By Ryan Walsh
While everyone is busy reporting the newest watches being introduced at SIHH (watches that won’t be available for sale on the world market for months to come), we want to take a minute and tell you about some of last year’s SIHH introductions that finally have arrived in stores – so you can race right out and see and touch these babies.
Finally, the three timepieces released last year by Jaeger-LeCoultre – in cooperation with the 100-year-old Aston Martin – are here. They feature many fine-tuned high-performance components for which both the automotive and watch industries are known. One of the more impressive timepieces – one we really love, is the AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet. In my opinion, this is one of the best combinations of these two brands thanks to the innovative materials and the chronograph function for
timing. The case of this watch is made of reinforced cermet, a revolutionary composite made of an aluminum core and strengthened with particles of ceramic. It is then coated with a 40 micron-thick protective ceramic layer for strength and sleek looks. The watch offers world time indication via a city disk on the inner bezel and the chronograph is amazingly readable. It is powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 752, beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The high performance watch is finished with a black calfskin strap with red stitching and just 500 pieces will be made, each retailing for $22,200.
Also a superb blend of both brands, the Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Aston Martin features a dial made to look like the grille of an Aston Martin. The hands illuminate, just like the gauges inside the cockpit of an
Aston Martin. Equipped with date indication, as well as world time display and an alarm, the watch is exceptionally useful and easy to read. Powered by the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 912 with 315 components, it is an elaborate movement, and is equipped with a compressor key that further enhances the watch’s water resistant by over compressing one of the crown’s four gaskets. The 46.3mm watch case is crafted of sophisticated shock-absorbing titanium and stainless steel case. It retails for a cool $17,800.