Oiginally released in 2016, the Replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre is part of Jaeger-LeCoultre's on going relationship in making timepieces in partnership with automobile maker Aston Martin. In my opinion, this is one of the few car/watch relationships that has been successful but, in this case, remains extremely niche.Jaeger-LeCoultre produces their cases in-house, so you see a wonderful integration between the two that you very rarely see in other brands.
The Replica Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX contains a chronograph, but one that is not activated via traditional pushers on the sides of the case. How do you operate the chronograph? By pressing on the top or bottom of the crystal over the dial. That's right, this feature, which was originally debuted on an earlier Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX model, allows you to operate the chronograph by literally pressing on the case. The action is fluid and works surprisingly well, given that you are using a sapphire crystal as the way to start, stop, or reset the chronograph complication. On the left side of the case is a switch that allows you to lock the crystal so as not to accidentally activate the chronograph - a useful feature that I appreciate was designed into the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX ref. 194T470. I will actually take this opportunity to point you to our original article debuting the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master watch here, back in 2012, where you can learn more about the background of the watch. Visually the watch is interesting, but when you wear it, the full experience allows for an entirely different type of appreciation.
I continue to mention that Replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Complicated is one of the best sports watch makers that doesn't like to talk about their sports watches. For 2015, we saw the brand release the first non-limited edition version of the Master Compressor Extreme Lab 2 - which is one of my favorite luxury sport watches of all time. It almost feels like the high-end sports watches Jaeger-LeCoultre produces come out of some quiet skunkworks arm of the company while the rest of them are busy thinking about new Reverso and other dress watches.In fact, it is unclear what Jaeger-LeCoultre's future is going to be in terms of new product development, but I really want to see them producing as many modern sports watches as possible in addition to their dressier watches and more vintage inspired sports watches. Anyhow, back to the ultra-modern replica Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX which, by design, is trying to be as futuristic as possible. Little is held back in attempting to create a sense of visual "wow" in the 44mm-wide titanium case (a gold version is also available). Detailing is really ramped on the dial which is perhaps best described as "anti-minimalist." This is certainly a watch with a design inspired by the technology generation. It is true that legibility does suffer a bit thanks to the barrage of lines, levels, and textures on the dial, but the large hour and minute hands as well as luminant do ensure that the replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication is not a difficult watch to read.
Those concerned about dual-branded timepieces thanks to the Aston Martin relationship quite literally have nothing to worry about. The branding integration with Aston Marin is minimal at most. Can you even see the Aston Martin logo on the dial? I'll give you a hint; it is located between the 2 and 3 o'clock hour markers on the outside of the dial. There are probably people who've worn this watch for weeks without noticing that small element. There is more significant Aston Martin branding on the rear of the case. It is produced from 335 pieces and operates at 4Hz (28,800 bph) with a nice power reserve of 65 hours. Did you notice the power reserve indicator on the dial? Two arching scales move red lines simultaneously to the 12 o'clock position on the dial as the power reserve indicator fills up. It is a beautiful and useful way of indicating the power reserve and shows some of the forward thinking that exists even in a conservative watch maker.
The two main subdials on the face are used to count the chronograph hours and minutes. A smaller dial is located over the 6 o'clock point on the dial and has a seconds hand. You also have a date indicator window at 6 o'clock right under the running seconds hand. These features along with the unique chronograph operation system make for a very inspired, very original design that is nevertheless useful and ergonomic.No doubt timepieces such as the Replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Simple will remain a niche favorite, but I think that is a good thing. The people who can afford and love these designs will be rewarded with a lot of exclusivity and detailed effort that come together to make timepieces you can really bond with. So while I am glad Jaeger-LeCoultre continues to produce watches like this, in a way, I appreciate that they aren't the focus of the brand's marketing arm, which might make them more commercial and less wonderfully unique.