For this SIHH 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre has unveiled the new Duomètre Unique Travel Time in 18k rose gold.
I am very impressed with the layout, execution, finishing and functionality of this watch . This is a very unique innovative and sophisticated way of displaying a world time function. The 42 mm 18k rose gold case houses the new hand chamfered in-house caliber 383 movement.
The silvered grained dial has two balanced symmetrical subdials, the first subdial at 2 o’clock sets the hour and minute hand; while the second at 10 o’clock position displays the jumping hour and minutes of the travel time. Considering this watch is quite technical and has a variety of different functions, it quite clean and easy to read.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre 383 in-house caliber movement is split into two distinct mechanisms: the first is dedicated to display the local time, and the second displays a second time zone. The two mechanisms share the same regulating organ but each has its own independent source of energy, thereby avoiding the losses due to interaction between the mechanisms. The operation of the dual time-zone display does not in any way influence the running of the watch, which considerably enhances the precision of the watch.
Located at the 6 o’clock position, a globe displays a world map surrounded by the time-zone indications and the day/night ring. This globe is synchronised with the travel time. The winding crown is used to adjust the local time in position 2 and the travel time in position 1, and, as well as to wind the mainsprings when in position 0.
Once both time zones are synchronised, the traveller can simply use the push-pieces at 8 and 10 o’clock to adjust the jumping hours in the left subdial according to the destination. And in case of a non-standard time zone, the minutes can be adjusted separately using the crown in position 1.
Technical Specs for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique Travel Time
Case-18kt rose gold case measures 42mm x 13.6mm.
Crystal- double sapphire crystals
Dial- grained, silver-toned with leaf-type hands
Movement-new manual-wind Jaeger-LeCoultre in-house caliber 383 with 54 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 50 hours for each of the two barrels. The bridges and gear trains are hand-chamfered and feature polished sinks. The moving parts, also hand-chamfered or adorned with polished sinks, are graced with a snailed or smoothed finish.
Water Resistant- 50 meters.
Strap-brown alligator with an 18kt rose gold pin buckle