Jeager-LeCoultre presents a new version of the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 Transponder. A watch with which you can open and close your car, unfortunately only a Aston Martin. We at Watchinsight are sure this is the most expensive car-key at a price of 23.000 euro. But you will also get a nice Jaeger-LeCoultre Automatic Chronograph.
The first AMVOX chronograph was developed in 2006 in cooperation with Aston-Martin. Jaeger-LeCoultre developed an entirely unprecedented mechanism to activate the chronograph start, stop and reset functions. On this timepiece, the traditional push-pieces on the right side of the case are replaced by a lever on the left enabling an instant check as to whether the sapphire crystal watch glass is “active” or not. In the “locked” position, it is blocked in a central, neutral position; while in “unlocked” mode it can be tipped upwards or downwards in relation to a central horizontal axis. The chronograph start, stop and reset functions are activated by pivoting the watch glass towards 12 or 6 o’clock. To start the chronograph, the wearer tilts the glass by pressing the edge of the crystal at 12 o’clock, and stops it by repeating the same move and thus breaking off the current timing operation. Meanwhile, the central seconds hand as well as the 30-minute and 12-hour counters are reset by pressing the edge of the crystal at 6 o’clock. The whole process is simple, ingenious and intuitive. There is absolutely nothing to distract the wearer of an AMVOX2 when he wants to start the chronograph.
The ‘engine’ powering the AMVOX2 chronograph is Calibre 751E: a column-wheel driven, vertical-clutch movement developed and produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre, featuring a 65-hour power reserve and an index-free Swiss lever escapement. The watchmaker adjusts any variations in rate of the watch using four tiny screws placed around the rim of the balance. These screws enable him to spread the weight in a carefully targeted manner and to thereby rapidly compensate for any existing imbalance.
The major difference between the 2014 version of this timepiece and the original 2006 model lies in its remote lock/unlock function controlling the doors of an Aston Martin. For the new 2014 AMVOX2 Transponder, Jaeger-LeCoultre has integrated the remote lock/unlock function 2 which enables the wearer to control the doors of their Aston Martin within the watch case. Some may well recall that there were already certain AMVOX watches equipped with this function and that is indeed so, since Jaeger-LeCoultre had already developed the concept for the AMVOX DBS Transponder, AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder and AMVOX2 Rapide Transponder. However, these versions were thus named because they worked exclusively with the Aston Martin DBS, DB9 or Rapide cars – and not, like The new AMVOX2 Transponder is compatible with all current model range Aston Martins.
Nonetheless, this watch would not be a true Jaeger-LeCoultre if it did not offer a small yet remarkable distinctive feature. When the ‘heart’ of the AMVOX2 Transponder, Calibre 751E, is in operation and making its characteristic ticking sound, the logo can be seen spinning on its axis at the rate of once a minute in a small window at 6 o’clock. If it stops, that means the watch has also stopped.
• mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 751E
• frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
• 41 jewels
• 5.65 mm thick
• 280 parts
• 65-hour power reserve
• Hours, minutes, chronograph, operating indicator, date
• Chronograph vertical-trigger system activated by tilting the case
• Satin-brushed black and ruthenium
• Luminescent numerals and hour-markers
• Diameter 44 mm
• Sapphire crystal
• Water resistance: 5 bar
• Leather, satin-brushed steel folding clasp
Source Watchinsight and Jaeger-LeCoultre.