Some thoughts on the Jaeger Lecoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire, White Gold / Black Dial.

Jun 08, 2021,06:17 AM
 


It has been a very long time since I saw this Duomètre in the metal, several years, for sure. 

I must confess that it is not my favorite version, as the one which stole my heart is the 40, 5 mm white gold version / Enamel, which I find supremely exquisite, not to say precious. 


Though the white gold / black dial has a lot of charm and appeal, and we'll see that in the details. 

First of all, I also have to say that the QL is my third favorite Duomètre. My champion is the Chronograph, because it is the first one, the one which inaugurated the concept of the " Dual Wind ", the two barrels and their own gear trains feeding the time and another complication. The Duometre was made for the Chronograph, at least this is what I think.

Here, the chronograph and the QL movements, side by side: 


My second favorite is the Unique Travel Time, for its superb and friendly complication, expressed in a sophisticated way. 


The QL is the most intellectual of these three. Why? Because, as I said many times, it is wrongly named, in my opinion. Indeed, one barrel feeds the time, the moon phase and the date, while, which is a big difference from the two others, the second barrel is dedicated to the balance wheel, offering a constant amplitude to the movement. It should have been called Duomètre à Chronometer, then, which is very fine for me.

Moreover, the moon phase is here for aesthetics, more than for the complication in itself, as it is accurate to one day every two years and a half, when a Duometre à Spherotourbillon Moon is accurate to one day each 3800 years! 

The QL is an intellectual watch, which doesn't mean it is not bewitching. I find the choice of a black dial adds an indisputable " cool factor " to this watch, bringing, also, a nice contrast with the very nice moon phase, while the enamel plays the card of an extreme elegance. 


And, as with every QL, you have these 2 second hands, the " diablotine " which gives one sixth of a second indication and a central second, both being resettable to zero through the crown, which is one of the big specificities of this watch. 


As for the movement, it is always a pleasure to spend some time admiring it. Made of german silver, nicely decorated and not badly finished, this is the kind of opus we would more often see. 


Now, the other reason why the white gold enamel is my favorite is that the white gold black dial is too close to my beloved chronograph. I would have the feeling I have " two of the same " even though some would rightly say that in a thematic way, owning the black pair is tempting. 


Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,

Best.

Nicolas


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Agree on many not all points

 
 By: Jurry : June 8th, 2021-06:30
I agree with for 95%: * the moon phase complication is one that, regardless of how beautiful it is, actually defeats the purpose of the duometre concept (or at least his I understand that concept) * in general terms I like a moon phase in many watches, it... 

True you correct as ever.

 
 By: Jurry : June 12th, 2021-19:20
Perhaps it’s more sentiment then anything else. But I just like the WG Chrono black face

Amazing pieces all of these

 
 By: keks : June 8th, 2021-06:53
My personal preference goes to the chrono and the white enamel... hard to decide on what order as both offer character that each is quite attractive... one sportier and one supremely elegant... one of each would be ideal

Hehehe!

 
 By: amanico : June 8th, 2021-14:42

😉👍🙏

 
 By: holdemchamp1225 : June 8th, 2021-18:25

;)

 
 By: amanico : June 22nd, 2021-06:09

DONT WE ALL?

 
 By: Sebi : June 22nd, 2021-07:44
😁😁😁

Devil inside !

 
 By: Alfihar : June 22nd, 2021-16:10

LOL!

 
 By: amanico : June 22nd, 2021-16:22

Yes!

 
 By: amanico : June 22nd, 2021-09:28

Merci, mon ami.

 
 By: amanico : June 8th, 2021-11:13

There was a grey dialled rose gold one a few years back

 
 By: ifraher : June 8th, 2021-11:19
Really nice combination but felt the cut outs in the bottom half above 4/5 7/8 were unnecessary. Great watch, would love a steel version to bring it in range for me but I know that is unlikely, or perhaps a properly tech'd out version rather than the curr... 

So Good

 
 By: ifraher : June 8th, 2021-23:50
Actually seeing it again the apertures don't bother me as much

😍

 
 By: Sebi : June 8th, 2021-18:56
Count me in.

That makes two of us!

 
 By: amanico : June 8th, 2021-21:46

Nice pair mon ami 😉. The owner is certainly a lucky guy 😜. As for the WG enamel dial, had a chance to get it dirt cheap but passed...

 
 By: holdemchamp1225 : June 8th, 2021-14:40
We already discussed this when we were together. I WILL add a few more Duometre pieces and maybe 1 or 2 more top level JLC pieces but then I will be done with JLC until they can prove to me that they are making efforts to move in the right direction. Thes... 

Super nice piece here from JLC.

 
 By: cory : June 8th, 2021-20:44
Oh how beautiful all of the these Duometres are... maybe soon we might see something new and exciting added to the Duomtre family. It is about time.

Let's hope so!

 
 By: amanico : June 8th, 2021-21:41

Interesting…

 
 By: Alfihar : June 9th, 2021-04:18
You know my love for JLC and particularly for Duometre…. And black dials too. As I already had:have a chrono… the black moon phase could be a great addition 😬. Will see today if I fall in love…. Probably maybe… or not. The idea to have the pair is cool bu... 

I’m weak 😬

 
 By: Alfihar : June 11th, 2021-05:19

This kind one

 
 By: Alfihar : June 11th, 2021-08:03
😬 ...  

Clearly!

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2021-08:06