Jaeger Lecoultre Duomètre à Chronographe: 4th Anniversary.

Dec 26, 2020,02:07 AM

If there is a watch which is among my favorite, with the " keeper " status, the Jaeger Lecoultre Duomètre à Chronographe certainly is one of them, one of the ten watches, all brands included, which will probably stay with me forever. 

The Duometre is a special watch which had a lot of wrist time, during this special year. That was my " lockdown " watch, with a few other Jaeger Lecoultre, just to keep in touch with the world, with Passion, with horology and fine horology, in a time you are necessarily centered to yourself. A very good medication against moroseness, the watch which brings Pleasure in a moment when Pleasures of all kinds are forbidden.

Well, as you know, this Duometre has been with me for the last four years, but I had another one, as soon as 2008, which I had to replace as I lost it in 2011. I felt the pleasure of its presence, the miss of its absence, the excitement of the reunion, well, in all cases, an immense love for this very fine chronograph.

So you can imagine that Time doesn't kill the Duometre. On the contrary, Time feeds my love for that Chronograph. 

Unveiled at the SIHH in yellow gold, rose gold and platinum in 2007, it came in white gold a few years after. The dial layout is the same since day one, with, basically, the choice between the partially open ( which I never liked ) and the plain dial. 

When I look at it, I have a hard time realizing that it is 13 years old! The dial? It is very much my taste, a superb blend of tradition, modernity and elegance.

The movement? A milestone in terms of high horology, originality ( with its dual wind concept ) decoration and refinement. Unique. The finishings could be better, I agree, but look at what the other so called prestigious brands offer at that level of price... Jaeger Lecoultre cannot be ashamed of the Duomètre.

The case? Well, that is the part of the watch which may be improved. In 2007, the case was ok, when you compared it to the Master Cases. Please keep in mind that in 2007, the Master Grande Tradition line didn't exist, yet, and that cases were, for me at least, the weak point from JLC. A weak point they worked on, since then. So, the Duometre was a big improvement, in terms of case. Nowadays, things have changed, for the better, about the cases. And now, the case seems to be outdated. They can do better, now, and they have to. 

Still, I like it as it is. Ok maybe I like it so much that I am a bit blind about its case. 

Here are the pictures I saved for this fourth anniversary, to celebrate it. 

I have a wish, now. Please Jaeger Lecoultre, please, write new chapters of the Duometre book. We dream about that, we need that! 



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 By: Gelato Monster : December 26th, 2020-02:19
If I may say this one is better color match to you (it is got more confident and trustworthy as well as heritage feel) , than the lost white dial.

i think so too

 By: Gelato Monster : December 26th, 2020-18:00

Merci, GM.

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2020-23:46

Without doubt... a great watch...

 By: W72 : December 26th, 2020-03:01
A watch that shows the true horological giant that Jaeger LeCoultre is....

Exactly, my friend.

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2020-13:22

I’ve always loved this one Nico!

 By: NoH : December 26th, 2020-04:29
Great to see you give it the wrist time it deserves! All the best, Niall

Superb Nico , a very keeper

 By: tombub : December 26th, 2020-04:31
Me too, 4 years yesterday... I like it more and more. ...  

You made me laugh ;-)

 By: Alfihar : December 26th, 2020-04:37

I like your second Duomètre much more

 By: MTR : December 26th, 2020-04:39
than your first (lost) version. And I don't understand what your problem is with the case? It's a very beautiful watch with a mesmerizing dial, a stunning movement and encased in a beautiful case. I wouldn't change anything about it. Nothing at all. I wis... 

Merci beaucoup, mon ami.

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2020-14:07

Spectacular watch! One of a kind with lots of character!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 26th, 2020-05:02

Truly. Thanks, Chronometer.

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2020-14:07

My pleasure dear Nicolas!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 26th, 2020-14:17

The love seems to be shared both ways

 By: sery.vlk : December 26th, 2020-05:32
since in a way, she chose to return to you .-)

Nicely put.

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2020-14:07

Simply beautiful..

 By: Echi : December 26th, 2020-05:38
When you say the case is outdated, do you mean too plain?

In the shape and proportions, in my opinion.

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2020-14:07
No message body

A watch with 2 brains

 By: Cookies : December 26th, 2020-05:38
It is one of my grails too, which I hope to have one day. This piece is a thinking man’s piece. I can imagine you would fiddle with the chrono while thinking...or admire the movement each night before sleeping. The guilty pleasures of owning such a magnif... 

Which would you pick?

 By: Cookies : December 27th, 2020-02:01
If you had a budget of US$38k for a dressier piece in precious metal and leather strap. Could you recommend me some please? I need some ideas. My current wishlist in this range are: 1) ALS Up/Down 2) Rolex Cellini moonphase 3) FPJ Chronometre bleu Thanks ... 

Thanks Nico

 By: Cookies : December 27th, 2020-03:05
I’ll read abt it now


 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-10:17

Can you recommend me a few more Holdenchamp

 By: Cookies : December 27th, 2020-14:50
I think you and I have very similar taste. Something below $38k usd. I’m still scratching my head. The FPJ CB has eluded me and it is jawdroppingly lovely. Warm Regards, Mike

Ah yes!

 By: Cookies : December 28th, 2020-14:00
I would prefer a 3 handed piece. The rest is an open criteria for a dressier piece. Called the AD yesterday and got waitlisted for the FPJ chronometre bleu. Thing is, the price is AUD$40k now which seems inflated again.

Thanks so much

 By: Cookies : December 29th, 2020-19:08
I have reached the point where my wife is eyeing every purchase like an alpine eagle. The purchase will have to be as stealthy as possible.

If I could only keep 10 ! (Paraphrasing of course)

 By: Jay (Eire) : December 26th, 2020-06:03
Haha. We understand you when many wouldn’t. For modern watches I think this is the first watch I associated with you, first one that comes into my mind. Do you think it’s time to re-engineer the entire movement or just to change up the presentation (case,... 

Great watch, great post!

 By: Moana43 : December 26th, 2020-07:26

Merci, Moana.

 By: amanico : December 26th, 2020-23:51

Thank you for sharing this lovestory, Nicolas. This post really helps

 By: Reuven Malter : December 26th, 2020-07:37
People to learn more about this piece and yet is very personal and emotional. I think its interesting that the dial looks different in each of your pictures, i like the dial on the shot with the red wine in particular. A fantastic movement is a clear bonu... 

Me too, Dear Bill. Thank you.

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-02:26

super cool

 By: keks : December 26th, 2020-09:27
this is a truly cool piece.... I have to agree, the slight weakness lies in the case as it is a bit too angular for its overall character in my opinion... on your wrist shots however that is not at all the case, looks superb! Enjoy!

Beautiful dial layout with an awesome movement!

 By: Seeks : December 26th, 2020-09:30
A top, top chronograph indeed! Warmest wishes

Superb Duomètre et ... belle déclaration !

 By: leopold : December 26th, 2020-10:45
I saw this version recently ...and found it superb !

Highly recommended.

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-02:29

Superb write-up mon ami. I agree with almost everything you wrote about this version of the Duometre à Chronographe, except the case. I actually like the case, although I do understand your point about design and maybe it could have been 40.5mm...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : December 26th, 2020-11:53
like the QL enamel dial version. At 40.5mm I think it would be perfect and I would not change a single thing but that is me being extremely picky. Regardless, this black dial variant is also one of my favorite watches in my collection and I thank you for ...  

Indeed, we have discussed this at length prior. I would love to add a Duometre Rattrapante at some point if JLC ever decides to make one...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : December 27th, 2020-10:42
No idea what other function they could make which would be coherent with the dualwing design? Maybe a Duometre Memovox but less interesting to me, or maybe a Duometre PPC since I think JLC has never made a PPC ? Now that would be amazing but probably a bi... 

Not so sure...

 By: amanico : December 29th, 2020-14:27

I hope we'll see that soon.

 By: amanico : December 29th, 2020-14:45


 By: holdemchamp1225 : December 29th, 2020-15:09

It looks like you’ve made some wonderful memories with this Duometre

 By: emcquillan : December 26th, 2020-17:54
Wishing you many more years of happiness with this gem on your wrist.

Happy 4th anniversary!

 By: Watcholic_id : December 26th, 2020-20:08
Hope you will enjoy her in many years to come. And thanks for sharing this wonderful write up on your special day with her A real pleasure to read!

Love seeing all the pics of the Duometre out and about! The matte dial seems to almost go charcoal in some of the pics, very dynamic

 By: Fastwong : December 26th, 2020-20:22
As for the case, I quite like it but I do see how it could feel dated. That said, I think if JLC does continue to develop the Duometre in an exciting way without updating the case, that would be fine too. Then the case would become "classic" instead of da... 


 By: sirdavid : December 27th, 2020-04:22


 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-10:17


 By: Alfihar : December 27th, 2020-06:04

it brings bad luck, it seems ... ;-)

 By: Alfihar : December 27th, 2020-10:25
Unless the owner of this superb duometre gives it to me at a low low price ... ;-) ROLF

Dr Mamadou, the Midas king

 By: Alfihar : December 27th, 2020-11:02
Specialist for aAlpine without rims, tyres and batteries . ...  


 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-11:04

We'll see... ;)

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-11:04

A powerful african Vlad. ;)

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-11:04

Dr Mamadou, désenvoutèrent, fortune rapide, retour de l’être aimé sous 24 heures, duometre à foisons....

 By: Alfihar : December 27th, 2020-10:41
Dr Mamadou, disenchanted, quick fortune, return of the loved one within 24 hours, duometer galore .... 😂😂😂

LOl, I am so confused 😂🤣🤪

 By: holdemchamp1225 : December 27th, 2020-10:49

Ask your wife. :)))))

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-11:05


 By: holdemchamp1225 : December 27th, 2020-13:21

That's it. ;)

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-22:31

You are in great shape!

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-11:05

How true.

 By: amanico : December 27th, 2020-11:12

I‘m totally convinced...

 By: p.boxster : December 29th, 2020-09:08
...a real great piece! Your pics made me looking for an example already and I think I will soon have one too. The dial seems to have many nice shades... All the best!

Hehehehe. Hell yes!

 By: amanico : December 29th, 2020-14:18