Such a prestigious watch naturally features a superb exterior as well as movement finishing worthy of the most exceptional Haute Horlogerie creations. The new case of the Duomètre is distinguished by polished welded lugs and an elegantly satin-brushed caseband. The dials are finely grained and carry the movement or watch number on a dedicated plaque at 6 o’clock. All the slender hands and pointers are exquisitely elegant.
Embodying an entirely innovative concept, the Jaeger-LeCoultre 380 ‘Dual-Wing’ movement powering the limited edition of the Duomètre à Chronographe may be admired through the sapphire watch crystal. The independent barrels are snailed and bevelled by hand, while the ratchet-wheels are sunray-brushed with engraved and gilded “chronograph” and “hour/minute” indications. The bridges, habd-bevelled with polished sinks, reflect the Dual-Wing concept through taut, straight shapes for the standard watch mechanism, contrasting with arabesque motifs for the chronograph revealing the hearts, hammers, jumper-springs, column wheel and all the intricate workings of this mechanism. This decoration is inspired by the brand’s traditional pocket-watches. The going trains are circular satin-brushed with hand-polished sinks. The wheels and pinions, also hand-bevelled or embellished with polished sinks, feature snailed or smoothed-off surfaces. And finally, the flame-blued steel screws underscore the complex nature of this exceptional calibre.
As the first model in this prestigious lineage, the Duomètre à Chronographe watch will be issued in pink gold and platinum, while an 18-carat yellow gold edition will be presented in a limited series of 300.
The Duomètre vividly illustrates Jaeger-LeCoultre’s unassailable position in the highest spheres of technical watchmaking. Although the watch might look deceptively simple to the uninitiated, the first Duomètre à Chronographe may well prove to embody the ultimate in chronographs – at least until the appearance of a new creation destined to take its place in this exceptional lineage.