelmed by the quality and the precision of the engineering, but was drawn to the slightly more dressy watches in their range; the Reserve de Marche always appealed, and having the opportunity to try one on not long ago sealed the decision for me.
The movement is JLC’s in-house Calibre 928; 256 parts, 45 jewels, 22ct gold rotor edge, 1000 hours tested, adjusted in 6 positions and beating at 28,800VPH. The dial – a thing of beauty – features subsidiary dials for constant seconds, date, and power reserve. The date is changed via a pusher above the crown that sits slightly proud of the case, and the power reserve of 40+ hours moves with every wind of the crown. It’s not big (37mm without the crown, with 19mm lugs) but it’s far from small. It really is an exquisite watch.
I’m off to stare at my wrist for a while.