Watches And Wonders 2024: Jaeger-LeCoultre's First Duometre Quantieme Lunaire In Steel

Watches And Wonders 2024: Jaeger-LeCoultre's First Duometre Quantieme Lunaire In Steel

THM Desk
9 Apr 2024 |
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When it comes to perpetually reinventing the boundaries of precision timekeeping, few manufactures can hold a candle to the mastery of Jaeger-LeCoultre. They have relentlessly pushed the limits of mechanical ingenuity since 1833, a fact clearly evidenced by their remarkable 1,400 calibres and 430 patents to date. Even among such rarefied brands, the Duometre collection stands apart as a technical tour de force. And this time at Watches And Wonders 2024, the Manufacture has released the first Duometre Quantieme Lunaire in steel.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire


Released in 2007, the revolutionary Duometre concept was Jaeger-LeCoultre's ingenious solution to a vexing problem - the way a complication's energy-sapping disrupts the perfect regularity of the timekeeping's power delivery. By devising two separate power sources - one driving the timekeeping, the other the complications - both united through a single regulating organ, the Duometre ensures uncompromised precision unfettered by the energy drain of its high complications. It was an inventive masterstroke that heralded a new era for the manufacture.

“Precise to the smallest detail, the Duomètre pushes the boundaries of what is possible. It is a watch for those who appreciate the exceptional”, says Lionel Favre, Head Of Design.

In my opinion, the Duometre is watchmaking at its most admirable - taking an age-old challenge and introducing an original solution through lateral thinking and technical virtuosity. It epitomizes the Jaeger-LeCoultre tradition of melding historic savoir-faire with a future-minded philosophy. Each exquisite Duometre iteration celebrates this delicate balance exquisitely.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire Crown

The first Duometre in steel

The new Duometre Quantieme Lunaire is a brilliant modern reinterpretation of this iconic collection. For the first time ever, the ingenious dual-wing caliber is offered in a stainless steel case, while retaining all the refined haute horlogerie details that make Duometre pieces so captivating.

On the wrist, the 42.5mm case is a tactile delight, inspired by Jaeger-LeCoultre's 19th-century savonnette pocket watches with wonderfully rounded contours. The multiple finishes - polished, brushed, sandblasted - interplay mesmerizingly with the light. A true pleasure to handle and admire. The deep blue opaline dial is similarly a masterclass in precision aesthetic design. Sunrays, opaline glows, applied details - the decorative techniques dazzle without overwhelming. Harmonious symmetry reigns, with the moon phase, date, and my personal favorite, the entrancing second foudroyante taking center stage. That whirling 1/6th secondhand is absolutely hypnotic.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire Bezel

Turning over this elegant creation reveals the full splendor of the 374-component openworked Calibre 381 in all its immaculately hand-finished glory. Those sweeping sunrayed Geneva stripes across the bridges are simply breathtaking. I can only imagine the painstaking human effort by Jaeger-LeCoultre's elite artisans to achieve such perfection.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire Movement

For connoisseurs, collectors, and casual admirers alike, the Duometre collection encapsulates everything we adore about Haute Horlogerie. It's a manifestation of bold ideas, centuries of savoir-faire, and unwavering devotion to achieving the utmost in precision timekeeping - created purely for the passionate pursuit of perfection. Jaeger-LeCoultre's new Duometre Quantieme Lunaire embodies this noble tradition with a refreshingly contemporary twist.