A Elegant Timepiece Of Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials
Having been launched in 2007, the Swiss Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre is roughly as new a concept as the iPhone. Over the past decade, JLC has developed the Duomètre into a successful platform for showcasing their creativity and mechanical prowess within the confines of a generally traditional, classically minded, and complicated wristwatch. As the next step in their evolution, JLC has made the small but very noticeable change of fitting a dark grey magnetite dial. Available on three classic Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watch models in pink gold, the dark dial is a small change with a considerable effect.
Please allow me to fill you in on the important stuff if you are just checking in for the first time since 2007. The world has realized that The Black Eyed Peas are (and always were) the worst, a bunch of really excellent people have died, some news is fake and the rest is terrible. Also, buy a TV, watch season one of True Detective, then throw the TV away. Don’t bother with movies, they haven’t made anything better than Lost in Translation. Okay, you’re caught up, the rest is small details, like fitting a dark dial on a few lovely watches from JLC.
As with almost anything from JLC, it’s hard to argue with the appeal. While the white and delicately textured dials we know and love have a certain old-world look that accesses the visual literacy of vintage chronometers and seemingly ancient pocket watches, the transition to a matte grey magnetite dial bestows a new look that is hinged on contrast. The contrast between the hands, dial layout, and metal elements on the dial all pack a considerable punch. Legibility is aided and, even for someone who may not love gold watches (me), the dark-grey on pink gold is a a subtle and confident look for a dressy watch.
The three newly darkened models are the wondrous Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Spherotourbillon, the swiss classic watches Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire, and the cleverJaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe. We’ve covered all three models in the past, but a refresher never hurts. All three models are 42mm wide and feature hand-wound mechanical movements based on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Dual Wing Concept. As the Duomètre name would suggest, “Dual Wing” is a movement design that opts for separated gear trains, each with its own mainspring (power reserve). It’s essentially two movements in one watch, one for timekeeping and one for the complication. Using the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe as an example, this means that the functionality and mechanical requirements of the chronograph do not affect the accuracy of the main time display.