The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2 in blue

 

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced a Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2 in blue, a watch that was a fascination with its technical inventiveness. The Extreme LAB 2 was first introduced in red, and this year JLC is extending the range to include blue. Inside is the same manufacture movement setting the stage for the innovative set of complications and their controls.

 

The Extreme LAB 2 is a visually complex watch at first glance. Its open-dial configuration and non-traditional layout present a foreign landscape in the context of other chronographs and GMTs.

The "function selector" resides within the stationary crown, with each push selecting one of three positions: winding (labeled as Neutral or “N”), GMT function adjustment, and time setting. The current position is marked by a sub dial at 3 o’clock on the dial, and means any adjustment can be made by simply turning the crown. Water resistance is a big benefactor of the system.

Moving away from the classic style once again in the form of digital readout for the chronograph’s minute totalizer. While the hours are marked within a sub dial at 9 o’clock, the minutes are tracked via rapid-changing digital counters situated at 12 o’clock. This makes the watch easier to read as its design is very complex.