Gentlemen’s Wager: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph vs. Montblanc Rieussec

One manufacture chronograph is understated; the other is unconventional. Both are elegant. But which is better? We compare the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph and the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic in this watch test from the WatchTime archives.

What’s your type? Is it classic or modern? Eye-catching or understated? Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Chronograph, from the brand’s manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland, is classically elegant and understated.

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It debuted in 2010. Every detail is handsome and nothing is flashy or controversial. Its design embodies the serene sense of order found in traditional watch construction, which makes it a perfect companion to wear at the office as well as for gala occasions. Its price ($10,000) isn’t extremely high, and when you wear it, you won’t look like you’ve lost touch with reality. read more

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Budget Travelers: 5 World-Time Watches Under $5,000

It’s no secret that many watch aficionados are also avid travelers. And what could be more useful for globetrotters than a watch that lets them keep track of time everywhere in the world at once? Many world-time watches will cost you as much as several overseas vacations, but we found a handful, all with mechanical movements, that you can get for $5,000 or less.*

1. Ball Trainmaster Worldtime

Ball Trainmaster World Time
Ball Trainmaster World Time

From Ball Watch, there’s the Ball Trainmaster Worldtime ($3,299 on both leather strap, pictured, or steel bracelet), which has a COSC-certified chronometer movement with automatic winding. Its stainless steel case is water-resistant to 50 meters and shock-resistant to 5,000 Gs. In addition to the primary world-timer functions (the city ring with 24 world cities and 24-hour ring), the watch’s dial has a day of-the-week display at 6 o’clock and 14 luminous micro-gas tubes — a Ball Watch hallmark — placed on the “12,” the hour indices, and the hour, minute and seconds hands, enabling easy reading of the current time in low lighting. read more

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