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S I M P LY A B U DH A B I
Vision of the future:
Jaeger LeCoultre and
AstonMartin
AMVOX7
Chronograph
The new watch from this
powerful partnership
boasts a raft of
sophisticated innovations
sure to delight lovers of
performance and style.
T
he eighth anniversary of the partnership
concluded between Jaeger-LeCoultre and
Aston Martin is being celebrated with the
launch of the AMVOX7, the first vertical-trigger
chronograph equipped with a radial power-reserve
display.
Developed by the manufacturer from the Vallée de
Joux, the AMVOX line has for almost a decade been
appealing as much to devotees of fine watchmaking
as to motor sports fans. The new AMVOX7
Chronograph displays the signature characteristics of
an iconic collection within a new case featuring an
even more ergonomic shape. It testifies to the avant-
garde spirit of an alliance entirely dedicated to
aesthetic and technical innovation, inspired by the
prestigious British car maker.
Refined design serving intuitive
functions
The AMVOX7 Chronograph immediately draws the
gaze to the motif adorning its dial and featuring the
pattern of the radiator grille of the Vanquish, the new
model unveiled by Aston Martin last June. This
obvious similarity served as a background canvas
against which to undertake formal research, entirely
in tune with the technical characteristics of the watch.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmakers and artisans have
devoted particular care to creating refined
decorations. The diversity of the finishes enhancing
the various surfaces lends remarkable visual depth to
a black dial, which has anthracite grey counters
featuring red and white accents to ensure optimal
readability.
With this watch an innovative new functionmakes its
entry into the AMVOX line: the radial power-reserve
display. On the AMVOX7 Chronograph, this
indication appears through two apertures in the upper
part of the inner bezel ring, on either side of the black
dial. When the watch is wound, the red power-reserve
discs draw closer as if to embrace the 12 o’clock
numeral, and as the barrel winds down, they
disappear again in order to gradually reveal the
chronograph levers.
The grade 5 titanium case is enhanced with
supremely refined technical finishes. The bevels of
the lugs are meticulously polished, while the
ornamentation of the crown and the trigger are
distinguished by alternating shotpeened, polished and
satin-brushed surfaces. Finally, the case middle and
the underside of the lugs are delicately satin-brushed
horizontally.
In 2005, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the new vertical-
trigger chronograph. It represented the first intuitive
technique serving to measure short time intervals.
Before the start of an event, the user no longer needs
to hold the push-piece down in order to ensure
instant activation of a race start, because a simple press
on the watch glass is enough to pivot the case along
its horizontal axis and thus immediately start a new
measurement.
Like all revolutionary inventions, this system
appeared so simple that sports enthusiasts keen to
time the progress of their performances almost
instantly wondered how they could have done
without it. A press at 12 o’clock starts or stops the
chronograph mechanism, while the same operation
performed on the lower end of the dial resets the
chronograph hand to zero.
This intuitive approach is not confined exclusively to
the watch mechanism, but also extends to the
displays. The chronograph counters on the
openworked black dial appear in anthracite grey, the
two colours making a perfect contrast with the white
hands and numerals. The ever-useful movement
operating indicator occupies the lower part of the dial,
above the date window at 6 o’clock.
Technology to match the aesthetics
The bodywork of this high-tech device built for fine
performance has also been the object of meticulous
care. The case of the AMVOX7 has been given a
complete facelift. It now incorporates lugs in the
shape of a monoblock construction, which enabled
improved integration of the strap to ensure an
optimally ergonomic fit. The crown has undergone a
similar evolution: also integrated into the case, it now
offers the two-fold advantage of an easier grip and
more accurate handling.
However essential, these characteristics shouldn’t
divert attention from the crucial breakthrough
achieved through the subtle change in the shape of
the case. This innovation facilitates improved
positioning on the wrist. How is it done? Well, the
addition of a new element on the case-back enables
the wristband to maintain a perfect curve and thus
guarantee the ergonomic fit of the watch on the
forearm. This proves a decisive asset on the road as
well as in other situations of daily life, in which even
the slightest discomfort may be a hindrance to taking
immediate and appropriate decisions.