Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Jaeger LeCoultre Duomètre Unique Travel Time

Endowed with all the aesthetic codes and horological content of the Duomètre collection, the new Duomètre Unique Travel Time by JaegerLeCoultre asserts its personality by embracing a rare decorative technique.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen to endow this new creation with a finely chiselled dial. This subtly textured watch face represents the distinctive, individualised and ‘touch of madness’ characterising the Duomètre Unique Travel Time. Each tiny bump or ridge bears the imprint of the master artisan who has lavished such dexterity on creating it. The dial is unique in terms of its appearance that is at once rough and delicate, as well as because the work of the artisan is entirely free, guided only by personal talent and never exactly identical.
On the Duomètre Unique Travel Time, the combination of the reference and destination time zones is adjustable to the nearest minute. Thanks to the Unique Travel Time system, the traveller can set the time-zone display to all continents and countries, whatever the time difference. To ensure smooth, simply operation as on all Duomètre models, the same crown serves to wind the two barrels. Turning it counter-clockwise winds the timekeeping barrel, while a clockwise rotation winds the travel time-zone barrel. Once the basic setting has been made, adjustment is purely intuitive.

The domed globe representing the earth is a playful reminder of the kind of globe people love to spin on its axis. The gaze lingers pleasurably on the satinfinish counters creating a delightful contrast with the chiselled dial and the appliques that provide a certain sense of volume.

The mechanical movement that beats inside is also the object of refined finishes, including hand-bevelled German silver bridges and the exclusive “côtes soleillées” developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre. This concern for both outer and inner decoration is inspired by the grand tradition of pocket-watches by the Grande Maison and confirms the innate kinship of the Duomètre Unique Travel Time with the spirit of Haute Horlogerie. Finally, the back of the watch reveals the engraved names of the cities corresponding to the 24 time zones.

Technical details
Model: Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique Travel Time
Reference: 606 35 40
Limited series of 200


Movement
Mechanical manually-wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 383
2 barrels
50-hour power reserve for each of the two barrels
498 parts
54 jewels
7.30 mm thick
Casing diameter: 33.70 mm / Total: 34.30 mm in diameter

Dial
Hand-chiselled, silver-toned finish
Hands: Leaf-type

Functions
Reference time: hours, minutes, central seconds
2nd time zone: jumping digital hour, minute (may be set to the nearest minute in relation to the reference time), worldtime
Indication of the two power reserve
Indication of the various time zones visible on the back

Case
Extra White 18-carat white gold
Thickness: 13.6 mm
Diameter: 42 mm
Polished lugs and satin-brushed case middle
Water resistance: 5 bar

Strap
Alligator leather, high-end white gold pin buckle

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