Photoessay: The Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Ultra Thin Moon

From the horological files. MT

Set shot with a Nikon D800E, several SB900s, the AFS 60/2.8 G Micro, and one shot with a Leica 35/1.4 ASPH FLE via adaptor – see if you can spot which one!

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Comments

  1. Just ordered one a couple of days ago and your amazing pictures reconfirmed my decision.

    Just one question on picture no.4. The second hand hand seemsbto be bent towards the end. looks a bit like a distortion on a macro picture?

  2. Months later this watch is still in my head. Thank you for this series…I know which watch I’m buying if/when I’m fortunate enough to buy one. Thought I was a Panerai or Breguet guy but this is the one….

  3. Great photos! Next time that you go to switzerland, let us know before ;)

  4. Matthew D says:

    Great photography of a beautiful watch–you obviously care tremendously about your work.

    I’ll be honest…I didn’t pick the Leica shot out of the lineup.

  5. Photos like that makes me want to buy a watch, which is exactly what the client are looking for i suppose hehe. Do you have to work in a hermetically sealed room and wear a bag over yourself for dust control? Or just very meticulousness with cleanliness and continuously clean? Or Switzerland just has cleaner air and is not currently suffering from a haze problem :P hehe.

    Wonderful work!

  6. Hi Ming, Very impressive shots! How did you connect the FLE to the D800E to achieve such a close focusing?

    • Thanks Frank – there’s an M-F adaptor that allows mounting of Leica lenses. However, because of the difference in back focus distance, they won’t focus to infinity – only close up.

  7. parameteres says:

    Beautiful shots… especially Nr 4. Wonder how it’ll look like if taken with 800E? anything similar with Nr 2?

  8. Harry Choe says:

    Excellent shots, Ming.

  9. No, nope, I was just kidding… of course your client Jaeger Le coultre will find out, that No. 4 doesn´t fit at all. It just doesn´t work! THEY WON`T PAY YOU for that Rubbish! Put that file into the garbage can and start to do your homework first! ;-)

  10. It´s Nr. 4 because it´s (as Kai Wong would say) so bokehlicious ™! He he he, nope it´s Nr. 4 because I have been looking into the flickr Exif Datas! Well your postproduction is 100 % flawless! It´s perfection! And: Sigh (!) You ARE (at least) the No. one watch photographer on this planet!

  11. Four ;-)

  12. bspooner says:

    Wonderful set! My guess is lucky number 7.

  13. I’m guessing #10, because it doesn’t have the same (very shallow) depth of field as the others.
    All very nice, by the way.

  14. Hey Ming, Amazing shots! I love the way you suggest the presence of the glass of the watches with your lighting. You should consider writing some ebooks someday and sell them at a nice price (like them for example: http://craftandvision.com/). Are you currently in Switzerland? Cheers!

  15. Answer= none. All were taken with the D800E? (smile)

  16. Paul H. Buch says:

    Is it no 6?

    Great photos, Ming!

  17. superb ming, superb…. =) btw i think the leica shot is the first one?

  18. Great macro for a very fine Swiss wristwatch!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  19. hello there! nice work!! and about the leica shot, i think is picture no 8… :)

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