Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates 100 Years of Aston-Martin with Three New Watches


JLC Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Aston-MartinIn a stroke of serendipity, 2013 marks both the 180th anniversary of Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre and the 100th anniversary of British luxury automaker Aston-Martin, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s partner for nearly a decade in the development of special, luxury-auto-inspired timepieces.The new timepieces comprise two from JLC’s Master collection, the Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm and Master Hometime; and one from the AMVOX collection, the AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet, which marks the debut of a new case material.

The Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Aston Martin combines a world-time display with a mechanical alarm function. The time on the alarm can be read easily on the left-hand side of the dial at 9 o’clock, where two juxtaposed disks, one displaying the hours from 1 to 12 and the other showing the quarter-hours, appear through a large, semicircular aperture. The watch contains Jaeger-LeCoultre’s automatic Caliber 912, and is equipped with a “compression key” that enhances the crown’s resistance to water and dust by overcompressing one of the four gaskets. The 46.3-mm-diameter case combines titanium and stainless steel and has a special logo, created by Aston Martin for its centennial, engraved on the caseback. The black dial has a surface treatment evoking the grill on an Aston Martin car. The watch is on an alligator leather strap and comes in a special presentation box that also includes an additional rubber strap that the wearer can easily switch out with  the leather. The Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm is limited to 100 pieces and priced at $17,800. (Images can be enlarged with a click.)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Aston Martin

Like the Master Compressor, the Master Hometime Aston Martin watch features Aston Martin’s characteristic color scheme of black, white and red, though here the red is just a subtle hint: it is used for the tip of the central, openworked hand that points to the time in a second time zone. This GMT watch, powered by JLC’s automatic Caliber 975H, has a 24-hour subdial at 12 o’clock and another subdial for the running seconds at 6 o’clock. The time indication can be changed in one-hour increments, either forward or backward, making it easy for world travelers to adjust the time as soon as they land in a new destination and perform the opposite operation upon their return. The dial displays the Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin logos together at 3 o’clock. The price is $9,000.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Hometime Aston Martin

With the new AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet, Jaeger-LeCoultre becomes the first and only company to use reinforced cermet, a material developed for use in high-performance racecar engines, in the field of watchmaking. Cermet is a high-tech material with an aluminum core and ceramic particles and covered with a 40-micron-thick protective ceramic coating, sought for its extraordinary lightness and shock-resistance. The AMVOX5’s Cermet case is 44 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 50 meters. The watch is equipped with a central chronograph hand with two subdial counters on either side of its axis (minutes at 3 o’clock, hours at 9 o’clock); an operating indicator at 6 o’clock with a date window at its base; and a world-time display with an inner bezel ring displaying world cities. The dial combines black, anthracite, white and red for a distinctive Aston Martin look and contains Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 752, an automatic movement with a speedy frequency of 28,800 vph. A limited edition of 500 pieces, the AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet is $22,200.

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet

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  1. Peter donnelly

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  2. Daniel Spanchis

    The 100th anniversary of British luxury automaker Aston-Martin, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s partner for nearly a decade in the development of special, luxury-auto-inspired timepieces, u r the best. Congratulations!!! Daniel Spanchis.

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