The year of 2016 keeps pushing towards its resolution as more and more brands commence to reveal their SIHH 2017 offerings. This time we take a look at one of the best mistakes by Jaeger-LeCoultre; their revamped “Duomètre” collection.
Legend goes that this model line actually came to life due to a mistake and was patented by the “La Grande Maison”. Their initial intention was to develop a chronograph that did not rely on energy coming from the time indications. And this pursuit brought along the now revolutionary “Dual Wing” mechanism, which consists of two autonomous mechanisms, each possessing its own power source, but simultaneously sharing a single regulation that enforces the accuracy of all shown information. So basically, one source of energy is intended to power the train that guides the indication of time, while the other power source supplies the complication.
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All these new “Duomètre” timepieces by Jaeger-LeCoultre are housed inside a 42mm case made of 18k pink gold with an inner titanium cage that contains the intricate components surrounding a second axis tilted at 20 degrees; a clever detail which allows the watch to defy the effects of gravity in all positions. Also to keep things simple, the use of a single crown serves to wind both barrels. Turning the crown clockwise winds the time, while turning it counter-clockwise winds the chronograph.
The “Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon” can be set with total precision and have its small seconds be rest to zero via a push-piece located under the tourbillon at the 2 o’clock position; without stopping the function of the regulating mechanism. So, this watch can keep its precision completely accurate, even when it’s being set.
Time is exhibited on the new gray dial with an off-set dial that includes: 18k pink gold hands and hour index markers; and a calendar circling this dial, all placed closer to the 3 o’clock area. At the 6 o’clock location is a sub-seconds counter and a 24-hour reference time-zone is at the 12 o’clock position. While an open-worked cutaway space near the 9 o’clock location has an exposed tourbillon.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Magnetite Grey” is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 382 with 40 jewels and 21,600 vph. Power serve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours, when fully wound; while water-resistance can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet). Mounted to the watch is a thin brown crocodile strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k pink gold folding clasp.
Time is exhibited on three gray off-set dials. The dial near the 3 o’clock area has 18k pink gold hand and hour index markers; while the dial opposite to it has a calendar with a Moonphase in its interior. The lower portion of the overall dial reveals its guts with two open-worked patches and another gray 1/6th second jumping second’s dial in its mist. Circling the entirety of the dial near the bezel is a white minute index railroad track and a central 18k pink gold seconds hand to point it all out.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire Magnetite Grey” is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 381 with 42 jewels and 374 moving parts. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours when fully wound; while water-resistance can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet ). Mounted to the watch is a thin brown crocodile strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k pink gold folding clasp.
The dial on the “Duomètre Chronograph” is very similar to the one found on the “Duomètre Quantième Lunaire”. It also has three sub-dials and open-worked patches; but, it doubles down with two central hands: one in 18k pink gold for the current time and a stainless-steel hand for a second time zone.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronograph
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronograph Magnetite Grey” is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 380 with 48 jewels, 445 parts and 21,600 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up 50 hours when fully wound; while water-resistance can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet). Mounted to the watch is a thin brown crocodile strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k pink gold folding clasp.
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