Like the legendary British car manufacturer, the new Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX 3 Tourbillon GMT Aston Martin wrist watch (Ref. 193 C4 50) offers you a breathtaking combination of an outstanding engine full of technological innovations and as complex as a modern watch caliber can be, and a meticulously crafted body with its open-working dial somehow managing to be extremely legible while putting on display the timekeeper’s inner workings. Although the timepiece lacks the usual transponder chip that would allow you to open and start the sports car, it is still worth every single penny that the Swiss brand plans to charge for it.
Just like money follows the money, big brands tend to get attracted to each other.
The truism comes especially obvious when these brands belong to different markets or even different industries.
Take for example the makers of luxury watches and luxury cars. Just about any carmaker or a race team owner at least once partnered with a Swiss watchmaker to create a co-branded, “special edition” watch.
It is like two rock-stars that record a single together targeting each other’s loyal fans.
No wonder that Jaeger LeCoultre, one of the biggest players on the fine watches market, and Aston Martin, the company that produces the best exclusive cars for everyday driving pleasure, have teamed together to create this wonderful watch.
Well, it is more appropriate to say “teamed again,” since it is the third installment of the super limited AMVOX series.
The Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX 3 Tourbillon GMT Aston Martin watch (Ref. 193 C4 50), as the company is reporting in its press release, features a large 44mm case made of ceramics and 18Kt rose gold.
Its light-weight automatic JLC in-house caliber 988C with 35 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours is protected from the outside world with a pair of sapphire crystals.
First revealed last year together with the JLC Master Compressor Extreme LAB concept watch, the movement sports lubricant-free design and is operational in a wide range of temperatures from -40° to +60° Celsius. Even the spring barrel, which is always greased to assure smooth operation, is now “lubricated” not with oil, but with an almost eternal graphite powder.
Unlike the previous iterations of the watch, the new AMVOX3 features such elaborate complications as a tourbillon escapement, which is clearly seen through a cut-out at 6 o’clock. Equipped with a variable-inertia balance oscillating at a cadence of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the tourbillon is equipped with a luminous, open-worked rectangular hand and serves as a small seconds indicator.
The other complication is the second time zone display, which is indicated by an additional hour hand and complemented by the ever useful AM/PM indication at 12 o’clock.
The main hour hand can be adjusted in one-hour backward or forward increments by rotating the crown, which is really convenient, especially for those who have to cross multiple time-zones during the day.
Photos: Jaeger LeCoultre
Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX 3 Tourbillon GMT watch specification:
Price range: €70,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Mechanical automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 988c, Swiss Made
Movement finish: Crafted and decorated by hand, ruthenium-treated bridges and mainplate
Complications: Automatic tourbillon with large 11.5mg x cm2 variable-inertia balance, AM/PM indicator bridge in black eloxed aluminum
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Ceramics, with back bezel and crown in 18-carat pink gold. Case back with sapphire crystal
Case diameter: 44.00 mm
Dial: Black with gridwork motif inspired by automobile air inlets, Black luminescent numerals
Strap: Black leather strap with folding clasp in satin-brushed 18-carat pink gold
Water resistance: 50 meters
Crystal: Cambered sapphire crystal, hardness No 9
Limited Edition of individually numbered 300 units