In 2005, the House of Breguet launched the Tradition collection of timepieces distinguished by a unique construction: the movement components are showcased on top of the mainplate. This year the original and remarkable line presents a new design version of the Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 with a blue colored guilloche dial. This new model will be exclusively available in Breguet boutiques.
This wristwatch, like the rest of the collection, inspired by the subscription watches, recalls the genius of Abraham-Louis Breguet who first invented these one-hand pocket watches in 1796. They were fitted with a special movement of great simplicity and sold by subscription: a down payment of a quarter of the price on order and the rest on delivery. A.-L. Breguet used the movements of his subscription watches to create his first tact watches.
The Tradition 7097 pays tribute to the beauty of the calibers of the subscription and tact watches by revealing the bridges, wheels, escapement, barrel and other components of the movement, which are usually hidden beneath the mainplate. Refined finishing enhances the visual balance displayed by the symmetrical bridges. The bridges and mainplate are decorated to achieve a uniform, finely grained surface, which requires rare skill and faultless execution. The gold winding rotor borrows its shape from historical movements while the classic clous de Paris (hobnailing) guilloche pattern, executed by hand, highlights the blue dial in gold, positioned off-center at 12 o’clock.
This timepiece gets its name from the retrograde seconds hand at 10 o’clock. The hours and minutes are shown by Breguet-style open-tipped hands in rhodium-plated steel. In order to provide optimum readability and to highlight the retrograde seconds’ complication, Breguet watchmakers used a semicircle with a circular brushed finish superimposed on the dial. To maintain the symmetry, the pare-chute is located at 4 o’clock. This Breguet invention, which protects the balance staff from shocks, can be identified at a glance as the emblematic feature of the Tradition collection. It is the forbear of all the shock-protection mechanisms in use in watch-making today, including the Incabloc system.
The 7097 reference features advanced technology. Its 40mm case houses a movement with an inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon pallets and a silicon Breguet overcoil balance spring that guarantee exceptional precision.
The Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 watch is the result of the technical and aesthetic excellence which Breguet consistently strives for. Its refined and pure style honours the legacy of the House, while its technical characteristics are the prerogative of a watchmaking company that is resolutely turned towards the future.
For the first time, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph is equipped with an onyx dial. Deep and natural, this unique mineral allows the delicate composition designed by Jaquet Droz to subtly stand out.
Music, architecture, painting, sculpture: the major arts are all based on the same principle of balance. Music alternates between notes and rests. Architecture and sculpture between matter and void. Painting between color and shadow. Indeed, artwork rests on a subtle harmony between what the human hand expresses and where nature is given free rein.
The new Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph is no exception. Created in 2019, the piece is now offered with an onyx dial for the very first time. It joins the long tradition of mineral dials—a Jaquet Droz signature. Through its intensity—its absolute blackness—onyx grants the piece unprecedented depth. Like a treasure from nature, the perfect black color of this precious mineral allows Jaquet Droz to design a composition from which the smallest detail and slightest reflection can be admired. Such is the case with the hour markers, off-center at 1 o’clock, whose fine white gold appliqué features a circular satin finish. The hands are mirror polished, while those of the chronograph and date are polished. The large central seconds is equipped with an openwork counterweight, and the date with a solid counterweight, evoking a full moon or new moon against a black backdrop like the vastness of space itself.
This mechanical ballet is arranged to the “off-center” choreography so dear to Jaquet Droz, according to which the retrograde date is located at 7 o’clock. At its heart is nestled the chronograph’s 30-minute counter. The Jaquet Droz 26M5R caliber, an automatic monopusher chronograph with column wheel, is the driving force—revealed through a sapphire crystal case back. The discerning gaze won’t miss the openwork oscillating weight in red gold, which unmasks the Cotes de Genève applied to each bridge. These traditional Fine Watchmaking finishes, which today combine with advanced technologies such as the silicon escapement, guarantee increased precision, unaffected by magnetism and temperature variations.
Perfectly balanced, the Grande Seconde Off-Centered Chronograph is a modern interpretation of the famous “8” traced out by its ancestor, the Grande Seconde, almost three centuries ago. Its new onyx dial provides a blank canvas on which to project one’s imagination. Nocturnal magic, the Greeks saw in onyx the imprint of the body of Venus and considered it the symbol of love. Twenty centuries later, Jaquet Droz offers a unique interpretation over which time glides—and out of which each of us tell a story.
Panerai continues its evolutionary journey as with character it redefines the expressive dimension of the epic Luminor Marina.
In a year clearly dedicated to the Luminor Marina, Panerai once again explores original directions in the field of creativity by rewriting the aesthetic vocabulary of the emblematic model which more than any other embodies the brand’s unmistakable legendary image. Today this fundamental mainstay of the brand carries a Luminor collection with an accentuated identity.
A natural successor of the historic diver’s watch conceived in the early 1950s, with its name “Luminor” inspired by the luminous substance tritium used in the Second World War to replace Radiomir, the new Luminor Marina (PAM01313) – 44mm marks the umpteenth step in a continuous process of development. It is the result of advanced innovation and long-standing tradition, recalling the codes of a unique aesthetic and ready today, as always, to rank itself as an unquestionable milestone of Italian design.
The key to its long life is its distinctive identity, highlighted by the originality of the design of the dial, with its legendary sandwich construction. This highly recognized configuration, always a distinctive sign of the Panerai DNA, is today presented in blue, with a satiné soleil finish for the model fitted with the alligator strap.
Characteristic graphic expression further amplified by the natural reaction at the base of the fluorescent compound called to revive it.
High-performance Super-LumiNovaTM has been selected by the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee to revamp the collection. The new reference is characterized by the neon green of its retro luminescence, an unvarying evocative colour returning to the origins of the brand.
The mechanical heart of the collection is the P.9010 calibre, an automatic movement only 6 mm thick entirely designed and developed in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. Reliable and accurate, it has a power reserve of three days provided by a twin spring barrel and it has the distinctive practical function for quickly setting the hour hand, which can be moved in steps of one hour forwards or backwards, at the same time automatically adjusting the date.
Water-resistant to 30 bar (a depth of about 300 metres), the new Luminor Marina (PAM01313) is supplied with the alligator leather strap fitted with a brushed steel buckle. A second technical strap in rubber completes the equipment of the series, with a special tool for changing it and a screwdriver for removing the clasp.
An example of the revolutionary Singer Track1 chronograph set a record auction price for the brand yesterday at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction XI. The Singer Track1 Prototype sold for CHF 52’500 including buyer’s premium.
This was the first major public watch auction of 2020 and despite the global disruption caused by the C-19 pandemic, the result shows the recognition the Geneva-based watch brand has gathered from collectors since it was founded in 2017.
The watch sold at Phillips Geneva Watch Auction XI is of particular interest as it represents an important step in the evolution of Singer as a watch brand and underlines the brand’s established position as a part of the high-watchmaking world.
This prototype embodies the starting point for the final design of the later named Launch Edition
The wider Singer company was born over a decade ago in California and forged its reputation among drivers with beautifully executed, bespoke restorations of air-cooled Porsche 911s for a global group of discerning owners. Singer’s work in the automotive world has been guided by a simple philosophy: A Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.
Three years ago, the same philosophy was applied outside the world of cars for the first time as Singer launched its watchmaking arm, Singer Reimagined.
As with its automotive endeavours, Singer approached its chosen subject matter as a passion project – the pursuit of a definitive vision for the sports chronograph – paying equal attention to iconic aesthetics and cutting-edge technical performance. The result was the Track1, which went on to win the GPHG Chronograph prize in 2018.
The Singer Philosophy is the pursuit of a definitive vision, whatever the subject matter.
The watch presents a formidable technical specification that seeks to celebrate the beauty and complexity of the chronograph. Breaking with the convention that separates chronograph functions into multiple small registers, Track1 places elapsed time functions front and centre. Three concentric registers record seconds, minutes and hours on the main dial.
Meanwhile, time of day moves to the two rotating outer discs, read against an indicator on the outer dial. This reimagining of the chronograph is made possible by the revolutionary Agengraph movement, developed in collaboration between Singer and master watchmakers, Agenhor.
The technical brilliance of the movement is highlighted by the iconic case design from celebrated watch designer Marco Borraccino. Clever restacking of the movement allows the full mechanical beauty of the movement to be seen, unobscured by the rotor. Twin pushers control chronograph functions while the dial and hands echo the iconic Porsche 911 tachometer.
Form follows function, with a radical focus on legibility through the centralized display of all the chronograph functions thanks to a revolutionary movement
The Master of Complications unveils its new timepiece dedicated to the world.
Inspired by the dynamic Vanguard™ collection, the Yachting Collection develops a new creative vision of time with its nautical details. The Yachting watch features all the seafaring details: from the deep blue to the wind rose adorning the dial everything reminds us the sea world.
The distinct Vanguard numerals perfectly complement the audacious design of the dial and enhance its high legibility.
Sporting either an automatic movement or a manual one, the line is available in titanium, 18 carat gold and stainless steel and is further seen in four variants – classic, chronograph, tourbillon and Gravity tourbillon. This timepiece is the ideal sporty watch for the owners of a yacht as the two universes share the same elegance and technical features.
Each watch comes with a hand-sewn alligator or nylon strap with rubber inside. Global precision meets yachting sport design in this avant-garde artwork.
With a stunning, skeletonised, in-house movement featuring superlatively hand-finished mainplate and bridges in ultra-light, natural titanium
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Romain Gauthier. It is fitting, then, that the Swiss watchmaker’s latest creation, Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette, calls on an area of craftsmanship for which he and his team have been heralded since the birth of the brand in 2005: hand-finishing.
By opening up and stripping down his high-end, time-only automatic calibre, Romain has created a truly contemporary skeleton watch that is a technical and artistic tour de force. Not only do the skeletonised, ultra-light natural titanium bridges and mainplate help to reveal the mesmerising mechanics of the in-house movement, they also provide the perfect platform for the Romain Gauthier anglage specialists to demonstrate their immense skills. For each Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette movement features as many as 250 hours devoted to anglage alone, that’s to say the bevelling, softening, smoothing and polishing by hand of the bridges and mainplate, in an extraordinary demonstration of watchmaking artistry.
Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette is available in a 42mm case made out of Carbonium®, a cutting-edge carbon composite sourced from aerospace-grade fibres that is light, mechanically resistant and catches the eye with its dynamic veining. This is a customisable “Manufacture Only” edition available exclusively via Manufacture Romain Gauthier. Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette is also available as customisable 39.5mm precious metal or titanium “Special Orders” through Romain Gauthier or its retail partners. To show the mouthwatering possibilities, Romain has created two Special Order examples, one in 18k red gold and another in 950 platinum.
INSIGHT MICRO-ROTOR SQUELETTE IN DETAIL
Skeletonising Insight Micro-Rotor
For either technical or aesthetic reasons, not every calibre lends itself to skeletonisation, and Romain Gauthier’s in-house movements are no different. “If you skeletonised my first movement Prestige HM/HMS, there would be sizeable voids leaving little to see except the hair on your wrist, and that’s not ideal,” says Romain. “The open architecture of my Logical One means that if you opened it up even more, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to view more of the mechanics than what you can already see. However, my Insight Micro-Rotor jumps out as a natural fit for skeletonisation.”
Insight Micro-Rotor is Romain Gauthier’s high-end, automatic timepiece of which the hour, minute and small second indications are powered by an in-house calibre boasting bidirectional micro-rotor made from 22k solid gold. Visible dial side and through the display back, this oscillating weight turns smoothly between two bridges, each fitted with a friction-minimising, wear-resistant ruby bearing. In whichever direction the micro-rotor swings, it winds a serially operating double mainspring barrel offering 80 hours of power at full wind. For Romain, the architecture of the arcing bridges, the position of the balance and micro-rotor, and the layout of the gears and barrels meant skeletonising this movement would really add something.
He says: “As I worked on the design and explored potential executions, it became clear that skeletonising Insight Micro-Rotor would not leave awkward gaps, but would instead reveal previously hidden details and create new ones, making this movement even more expressive.”
Material decisions: Making the mainplate and bridges in ultra-light, natural titanium
Romain’s design for opening up the Insight Micro-Rotor entailed skeletonising the mainplate and eight bridges that, until now, have been made in solid brass. At the thicknesses he envisaged, going as thin as 0.7mm, skeletonised brass bridges wouldn’t have necessarily held up. Grade 5 titanium, however, offered the requisite strength and a lightness that could reduce the overall weight of the movement to 15.95g, the ability to look good naturally without the need for galvanic deposition, and the ability to be hand-polished. All the same, machining titanium has its challenges.
“Titanium takes longer than brass to machine the material into the required shape. Progress is slower and more incremental, with more steps required for each piece,” says Romain. “It wears down tools and can break them more easily. There is always a risk of fire, so you must avoid unmonitored machining during the night. And it also tests the machine operators’ ability to work within +/- 2-micron tolerances because if any holes are a fraction too small, the jewels could break when the watchmakers drive them in.”
Manufacture-Only Carbonium® Edition
Romain Gauthier always knew that if he was ever going to create a timepiece that collectors could purchase exclusively through Manufacture Romain Gauthier, it needed to be something special with a strong identity. And so, for his first ever Manufacture-Only edition, Romain has chosen to present probably his sportiest looking watch to date: An Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette with case, crown, dial and buckle made out of Carbonium®.
Carbonium® is a high-tech, high-performance, carbon fibre composite invented and produced by French company Lavoisier Composites. It is made by employing a special compression-moulding process to ‘upcycle’ the epoxy resin and carbon fibres found in prepreg tapes sourced from the aerospace industry – fibres once earmarked to form part of an airliner wing, fin or fuselage.
Romain says: “I have been interested in presenting a watch in carbon fibre for some time, but I was always waiting to find the right material, one that is a bona fide, technical carbon composite. I found that material in Carbonium®. I was drawn to Carbonium® because not only does it possess excellent mechanical properties, but it also looks fabulous and wears light on the wrist.”
To make each of the Carbonium® elements for this timepiece, Lavoisier Composites creates Carbonium® blocks which are then finely shaped on a 5-axis machining centre before being matte-finished for a slightly silky surface appearance. In accordance with Romain’s wishes, Lavoisier chose a long fibre length of 50mm, in their eyes the sweet spot between mouldability, aesthetics and mechanical properties.
Indeed, the carbon fibre in Carbonium® is three times more rigid than titanium, yet twice as light. The fully assembled Carbonium® case for Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette weighs in at just 15.36g. So with the cased-up movement weighing 31.31g, it is fair to say this Carbonium® edition feels like a feather on the wrist.
What is more, at 42mm in diameter, this case is larger than the Insight Micro-Rotor case in precious metal or titanium (39.5mm). That is because the rigid and fibre-rich nature of Carbonium® means localised increases in case dimensions needed to be made in order to machine it optimally. The extra couple of millimetres only serve to increase the assertive presence of the Carbonium® which bears a striking, organic-looking, veined pattern. As you turn the watch, the veins take it in turns to reflect the light, lending the case a real vivacity.
With carbon fibre watches, often the movement is placed in a watertight cylinder within an unwaterproofed case. Romain was keen to avoid this ‘hack’ and instead wanted the skeletonised movement to be protected from humidity by the Carbonium® case itself. To that end, Lavoisier Composites performed a multi-step waterproofing process developed especially for this Romain Gauthier case, that saw resin injected into the micropores – invisible to the naked eye – on the inside of the case to prevent water from entering it.
As for the “Manufacture Only” status of this edition, Romain Gauthier feels that this will enhance its appeal to collectors. “Purchasing this timepiece directly from us, our collectors will know that they are acquiring an exciting timepiece that they won’t find anywhere else,” says Romain. “Those who own it will, in a sense, become part of a club of owners who understand how this watch represents me in terms of the architectural movement, the extreme level of hand-finishing and the technical-yet-casual nature of the Carbonium® case. And they will know that they will have made a considerable contribution to supporting our watchmaking.”
Customisable elements include the final finishing to the bridges and mainplate (hand-polished or matte-finished bevels); colour of the steel hands, dial accents and plaquette engravings; and colour of the natural rubber strap. The example here features hand-polished bevels, Pacific blue and white dial accents, and Pacific blue steel hands and natural rubber strap.
Hublot celebrates the 1st anniversary of its boutique in Monaco and pays tribute to the Principality’s colours with the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’
Red and white adorn the new Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’ in an elegant simplicity, echoing the flag of the city-state to which Hublot has been particularly devoted for many years through its sporting and cultural partnerships. Only 30 pieces of this 45-mm case in satin-finished and polished titanium, fitted with a red calf and white rubber strap, will be released and available exclusively at the Monte Carlo boutique.
“The Hôtel de Paris, a renowned luxury hotel, and the Casino, which is one of the most prestigious in the world, are resplendent in their sumptuous architecture. Under an intensely blue horizon and in the very heart of the city, they are the scene of exceptional experiences and an invitation to unforgettable journeys. What better setting and more prestigious neighbourhood could we choose?” – Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot
Captivating through the liveliness of its colour, the index emphasises the architectural lines of the HUB1155 chronograph skeleton movement, a fascinating composition of 207 painstakingly assembled components that opens up through the dial. On the case-back, an engraving displays the limited series in honour of the Principality. With its design in harmony with the joyful hours and journeys of the summer, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’ is water resistant to 50 m and has a 42-hour power reserve.
The Hublot boutique was inaugurated in 2019 on the famous Place du Casino, an area in which the most precious expertise of the luxury industry is concentrated.
For this exclusive partnership, it was only appropriate for Franck Muller to select its most iconoclastic complication, which has been fascinating horological aficionados for years: the Crazy Hours™. The collection combines boldness, creativity and poetry with the exceptional Haute Horlogerie know-how of Franck Muller.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the world’s finest car manufacturer to produce this bespoke car and this exclusive watch collection. To see our exceptional know how of haute-horlogerie be interpreted into such an exclusive car has been a fascinating experience….“ commented Nicholas Rudaz, Director of Franck Muller Watchland.
To celebrate the masterpiece car, Franck Muller is watchmaking a unique Crazy Hours™ collection inspired by the world of Rolls-Royce. The collection will show Franck Muller numbers in the well-known unconventional order, typical of the Crazy Hours timepieces.
The dial displays the color codes of the car and its sophisticated details that we can found on dashboards and Rolls-Royce seats’. The self-winding mechanical movement offers 42 hours of power reserve.
Thanks to its patented Crazy Hours mechanism, the collection offers a new reading of time. The central hour hand literally jumps from the numerals one to twelve placed atypically on the dial, as such, after every 60 minutes, the hour hand would jump to the next correct number. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial.
Time becomes a value that is personal, individual that you can forget, behind the wheel of your Rolls-Royce’s car. You are free from constraints – time is ultimately what one makes of it.
By Roberta Naas / Atimelyperspective.com
Introducing the Zenith Defy 21 Ultraviolet Chronograph with Violet Movement
If you love purple, Zenith has the watch for you. The Swiss watch brand is calling it violet — the ultimate end of the color spectrum (think Roy G. Biv). After violet, the next highest frequency of light is the invisible ultraviolet light. By taking this extreme color and pairing it with Zenith’s highest frequency chronograph in production, the Defy 21, the brand brings energy and intensity to the forefront.
The Color Purple
This, of course, is not unusual for Zenith. The brand has long been a pioneer and a leader when it comes to the development of advanced calibers and chronographs. It makes sense that it would combine its innovative Defy 21 watch with the color of royalty, and do so in a unique way. Instead of adding a violet dial, the band has treated its revolutionary El Primero 21 automatic movement — that beats at a high frequency of 50Hz and times to 1/100th of a second — so that many of its parts are violet. The movement colors are not all the same, some are lighter and others darker and more vibrant. The angular bridges are the most impressive, especially when seen with the three gray chronograph registers and the gray flange ring.
The Bold Look of the Defy 21 Ultraviolet
The constantly moving white-tipped central 1/100th of a second chronograph hand, which makes a complete revolution above the dial in one second, adds drama to the watch. It is all visible via the dial (less) side — making this the first Defy 21 with an open dial and closed chronograph counters (other than the Defy 21 El Primero 50th Anniversary edition boxed set). The Defy 21 Ultraviolet Chronograph is finished with a black rubber strap with violet inserts to emulate the look of woven fabric.
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By Roberta Naas / Atimelyperspective.com
In a very exciting move for TAG Heuer, the brand unveils its newest timepiece and fashion-forward collaboration. It has partnered with Fragment Design’s founder and all-around Renaissance man, Hiroshi Fujiwara, also known as the Godfather of Streetwear. With a goal to re-introduce TAG Heuer’s 1960’s and 1970’s auto-inspired watches, the brand turned to Fujiwara for updated, highly wearable style. He delivered. The new Heuer 02 Chronograph TAG Heuer x Fragment Design.
TAG Heuer X Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph
Hiroshi Fujiwara — founder of Fragment Design — has collaborated with some of the most renowned names in all walks of life since starting his brand in 2003. He has had significant impact on music, culture and design. As such, he was the perfect person (and company) for TAG Heuer to turn to for a collaboration when the brand opted to create a reinterpretation of its motor-racing C-case watches from the 1960’s and ’70’s.
The result is a nicely proportioned timepiece with minimalistic design that enhances the tachymeter scale on the bezel. To achieve a contemporary and stealth appeal, the black opaline dial features black embossed subsidiary counters at 3 and 9 o’clock. The white numerals and logo, as well as the red lacquered second hand, offer great contrast. The 44mm watch is crafted in brushed steel and houses the Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic column-wheel chronograph movement. It offers 80 hours of power reserve. It also boasts a host of other exciting features, including a bold red sapphire case-back window and more.
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For dads who love fast cars, the OMEGA Speedmaster has always been a perfect front seat passenger. Born for racing in 1957, the original models were not only used to time laps on the track, but also to create a distinct sense of style on the wrist.
In tribute to that motoring heritage, OMEGA is putting its famous chronograph in reverse, with a vintage spin on its Father’s Day choices. Most notably, each Speedmaster model is set on its own leather strap, adding a classic and sophisticated edge to the look. Crafted from the finest material in differing tones of brown, each strap delivers a smooth retro spirit, while working in perfect harmony alongside the Speedmaster’s iconic stainless steel case.
The Speedmaster has travelled a long way since those early days behind the steering wheel. In fact, it’s even been to the moon six times. So, if your dad wants to play it cool with some nostalgic astronaut style, you can pick up the Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” which first orbited the Earth in 1962.
If you want to keep your choice focused on four wheels, then take a close look at the Racing models within the Speedmaster collection. These pieces have borrowed classic features from the past, such as the distinctive racing minute track, which first appeared in 1968, and even carried through OMEGA’s Formula One years in the 1990s.
Finally, if you want to get as vintage as possible, why not journey back to the start of the story, with the Speedmaster ’57 on a golden brown Novonappa leather strap. The design take inspiration from the very first pioneering design, but has been updated with a precise new engine and a modern silvery dial.
When it comes to Father’s Day, there are not many timepieces more appropriate than the Speedmaster. A good-looking watch, with timeless appeal and unrivalled heritage? Any dad will love it.
By Roberta Naas / Atimelyperspective.com
Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer
Since its inception in 1833, Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre has been driven by a passion for innovation, and has regularly set new standards in the watch industry. Easily one of its most beloved and iconic lines is the Memovox, which is today part of the Master Control collection. Today, the brand unveils two new Memovox watches that will have collectors clamoring: Master Control Memovox and Master Control Memovox Timer.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of very few brands that builds alarm watches, and has been doing so since it launched its first Memovox Alarm watch 70 years ago. Only those brands that are already masters at chiming mechanisms could also master the alarm watch back in the post-World War II era days. While repeaters use multiple hammers and gongs and take their time chiming a melodious tune of hours, quarters and minutes, the hammer in an alarm watch must strike the gong very quickly multiple times — a difficult feat. One Jaeger-LeCoultre executes well.
Re-Worked Striking Mechanism for Master Control Memovox Watches
The newest generation of Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watches are a deft blend of vintage inspiration and contemporary styling. In addition to new functions and updated movements, the watches boast sapphire case backs and sophisticated dials. The addition of a sapphire case back was not a simple thing, because in previous generations of Memovox watches, the gong was attached to the closed case back. In order to allow wearers to view the hammer in action, the engineers at Jaeger-LeCoultre had to rework the entire striking mechanism so the the gong is attached to the case side instead of the back. Each of the new watches is presented in the new 40mm Master Control case with sloped bezel, curved lugs and both polished- and satin-brushed finishes.
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