The Special Edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox 75:45 am
On the 8th anniversary of one of the most powerful partnerships in the watch industry, an innovation was born that brought an inspiring change to how we look at chronographs. Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin revolutionised the watch mechanism by bringing the simplicity of a touch to the chronograph complication. The 7th version of the Amvox Chronograph gave life to the far sighted idea of having a function that allows you to lock and unlock your Aston Martin with a watch. How did they do it you ask? For the first time Jaeger-LeCoultre made a chronograph watch that used the crystal as the chronograph pushers.
Video Courtesy: Jaeger-LeCoultre
The JLC Amvox 7 is a modern looking sports watch that is light weight and undeniably chic. It combines the design inventiveness of Aston Martin cars along with the precision of a Swiss time teller. The light weight titanium case gives the watch a sophisticated, modern appeal, much like the stylish cars. In line with the Aston Martin Vanquish, the dial imitates the grill pattern on the radiator and is a very evident feature.
The unique chronograph function on the dial is one of the coolest aspects of the watch. For a motor sport enthusiast, the simplicity with which the functionality works is what gives the watch its edge and a must have appeal. The crystal touch feature was first introduced in 2005 but was perfected in this version of the Amvox. Here is how it works. A lever on the left side of the watch case allows you to lock or unlock the chronograph trigger. Once unlocked, you can press the crystal near 12 o’clock to start the chronograph and then the crystal at 6 o’clock to stop the function. To understand the functionality better you can watch the video below.
Video Courtesy: Jaeger-LeCoultre
The chronograph sub-dial is a full 12 hour indicator with disc-style timers, that has amazing readability. The contemporary design is a mixture of symmetry and fine detailing. The look is extremely sporty and is perfect for a day out at the circuit.
To make the watch more apt to the motor sport theme a new feature of “radial power display” has been added to the Amvox 7. It uses twin red strips on the top of the dial which are placed into the chapter ring. These curved linear indicators recede as the power goes down. This is all part of the new in-house made Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 756 automatic movement.
The watch case of 44mm is made in a light weight mixture of titanium and steel. The dial has interesting black and red highlights which look highly impressive. It has a power reserve of 68 hours and has hands pointing at rhodium, enhanced with white Super-LumiNova and lengthwise brushed Arabic numerals. The watch features a date display window at 6 o’clock. It is water resistant upto 50m and is moulded with a black calfskin leather strap with a 20mm folding clasp. The watch also incorporates lugs in the shape of a monobloc construction that enables improved integration of the strap. The crown has undergone a similar evolution: also integrated into the case, that offers the two-fold advantage of an easier grip and more accurate handling.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox 7 is a very clever piece of machinery that incorporates the best of both the brands. Its launch was one of the biggest events in the world of horology and till date is known as the watch that revolutionised the meaning of a “chronograph”.
By Disha Birdie
Sr. Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A budding writer and watch enthusiast with a passion for discovering Swiss watchmaking know-how.