Jaeger-LeCoultre reaffirms its relationship with Aston Martin with the new AMVOX2 Grand Chronograph Limited Edition inspired by the international racing driver Adrián Fernández, the official driver for the Aston Martin Works Team. Fernández has an impressive racing resume, and the AMVOX2 impresses with its crystal-based chronograph activation system.
Born in Mexico, Adrián Fernández began his racing career in 1973, taking part in motocross competition. By 1981, he was racing in Mexico’s 24 Hours for the first time. In 1983, he won the Mexican Formula Vee Championship – the first of several titles. His career took a big leap forward in 1987 when he moved to England to compete in Formula Ford 1600 competition, claiming solid results while working as a mechanic and driving instructor to support his passion. In 1992, he made his U.S. racing debut, capturing the Rookie of the Year title in Indy Lights competition. He advanced to the top levels of the sport with multiple wins in the Champ Car (CART), IndyCar and the American Le Mans Series with the Lowe’s Fernández Racing Team. He also made several appearances in NASCAR competition. He became the Aston Martin Works Team official driver in 2010.
The AMVOX2 Grand Chronograph’s patented breakthrough is the vertical-trigger chronograph. This mechanism makes it possible to start, stop and reset the chronograph by pressing on the sapphire crystal, eliminating the need for push buttons. The chronograph starts and stops with a push of the crystal at 12 o’clock. To reset, press on the crystal at 6 o’clock. The chronograph also features a column-wheel control mechanism, a 65 hour power reserve, and a variable inertia balance wheel. The rotor’s ceramic ball bearings never need lubrication.
The partnership between Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre dates back to the 1920’s, when Aston Martin automobiles featured Jaeger dashboard instruments. The AMVOX2 Grand Chronograph inspired by Adrián Fernández will be produced in a limited series of 50 pieces in pink gold. In honor of the origin of the celebrated driver, the dial and the strap feature the green, white, and red colors of Mexico’s national flag. The dial features the initials of Adrián Fernández between 7 and 8 o’clock, and the case-back carries an engraving with his name.