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Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme World Chronograph 46 for Valentino Rossi

October 12 2006 at 12:04 PM
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Text as supplied by la Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46”, the watch of world-beaters.

The Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46” brings together two very different but equally remarkable worlds. Drawn by his fascination for the creations of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Valentino Rossi first visited the Vallée de Joux Manufacture last April. That the young Italian champion and the centuries-old Swiss watchmaker had a great deal in common was immediately obvious: technical excellence, peerless performance and the quest for perfection are defining characteristics of both of them. Were the personalities involved less driven, however, mutual recognition of their shared values might have been the end of it. Instead, this meeting of minds proved to be the beginning of a collaboration now sealed by the appearance of the Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46”.

You can’t raise yourself to the position of world number one – and remain there – without possessing genius. Still ahead of their time after 170 years in the watchmaking avant-garde, Jaeger-LeCoultre know this. So too does Valentino Rossi, seven-times world champion at the age of just 27. And now their coming together has given rise to a watch of genius which bears the imprint of both its parents. The prince of motorcycling came to the Manufacture’s workshops to study sketches, prototypes and 3D projections, urging his team on to ever greater heights of ingenuity and innovation before finally declaring himself satisfied with the design over whose conception he had just presided. The Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46” brings together all the qualities that define
the genius of both Jaeger-LeCoultre and Valentino Rossi: boldness, a passion for the extreme and, not least, the capacity to triumph no matter what the conditions.

The case is in titanium, a light, strong, water-resistant high-tech material that is as well suited to performing at the highest levels in horological constructions as on a motorcycle chassis. On the racing circuits just as on watches, every fraction of a second counts: consequently, reliability is of paramount importance. But Valentino Rossi would not put his name to a beautiful piece of engineering were it not also a beautiful piece of design. Results are important, obviously, but count for little if they are delivered without panache. As such, the Master Compressor’s two push-pieces controlling the chronograph come
in black PVD-treated steel, a stylish finish synonymous with the highest technical standards. The case support is in brushed pink gold, with warm overtones reminiscent of the colours of Valentino Rossi’s native land. In sport as in watchmaking, success often has its roots in an individual’s – or a Manufacture’s – geographical origins.

Between the carriage and the case, a mechanism of extraordinary sophistication deadens unwanted vibrations in order to allow the high-precision movement to pursue its course, unperturbed by sudden shocks. As Valentino Rossi knows, to be able to take the risks that turn you into a world champion, you have to have total confidence in your engine.

The world is the Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46”’s oyster. It displays the time in 24 different time zones on a disc governed by a double-headed pointer which completes a rotation every 24 hours. In a nod to the motorcycling Grands Prix, the names of the racing circuits feature on the disc indicating the different time zones: Sepang in Malaysia, Mugello in Italy, Laguna Seca in the USA.

At the centre of the dial, the operating indication pivots ceaselessly back and forth to signal the perfect functioning of the watch mechanism, recalling as it does so the black-and-white checkerboard flag used to signal the end of a race. No less tireless in its motion is the self-winding mechanical movement, the Calibre Jaeger-LeCoultre 752, the latest in a long and proud line of world-beaters whose lucky number – like that of Valentino Rossi himself – has been chosen as a homage to its parentage.

As you would expect, Valentino Rossi’s own magic number – 46 – is engraved on the bottom of the case, alongside the signature of this unique champion whose enthusiasm continually drives him on to discover and conquer new worlds. A simple click suffices to switch between wristbands: the Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46” is fitted with two constrasting straps, in discreet, elegant
leather and hardy rubber. The exceptional timepiece will be limited to 246 pieces.

The coming together of Valentino Rossi and Jaeger-LeCoultre owed little to chance. There is nothing more natural than a collaboration between two world-beaters who boast peerless records of achievement in their chosen fields. For both the prodigious young Italian champion and the watchmaking Manufacture first established in the Vallée de Joux in 1833, the ceaseless quest for perfection and an
unquenchable thirst for technical innovation are the keys to unequalled success.

Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46”: technical characteristics
• Self-winding mechanical movement, the Calibre Jaeger-LeCoultre 752, made, crafted and decorated
by hand
• 28,800 vibrations per hour
• 65-hour power reserve
• 279 parts
• 41 jewels
• 5.6 mm high
• 22-carat gold oscillating weight segment
• hours, minutes
• operating indication
• date
• chronograph: hour and minute counters, central seconds
• world time: simultaneous indication of 24 time zones
• black
• luminescent numerals
• 8 luminescent hour-markers
• local hours and minutes:
luminescent hollowed-out trapezoidal-type hands in gilt brass
• others: white lacquered brass
• 1 crown at 3 o’clock to start the watch and set the date. Equipped with a compression key
• 1 crown at 10 o’clock for the city disc
• 2 push-pieces at 2 and 4 o’clock for the chronograph functions. Equipped with compression plates
finished with black PVD treatment
• ø 46. mm in polished titanium and in brushed pink gold
• shock absorber
• lacquered engraving of Valentino Rossi’s number « 46 » on the base
• cambered sapphire crystal, hardness no. 9
• interchangeable strap system built into the case
• water resistant to 100 metres
• matt black alligator leather with double saddle stitching and 18-carat pink-gold folding buckle
• and black rubber with small silver buckle (second strap that comes with the watch)
176247V, limited series to 246 pieces

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