Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches
The unique styling and distinctive manufacturing techniques displayed in Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre watches place it amongst the upper echelons of watchmaking elegance. A highly sought-after and well-respected collection that perfectly merges functionality, artistry, and quality. A genuine revolution in terms of precision, this should be high on the list of anybody who appreciates the fine art of timepiece creation.
The Story of Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches
Taking inspiration from birds, the innovative dual-wing concept of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre brings to life two independent mechanisms that are united by a single regulating part. This particular principle of movement architecture completely defines the watch’s appearance. Each timepiece in the collection has parallel, symmetrical displays. While this is not uncommon in the world of haute horlogerie, it is never usually the sole raison d’etre for an entire collection.
Normally, luxury timepieces are built on the principle of cooperation. The regulating organ, barrel and gear train in between all work together providing the timepiece with energy and accurate timekeeping. The Duomètre does not work like this, instead featuring two independent barrels that are wound by a single crown. Each part drives a different part of the movement, with the underlying idea being that every function has its own uninterrupted power supply — thereby guaranteeing the accuracy of its timekeeping.
The first model that was released is by far the rarest. Named the Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie, it used to be called the Hybris Mechanica before this name was given its own range. The timepiece is one of the most complex in the history of watchmaking, boasting 55 separate complications. One of the two barrels for the time functions (hour, perpetual calendar etc), with the other controlling a grande sonnerie with four gongs that sound the Westminster Chimes.
Other important technical features include a moon phase, which gives the age of the moon in both hemispheres as well as jumping seconds. Meanwhile, the Duomètre Unique Travel Time features a GMT complication with two side-by-side dials, one of which contains jumping hours. In addition, the Duomètre à Sphérotourbillon boasts a retrograde calendar and a regulator with a tourbillon that oscillates at a 20° incline. As a bonus, it also features a unique stop-seconds function that works completely independently of the tourbillon.
The ideal addition to any collection, Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre watches are considered by watch experts and enthusiasts alike to be a true masterpiece worthy of reverence.
A Revolutionary Concept
Watchmaking innovation and masterful workmanship are effortlessly combined in the form of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre. Its distinguishing feature is the JLC Calibre 381, which uses two separate energy sources — a concept that is reflected in its name. The first source is allocated to the precise chronograph function, and is regulated by the balance and escapement. Meanwhile, the other source powers the watch’s display functions, which can be the hours, minutes, seconds, calendar, and moon phase displays for both hemispheres — depending on the particular model in question.
The inclusion of two separate power sources enables the timepiece to operate extremely complex complications. Meanwhile, the concept of duality is clearly reflected in the design, which features two decentralised dials. This allows for instant-recognisability, allowing Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre to easily stand out from the crowd. If you are a lover of incredible statement pieces, the Duomètre is one you need to be aware of.
Watchmaking at its Finest
Jaeger-LeCoultre has a longstanding reputation for creating exceptional timepieces that demand attention. Much like the Reverso, the Duomètre is the personification of watchmaking excellence. It combines cutting-edge technology and artistic design to create an absolute masterpiece that discerning gentlemen and ladies can enjoy.
Perhaps one of the most unique concepts in all of haute horlogerie, the Duomètre offers style and substance in equal measures. Boasting complex mechanisms such as the Sphérotourbillon, the Duomètre is the ideal addition to anyone’s collection and deserves to be closely admired at all times.