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Swiss timekeepers Jaeger-LeCoultre unveil the fifth model from its AMVOX5 range, dubbed “World Chronograph”. This new series takes inspiration from Aston Martin’s all-conquering race cars while giving birth to four wristwatches in the AMVOX line. Features include JLC’s own Calibre 752 movement, with a column wheel, vertical clutch chronograph and lubricant-free ceramic ball-bearing mechanism. Further information on the collaboration can be found below.
In 2010, the AMVOX5 World Chronograph, the fifth creation in the line, has caused a sensation as the first Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece to boast both chronograph and worldtime functions. Its appearance comprises all the successful signature features of the AMVOX line: luminescent white numerals and hour-markers arranged in the classic 270° sweep; the openworked dial adorned with a gridwork motif evoking the radiator grilles on Aston Martin cars; as well as the time and chronograph functions displayed on round subdials complemented by a movement operating indicator at 6 o’clock above the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo. The inner bezel ring carries the cities symbolising the 24 time zones and enabling one to immediately check the time anywhere on the globe. In a subtle detail emphasizing the watch’s automobile heritage, London is replaced by Gaydon, the town in Warwickshire where the prestigious Aston Martin cars are painstakingly made. The splendid mechanical Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 752 powering the AMVOX5 is distinguished by its exceptional accuracy and sturdiness. Its columnwheel and vertical-clutch chronograph, in harmony with the finest watchmaking traditions, boasts remarkable technical characteristics such as the lubricant-free ceramic ball-bearing winding mechanism, the large variable-inertia balance, and the laser-welded balance-spring, together ensuring peerless reliability and longevity.
This “all-road” calibre is housed within a case in high-tech ceramics and titanium or 18-carat pink gold. Its entirely in-house production is based on innovative cutting-edge processes identical to those used in the aeronautics and medical technology industries. Obtained by highpressure compaction of yttrium oxide combined with a binding substance and a small proportion of zirconium oxide, the mixture is then heated to 2000°C. After radioscopic testing of the homogeneity of the resulting material, the ceramic block is then machined using diamond-tipped tools. The deep black case which is significantly lighter than steel and twice as hard, guarantees the AMVOX5 World Chronograph unprecedented resistance and longevity, making it a timepiece able to stand the test of time without showing its age.
The AMVOX5 World Chronograph will be produced in editions of 300 in ceramics and titanium, and 200 in ceramics and pink gold. Two Racing versions, each issued in 100-piece limited editions, will appeal to motor-racing enthusiasts. The day/night disc on these models is distinguished by its striking black and orange or black and white shades. The large seconds hand also features an orange tint inspired by the Aston Martin racing-car prototypes. The chronograph counter discs are carbon-finished in a manner reminiscent of the LMP1 cars.