Master Compressor Extreme
One of the world’s fastest men on a motorcycle, eight-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is tough to catch; nevertheless, luxury watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre caught him long enough to collaborate with Rossi on a series of "46"-themed watches.
The new iteration is the Master Compressor Extreme World Alarm 46 (limited to 246 pieces in pink gold and titanium, and 946 in titanium), a world time watch with a mechanical alarm, for motorcyclists who need to get up in the morning on their long way ’round trips. The 46.5 mm watch is powered by the new Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 912, suspended in Jaeger’s proprietary shock absorbing system. The gong for the alarm, set easily via the window on the left side of the dial, surrounds the movement and is struck by a hammer, optimizing the sound.
The Jaeger Le Coultre Master Compressor Extreme World Alarm 46 is a fitting tribute to Valentino Rossi. (Click image to enlarge)
"I have always liked watches, but before I visited the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture, my appreciation and under standing was not the same," Valentino Rossi says. "The precision and attention to detail is amazing; the watches are like my racing bikes."
In keeping with this tribute to Rossi, some of the traditional cities on the world time ring of the watch have been replaced with racetrack names—Mugello, Laguna Seca, Donington and others. The case back has an engraved black lacquered "46", along with Rossi’s signature. There is quite a lot of yellow on the watch, but don’t worry, it comes with an interchangeable black alligator leather strap when you don’t feel like channeling The Doctor.