For its 2014 Collection, Jaeger-LeCoultre created a new version of its Duomètre Unique Travel Time timepiece which is crafted in beautifully polished pink gold. While new material makes it look even more stylish than a white gold version, its inner-work preserved a high-end mechanism of the previous model. Like all timepieces from the famous Duomètre collection, this novelty is based on the “dual-wing” concept that allows completely independent adjustments of the second time-zone minute hand, which consequently leads to the great accuracy. The refined design of the watch highlighted by a beautiful globe is close to the aesthetic perfection.
New Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique Travel Time watch is a true horological masterpiece in every possible sense. First of all, it houses a stunning in-house JLC Calibre 383 that provides both advanced functionality and aesthetic delight. The thing about this hand-winding mechanism is that it implements the “dual-wing” concept, which means that it uses one escapement, but two completely separated operating gear trains and two barrels, both wound by the same crown. The first one powers the mechanism for the local time display and the second barrel supplies a mechanism for the second time zone display. Each of them has a power-reserve up to 50 hours. The advantage of this system is in the great accuracy of one display which is not affected by the adjustments of the other one.
The single crown is used for adjustment of all hands. In the position 1, it sets the minute hand of the travel-time display, located at the 9 o’clock position. In the position 2, the crown sets the local time. Finally, in the neutral position, it winds the mechanism. Since there is a pusher which is separately used to set jumping hours of the travel-time display, you can keep the perfect accuracy of the watch while changing time zones. At the 6 o’clock position, you can see a world map surrounded by the time-zone and the day/night indications. It is synchronized with the travel time.
Aesthetically, the mechanism also meets the highest standards. Revealed through the sapphire crystal case-back, it exhibits its hand-chamfered bridges, wheels (snailed or softened) and a gear train, all adorned with polished troughs. This style of the movement decoration is inspired by the impressive tradition of creating pocket watches. The rim of the case-back is engraved with names of cities corresponding to 24 time zones.
The case of Duomètre Unique Travel Time watch is made of pink gold with the diameter of 42 mm. It perfectly matches a stylish brown leather strap.