The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin AMVOX7 automatic chronograph (Ref. 194T470) not only brings you a winning combination of a refined, ultra-lightweight titanium body and a high-tech in-house movement, but also offers a highly unusual circular (!) bi-retrograde (!) power reserve indicator that displays the gadget’s remaining operating time right on the timekeeper’s skeletonized chapter ring.
Created in collaboration with the legendary Aston Martin luxury car manufacturer, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin AMVOX7 Power Reserve Chronograph (Ref. 194T470 predictably boasts a modern-looking design that puts into the mix a partially open-worked dial that elegantly combines a pair of chronograph sub-dials with facetted hour and minute hands. Looking like they were brought right from AM’s assembly line, the hands have enough Superluminova on them to ensure superb legibility in any lighting.
Its mildly oversized 44 mm titanium case looks sophisticated, but not excessively so: in this regard, the timepiece gives Breitling for Bentley watches a run for their money while simultaneously blowing them out of the water. Yes, this is purely subjective, but so is saying that a painting by Picasso is usually more sophisticated than a Soviet propaganda poster.
Well, perhaps there is no use telling you how beautiful this watch is: if you like Aston Martins and their approach to industrial design, you probably have already fallen in love with this design masterpiece.
While the dial with its many displays and lots of decor may look messy to some, it is still easy to read once you get used to it, and, again, it is a pleasure to note that both the hands and the bold Arabic numerals are covered with high-grade white luminous compound that makes it especially easy to use the watch at night.
Equipped by the brand’s in-house JLC 756 automatic caliber, the AMVOX7 features the family’s signature “dial-operated” chronograph function. Since the timepiece lacks the usual push-pieces on the sides of the case, you will have to push on the upper and lower parts of the dial to respectively start/stop or reset the chrono.
Composed of 335 parts and featuring a double-barrel design, the movement is thick at almost 7.40 millimeters resulting in an oversized body of 44 millimeters in diameter and almost 16 millimeters thick. However, judging by the photos, the watch still looks good on a normal wrist.
Of course, the MSRP of $27,000 USD makes the watch prohibitively expensive for a great number of people, but the price to be well justified with all that amount of skilled labor put together in order to make this titanium beauty come to life.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin AMVOX7 Power Reserve Chronograph (Ref. 194T470) specification
Price: $27,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber JLC 756, 7.39 mm thick, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 39
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 65 hours
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes, oscillating weight with a rose gold insert
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, power reserve
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 15.64 mm
Dial: Black, skeletonized
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black alligator leather strap on double folding buckle (20.00 mm)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective