Thursday, January 30, 2014

JLC Counters Gravity Affects, SIHH Jaeger-LeCoultre

JLC Counters Gravity Affects, SIHH Jaeger-LeCoultre 

SIHH is one of my favorite watch events.
My last few post have been about watches released at the SIHH 
This next post will be about.. yes.. another.. watch released at the SIHH
Don't worry guys I'll review watches that come in to us later.
But come on SIHH releases some of the most magnificent watches one can lay their eyes on.

But today I'll be covering 2 Jaeger-LeCoultre
We'll start with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Sphérotourbillon
The Spherotourbillon is part of the Duometre line, a line in which all watches use the Dual Wing concept this concept to put simply uses two power sources one for your time keeping and the other for your regulation and complication needs.
This watch will be sold in very limited quantities, 75 in platinum and an unknown amount of rose gold but it'll be limited as well as stated by Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO. 
Ok so lets explain why there is a Dual Wing concept.
In a watch when you use its features a certain amount of power is used to support them, this can affect your normal features.
Let me show another world example imagine you're on your computer it has say 8 GB and you have your platform and start up programs that use up say 3 GB (That's a lot for just a platform and startup programs I know) then you open a video editing program that uses 4.5 GB you'll notice that your operation on your basic platform might slow down, this is essentially the same for watches.
To resolve this they gave the complication and regulation its own power source so it won't affect the normal time keeping of the timepiece.
Seeing the image above of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Sphérotourbillon
You can see there are two mainspring sections one labeled Hours/Minutes the other labeled Regulator.
Separating the power source assures high accuracy 
But just to take it a step further in accuracy they used a dual-axis, dual cage tourbillon on a 20° incline.
The fact that it uses two axis means the tourbillon can counteract gravity in a large magnitude of positions.
To make this watch even more exact they've added a flyback seconds button at 2 o'clock which resets your seconds without stopping the watch.
 The Watch has a 382 movement which consist of 460 parts with a 50 hour power reserve.
Jaeger-LeCoultre says the following about their timepiece
"An authentic revolution in the field of Grande Complication models, the Duomètre Sphérotourbillon, stemming from almost 180 years of history and invention unique to Jaeger-LeCoultre, is equipped withan unprecedented multi-axis tourbillon. In addition to the axis of its carriage, the Sphérotourbillon has a second axis inclined at 20° and thereby freeing it from the effects of gravity in all positions. The revolutionary `Dual-Wing` concept featured in Calibre 382 once again paves the way for an original function and makes this exceptional model the first tourbillon watch that is precisely adjustable thanks to the small seconds flyback system."
The watch is beautiful and unique.
on the dial you will find two power reserve indicators.
A Date feature around the hour and minute indicator
A second indicator as well as a dual time feature.
Of course your able to see the beautiful tourbillon on the face of the watch.
Look below to see the The Rose Gold Model and White Gold Model as well as a special model that seems to have a night sky dial which I loved.

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