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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 7 Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 7 Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre announces the seventh version of their Aston Martin automobile collaboration watches with the AMVOX 7 Chronograph. It marks eight years of working together with the auto maker on a watch which began with the kitschy idea of having a function that allows you to lock and unlock your Aston Martin car with a luxury watch. Moving forward, the AMVOX collection has become more of a Jaeger-LeCoultre racing themed sport timepiece range. The AMVOX collection has been one I am keenly aware of because if there is anything I like better than a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, it is a modern looking sport Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. I don’t love all the AMVOX family timepieces, but the new 7 is certainly a good looker.

There are a couple of really cool features on the JLC AMVOX 7 Chronograph watch. First is the chronograph which uses the crystal as the chronograph pushers. This feature was actually introduced in 2005, but I like it better in the AMVOX 7. Here is how it works. First you’ll see a lever on the left side of the watch case. That locks or unlocks the chronograph triggers under the crystal. Locked, the crystal will not move. With the chronograph unlocked you press on the top of the crystal near 12 o’clock to start and stop the chronograph, while a press at 6 o’clock acts as the reset pusher. While this feature is destined to attract a lot of fingerprints, it is a damn neat system.


Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 7 Watch Watch Releases

The chronograph is a full 12 hour timer with disc-style counters that are really easy to read (given the overall look of the face). Yes, the dial is busy, but the design is very contemporary and international in its feel. It almost feels like an homage to modern cities as a whole. The mixture of symmetrical design elements along with little peeks into the mechanical movement are brilliant. While I might not want to wear a watch like this while trying to relax on an empty beach, the erratic design feels very sporty and purposeful – I like it. Kudos to the small, but important inclusion of the Aston Martin logo in a way that feels natural. People buy a watch like this because it is a Jaeger-LeCoultre, not as a car tie-in timepiece (even though certain design elements on the watch are meant to resemble elements form the Aston Martin Vanquish car).

A new feature is what Jaeger-LeCoultre calls their “radial power reserve display.” 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. The video will give you more details on how it works. This is all part of the new in-house made Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 756 automatic movement with 65 hours of power reserve, the above indicated complications, as well as the date.

The AMVOX 7 Chronograph watch case is in titanium and is 44mm wide. It is a bit thick at 15.64mm, but that is common to the collection. The mixture of titanium metal, black, and red elements really appeal to me. The case is new for the AMVOX range and the detail look impressive. I enjoy the newly designed crown as well (though it looks a bit sharp). I complained to Jaeger-LeCoultre less than a week ago about how I wanted them to release more sport watches, especially things like the Extreme Lab 2 (hands-on here) that I continue to have a love affair with. Apparently someone was listening. Look for the new Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 7 Chronograph watch to be commercially released sometime in December 2012 or January 2013. Price for the AMVOX 7 Chronograph in titanium (there might be gold versions as well) is $26,000.

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 7 Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 7 Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX7 Chronograph Technical Specs:

– Mechanical automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 756, crafted, assembled and decorated by
– 28,800 vibrations per hour
– 65-hour power reserve
– 335 parts
– 39 jewels
– 7.39 mm thick
– hours, minutes
– date
– vertically-triggered chronograph: hour and minute counters, central seconds
– radial power reserve
– movement operating indicator at 6 o’clock
– black openworked
– applied numerals with white/blue SLN
– anthracite grey chronograph counters
– grille: representing the radiator grilles of Aston Martin Vanquish cars
– Aston Martin logo on the inner bezel ring
– Date at 6 o’clock
– Power-reserve indication on the inner bezel ring
– H/M : rhodiumed, and enhanced with white superluminova, lengthwise brushed
– Operating indicator at 6 o’clock
– 2 red lacquered hour and minute counter markers
– Red lacquered chronograph seconds hand
– ø 44 mm, grade 5 titanium
– thickness 15.64mm
– Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin logos engraved on the case-back
– convex sapphire crystal
– water-resistant to 50 metres
Wristband and buckle:
– interchangeable wristband
– black calfskin
– 20 mm folding clasp
Reference: 194 T4 70 (194T470) aka ref. Q194T470

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  • JoeWelke

    A lovely thing. I like the power reserve it doctors that descend from F to E, as on the gauge of a car. The crystal-activation of the chronograph function is a nice gimmick, I doubt fingerprints will be much of an issue simply because it won’t be used too often. The design is a bit busy but the time is instantly readable thanks to the well designed hands. Great watch.
    The most important question: can it still unlock your DBS or Vanquish?

    • No, the latest AMVOX models don’t have that electronic feature anymore. Probably for the better given current touchless car key technology.

  • village idiot

    Sorry, but I’ll stay with my aviation style (blind man’s watch).  I do wish i had the luxury of time to be able to spend thirty seconds to figure out the time of day.  Reversos are cool too, but if I was going to do something really physical like polo playing (?)  or chopping wood, Uh..Uh. My watch comes off.  If i really want a beater watch plenty to had for under twenty.  Greenbacks that is not, thousands.

  • Kris C

    Super sweet. I disagree that the AM logo looks natural, I don’t like it but understand its need. The crystal pushers are still cool, but I just prefer traditional chrono activation. I like the look of pushers on the case, which is also why I’m not a fan of monopushers.
    Of high interest to me is the colour of the titanium. Even polished Ti has that titanium colour to it, are we sure this is not some type of alloy?
    Anyway, put it on my wrist, I like. I’d like much more with a colourway other than red though.

    • nateb123

      Kris C Depends on the grade of titanium.  I forget the numbering system (I think this is Grade 1) but this is the same grade used on the new blue Planet Oceans which are barely distinguishable from their steel counterparts.  Then there is that much more gray, industrial looking titanium (I think Grade 4).  The Speedmaster HB-SIA uses this as well as a lot of boutique divers.

  • HawaiianHorology

    I like the modern look of this watch.  Very contemporary.
    Too bad the size is also very contemporary.  44 is a bit big for me as well as the 15mm height.
    Were I a bigger boned guy, this would be a fantastic sports watch.
    Perhaps even make an older man more youthful?

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