Duomètre – the logic of classic
Ever since its early beginnings in Vallée de Joux in Switzerland in 1833 the watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has not been limited to the mere manufacturing of precious and precise movements, watches and chronographs. The inventive genius of founder Charles Antoine LeCoultre, precisely mirrored in the invention of the micron, had not only been a regular revolution to the watch making craft but to fine mechanics all at once. One of the most striking traits of JaegerLeCoultre tradition is to make sure that conventions are constantly challenged and thereby not subverted but taken as a solid base for bold new ways. So does the Duomètre, initially issued in 2007, in responding the problem of power loss by respective complications. As engineers and watch makers of the Swiss manufacture were to furnish it with the revolutionary “Dual-Wing”, the watch was effectively endued with two independent power reserves divided into balance and escapement. While one mechanism solely drives the time display, the other does provide any power required for additional complications such as dual-time and moon phase. What sounds so simple is indeed some sort of struggle. But for though a case of 42 mm has only so much space to house them in, the Duomètre in fact features by far more functions than any public time display worldwide.
Currently the JaegerLeCoultre Duomètre collection is composed of approx. six versions. The latest modification called Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire comes in white gold and is a limited edition of precisely 200 pieces. As opposed to the pink gold edition which is unlimitedly made available. Among the collection’s chronographs’ there are the pink gold Duomètre à Chronographe, the Duomètre Unique Travel Time and the Duomètre Sphèrotourbillon as well as the white gold Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie. Beyond conventional chronograph functions the homemade Calibers 380A, 381, 382, 383 and 182 incorporated into the Duomètre collection’s chronographs additionally drive different functional displays such as a moon phase, flyback and jumping seconds or dual time. In terms of color all Chronographs as well as Travel Time displays actually allow further variation. As a result, the Duomètre is not just a regular chronograph. Much rather it is in fact the very high art of fine mechanics, making watch makers who may manufacture it just as proud as owners who will wear it.
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