As the 27th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie closed its doors on January 20, we thought we would come back to the subject through a series of articles about our top picks and some of the watches that caught our attention. So did the new variation of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe, a stylish and classical chronograph with a new look and a modern colour scheme.
The accuracy of a chronograph on a watch
The company from the Sentier village provides us with a Tri-Compax inspired watch where the registers are set in a V. But the mechanism is where this watch really differentiates itself thanks to the Dual-Wing concept from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Here, the chronograph feature and the time display each have their own gear, meaning that the power going to either of them is separated. This distinctive technique allows for increased accuracy and a jumping-seconds hand marked in 1/6 second intervals.
Note that the whole thing is rather easy to set and use, using only one crown to wind up the watch and a single pusher at 2 o’clock to operate the chronograph. The 42 mm pink gold case is waterproof up to 50 meters (160 feet) and hosts a in-house 380 caliber, beating to 21.600 vibrations per hour. The watch features two separate spring barrels dedicated to the chronometer and indicating time, each offering a power reserve of 50 hours.
A sophisticated and refined symmetrical look
Aesthetically, we really enjoy this Duomètre’s three-coloured style, blending the classic look of pink gold with the modern touch of the grey dial and some hints of silver. The mix of a golden case and a dark coloured dial is a fundamental of elegance, which I’m particularly fond of in watches. Not to mention the two skeletonized parts at 5 and 7 o’clock, providing a view on the movement, a mesmerizing detail I can’t keep my eyes off of.
The overall symmetrical style of the registers, with the hours and minutes on the left and the chronograph on the right, works well thanks to the gorgeous finish. Overall this watch offers a stylish but subtle masculine chronograph look that’s just really cool to look at