The Swiss Grande Maison Jaeger-LeCoultre has recently revealed a limited edition of its popular (albeit expensive) AMVOX5 model created together with the British luxury sports car maker Aston Martin. The Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1 (ref. Q193J480) will be produced in a limited run of only 250 pieces with most of them probably going into heavily guarded vaults of the British automaker’s most valued customers.
Like the original model, the 2012 JLC AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1 (LMP1 here is for Le Mans Prototype – a sports car designed to take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans) is delivered in a rather large case that combines lightweight titanium and scratch-resistant ceramic parts.
Whole 44 millimeters in diameter and 15 millimeters in height, the watch will certainly be noticed.
If you compare the last year’s AMVOX5 World Chronograph Limited Edition with the new version, you will notice that there are only subtle differences here and there done in order to make the re-issue unique.
The first thing that immediately gets noticed is the new color scheme.
Besides the signature “Aston Martin orange” color of the chronograph hands, there is also a high-contrast blue and white color scheme of the city disk and the chronograph totalizers at 3 and 9 o’clock.
The date window that was previously located at 5 hours, has been moved 30 degrees clockwise and now sits comfortably at 6 o’clock, right below the small seconds-hand that, as usual, doesn’t look like a seconds hand at all.
The 24-hour second time-zone display is still indicated with a nondescript second hour-hand that seems to be crafted from titanium. Although the main hour and minute hands are covered with a generous amount of Superluminova, the GMT hand still comes without any lume whatsoever. What a shame!
It is possibly needless to say that the limited edition timekeeper is powered by the same Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 752 automatic movement that animated the original version.
Crafted, assembled, and decorated by hand, the movement offers a nice power reserve of 65 hours, which makes it possible to put the watch in safe on Friday evening and take it back on Monday morning without worrying about whether it is still running or stopped dead 10 hours ago.
A nice watch, that, but I have a strong feeling that, like the original, it will retail at an outrageously high price of at least $20,000.
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1 (ref. Q193J480) specification
Price: €18,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 752, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 41
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Rose gold oscillating weight. Crafted, assembled, and decorated by hand
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time-zone (GMT,) chronograph
Power reserve: 65 hours
Case: Titanium and ceramic
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
Dial: Open-worked, black with orange and blue accents
Hour markers: City disk, 24-hour second time-zone (GMT) indicator with day/night indication
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: A black calfskin or Cordura strap with a 20 mm steel folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective