Jaeger-LeCoultre @ AMVOX2 Transponder Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre new AMVOX2 Transponder Watch  has the ability to start your Aston Martin and embodies a blend of high-end mechanics and ingenious electronics. It offers the best of two diametrically opposing worlds and proves that no challenge is insurmountable for the Manufacture Jaeger- LeCoultre. A mechanical and electronic hybrid, the Manufacture Jaeger- LeCoultre presents the latest result of its partnership with British sports car marque Aston Martin. In 2006 this cooperation led to an avant-garde horological innovation. In the first AMVOX chronograph, Jaeger-LeCoultre developed an entirely unprecedented mechanism to activate the chronograph start, stop and reset functions. On this timepiece, the traditional push-pieces on the right side of the case are replaced by a lever on the left enabling an instant check as to whether the sapphire crystal watch glass is “active” or not. In the “locked” position, it is blocked in a central, neutral position; while in “unlocked” mode it can be tipped upwards or downwards in relation to a central horizontal axis. The chronograph start, stop and reset functions are activated by pivoting the watch glass towards 12 or 6 o’clock. To start the chronograph, the wearer tilts the glass by pressing the edge of the crystal at 12 o’clock, and stops it by repeating the same move and thus breaking off the current timing operation. Meanwhile, the central seconds hand as well as the 30-minute and 12-hour counters are reset by pressing the edge of the crystal at 6 o’clock. The whole process is simple, ingenious and intuitive. There is absolutely nothing to distract the wearer of an AMVOX2 when he wants to start the chronograph. The vertical-trigger action enabling this optimal user-friendliness is based on an entirely original mechanism. On the edge of the case, beneath the glass, a ball-and-socket joint uses the leverage effect generated by the pressure exercised on the crystal and thus controls the chronograph functions by transmitting precise impulses. Each of the levers involved in the process is mounted on a miniature stainless steel ball-bearing mechanism containing seven 0.1 mm-diameter balls. The ‘engine’ powering the AMVOX2 chronograph is Calibre 751E: a column-wheel driven, vertical-clutch movement developed and produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre, featuring a 65-hour power reserve and an index-free Swiss lever escapement. The watchmaker adjusts any variations in rate of the watch using four tiny screws placed around the rim of the balance. These screws enable him to spread the weight in a carefully targeted manner and to thereby rapidly compensate for any existing imbalance. Extrapolating a little to the automobile world, this operation is comparable to balancing the forged aluminium wheels and performance tyres on an Aston Martin. The rotor serving to wind Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 751E is mounted on a ceramic ball-bearing mechanism requiring no maintenance, guaranteeing that all wrist movements will be sustainably transformed into new energy for the barrel of the AMVOX2.

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