Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials Watch Releases

Unless you’re just now waking up from a coma, or have recently returned to civilization after an extended stay on a desert island, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre line isn’t new. Having been launched in 2007, the Duomètre is roughly as new a concept as the iPhone. Over the past decade, JLC has developed the Duomètre into a successful platform for showcasing their creativity and mechanical prowess within the confines of a generally traditional, classically minded, and complicated wristwatch. As the next step in their evolution, JLC has made the small but very noticeable change of fitting a dark grey magnetite dial. Available on three classic Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre models in pink gold, the dark dial is a small change with a considerable effect.

If you are just checking in for the first time since 2007, please allow me to fill you in on the important stuff. The world has realized that The Black Eyed Peas are (and always were) the worst, a bunch of really excellent people have died, some news is fake and the rest is terrible. Also, buy a TV, watch season one of True Detective, then throw the TV away. Don’t bother with movies, they haven’t made anything better than Lost in Translation. Okay, you’re caught up, the rest is small details, like fitting a dark dial on a few lovely watches from JLC.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials Watch Releases

As with almost anything from JLC, it’s hard to argue with the appeal. While the white and delicately textured dials we know and love have a certain old-world look that accesses the visual literacy of vintage chronometers and seemingly ancient pocket watches, the transition to a matte grey magnetite dial bestows a new look that is hinged on contrast. The contrast between the hands, dial layout, and metal elements on the dial all pack a considerable punch. Legibility is aided and, even for someone who may not love gold watches (me), the dark-grey on pink gold is a a subtle and confident look for a dressy watch.

The three newly darkened models are the wondrous Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Spherotourbillon, the classic Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire, and the clever Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe. We've covered all three models in the past, but a refresher never hurts. All three models are 42mm wide and feature hand-wound mechanical movements based on Jaeger-LeCoultre's Dual Wing Concept. As the Duomètre name would suggest, "Dual Wing" is a movement design that opts for separated gear trains, each with its own mainspring (power reserve). It's essentially two movements in one watch, one for timekeeping and one for the complication. Using the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe as an example, this means that the functionality and mechanical requirements of the chronograph do not affect the accuracy of the main time display.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials Watch Releases

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe, using the JLC calibre 380, offers time, a 12-hour chronograph, a 1/6th of a second jumping measure, and a power reserve for each barrel (one for time, one for the chronograph). The Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire uses the calibre 381 with full time, a seconds zero/reset function, date, moon phase, a 1/6th of a second jumping measure, and twin power reserves. Finally, we have the calibre 382-based Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Spherotourbillon, which as the name would suggest, features a beautifully animated spherical tourbillon. With time, twin power reserves, date, 24-hour time, and a push button seconds zero/reset function for the small seconds, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Spherotourbillon is not just a pretty face. In fact, all three look pretty great with a dark dial, no?

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Watches With Magnetite Grey Dials Watch Releases

A simple, almost insignificant change, but I think it gives this trio of Duomètres a welcome refresh. Magnetite or otherwise, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre is not a common everyday watch. Even for a brand that makes exclusively high-end watches, the Duomètre is something special, and the price reflects that. If you have to ask, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Chronographe has a price of AU$63,000, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire some AU$56,000, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Spherotourbillon a coma-inducing €222,000. jaeger-lecoultre.com

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  • Marius

    Can someone please explain me why this article quotes the prices in Australian Dollars? That’s rather bizarre. Are these watches made as a limited edition for The Entity; The Pontiff AC3? Archie Luxury works for a waste-management plant in Brisbane, Australia, so maybe the idea was to create a grey dial just for him. uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c87e48d15cc978f784a467d11a3e670f32e83e9350cef01da0a1ba908fc0eab.jpg

    • Berndt Norten

      I think he lost that job a long time ago.

      • Lose a job, gain a social disease. It all evens out over time. Circle of life!

      • Marius

        Ahem! The Pontiff didn’t “loose” that job. The Pontiff QUIT that job. He was surrounded by nasty, vicious, foul-mouth punters, so he decided to leave.

    • Ah yes, the humble Aussie hundredaire.
      “That’s OK, bubber.”

      • IG

        Are you a relative of Archie? Siblings from the Luxury family?

        • No, I just take after him vis-à-vis mental faculties/impulse control.

    • “9-1-1, what’s your emergency?”

      “There’s a drunk fat guy with horns screaming ‘NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA BATMAN!’ at me.”

      “Stay on the line. Keep your distance and whatever happens, DON’T mention Mimi-T. We’ll be right there.”

    • ??????
  • That dial and case colour combo is killer – about the only form that I prefer warmer toned metals to the colder. Deploy it with the Duometre a Chrono and we are charting a course around the cape of Good Lord, and plain sailing to the hidden ports of Grail-land.

    • DanW94

      Careful, many men have attempted to sail that same route only to be swept over the treacherous Bankrupt Falls….

  • srs144

    Pure deliciousness. Wow.

  • I guess only the market knows whether a certain color combination is “right”, but I don’t like this rose or pink gold/gray dial/dark brown strap combo. But that’s coming from somebody who doesn’t much like rose or pink gold and who thinks that The Black Eyed Peas had an OK song or two.

  • I have no idea what i’m looking at — but I like it!

  • IG

    The Times Roman or Times Romanish numerals make me puke and the text kerning is pathetic. Since 2004 the typographic quality of JLC dials is shite. The grey dial with gold is nice though.

    • SuperStrapper

      You just did.

    • IG

      Michelangelo must be rolling in his grave, 60 times per hour.

    • Marius

      ABTW meets Janis Trading.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      There was a watch, I think a decade ago, that used both finger as time indicators.

    • Joel Schumann

      Now, after the Tiffany controversy, that’s a proper ripoff. Where’s the resident lawyer to cry foul!

      • Well, Michelangelo’s personal lawyer died 400 or so years ago. I think JLC might get away with this one.
        Unless Yojimbo himself takes up the case, which means JLC is going to get DonkeyLimed. 🙂

  • SuperStrapper

    Despite how cool a spherotourbillion is, the coolest duometre be like https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/980fc58fddac099358635e2516f63499a5c596d53ddf7b86d5294d1978cfd58b.jpg

    • IG

      The same shite typography. It has bigger gap in the ’12’ than between Vanessa Paradis’ teeth.

      • SuperStrapper

        Oh shit: did I go and give my opinion instead of yours? Dammit, I’ll have to remember to get better there.

        Regardless, the watch is beautiful, and I wouldn’t believe you if you said you wouldn’t bang Georgia May Jagger.

  • Larry Holmack

    Now this is the type of watch I like….Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Quantième Lunaire!!! C’mon Lotto numbers!!! I’d purchase this one in a heart beat!!!

    • But they don’t make them 81mm large.

      • Larry Holmack

        Well…if I won the Powerball Lottery…I’d just buy 2 and wear them side-by-side!! LOL

  • Sevenmack

    Stunning and gorgeous. Enough said.

  • Pierre Savard

    The price in Australian dollars is quite useful but I would suggest you consider the Nepalese Rupee next time. That watch is awesome and I’ll get one if/when I win the Katmandu lottery.

    • ??????

      Why not use Tanzanian Shilling?

      • Or some Vietnamese dong.

        • ??????

          1 vietnamese dong 🙂

          • Do you like Vietnamese Noodle Westerns? Like ‘A Fistful of Dongs’ and ‘For A Few Dongs More’ and ‘The Good Dong, The Bad Dong, and The Ugly Dong’?

          • ??????

            My favorites are ‘The Magnificent Seven Dongs’ and ‘The Wild Dong’

          • I’m partial to ‘The Dongs of the Sierra Madre’ ‘Dong to Alaska’ and ‘The Dong Ranger’.

          • ??????

            How about ‘A Million Ways to Dong in the West’, ‘Jane got a Dong’, ‘Red Dong’ or ‘Dances with Dongs’?

          • And we have a winner…

          • john coleman

            or ‘Ding f**kin’ Dong’!

          • SuperStrapper

            I was into the old westerns for a bit, but I’ve been stuck on martial arts flicks for a while. Last night was crouching dong, hidden balls.

          • The Crying Game?

          • SuperStrapper

            You mean The Crying Dong?

            They make pills for that.

          • As they do for Chronic Dry Dong.

          • SuperStrapper

            Almost as bad as a sandy vagina, that.

          • Or a Cartier Must de Vagier…those are the worst. The watches too.

          • SuperStrapper

            Musty vagina? You’ve met my old roommates girlfriend I see.

          • The Crying On The Inside Dong, however…hard to diagnose.

          • SuperStrapper

            If it burns when you cry, it’s a good indication.

  • GalaxyGuy

    Just love them all, but I am especially fond of the moon phase version. Now back to reality…

  • ??????

    Royal combination of colors

  • benjameshodges

    JLC is really lacking the innovation that Jerome Lambert inspired.

  • Fran69

    would be stunning in platinum or matt ceramic black with a black leather strap

  • Fiona Walker

    Aussie dollars, yay! Thanks James. Loving the moonphase version. The grey is a bit monotonous without that pop of bright blue.

  • Shinytoys

    JLC produces some of the best wrist porn that I have ever laid my eyes on.

  • Ulysses31

    No it’s not new but DAMN does it look good AF.