Today, we'll be looking at another great entry into what I'm calling the Office Diver category (more on that in a minute) from our friends over at Magrette. We first brought you word of the watch late last year (here), and today we've got the hands-on review of the Moana Pacific Professional - one of the brand's best watches yet. Curious? Read on!
Jaeger-LeCoultre, among other things, makes damn nice dress watches as part of their Master collection. I am going to be honest when I say that I rarely have use for a dress watch. Whether it is my generation, job, or where I live, there just aren't that many social events I go to that demand a formal timepiece to go with formal attire. In some ways that is a shame, because most of the timepieces for men that I would actually refer to as "beautiful" are actually dress watches. Let's face it, there are many of these available but the ones we love have a particular mix of style, refinement, and class that adds an emotional element to what would otherwise be a wrist tool to go with your suit or tuxedo.
For a 2014 novelty piece however, which is to officially debut in January at the watch expo SIHH, they decided to have another take on this lovely, but ages old complication. To put it briefly, they did it in what I would call a distinctly Lange-way: they chose the long and hard way of not just slightly re-designing, but actually re-engineering it. I was invited by Lange to attend their pre-SIHH event at their headquarters in Glashütte, Germany and I went hands-on with the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase, the piece that elevates this complication to another level for the Saxonian manufacture.