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Jaeger-Lecoultre fine chronographs. An assessment and a duty.

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Here we are talking about modern manual winding chronographs, which are outstanding from an horological point of view. 

Jaeger-Lecoultre came back with the Reverso Retrograde Chronograph, in rose gold, in 1996. To be precise, the minute are retrograde, here. 

Classic on the recto: 

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Spectacular on the verso: 

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The Cal 829, made in 14 Kt Rose Gold. 

Much more casual, the Reverso Gran Sport Chronograph has the same horological sophistication, with a less refined movement ( Cal 859 ) but which displays the minutes of the chronograph in a retrograde way, too.

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The Reverso Gran Sport Chronograph was issued in 2000. At the contrary of the Reverso Chronograph Retrograde in Rose gold, the Gran Sport was not a limited edition. 

Then we had the big champion of the category, one of our favorite Jaeger-Lecoultre and chronograph, all brands included, the famous Duomètre à Chronographe, born in 2007. 

Extremely elegant, refined, original, innovative, this watch has all the qualities to become a total Classic. A milestone.

You could choose your flavor, plain or open dial, yellow, rose or white gold, platinum, there is a Duometre à Chronograph fro every taste! 

Here is my beloved white gold version, 

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With its eye catching manual winding movement and its two barrels with their own gear trains ( Cal 380 ).

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And my first Duometre, in platinum, with a special white dial: 

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In 2013, Jaeger-Lecoultre issued a sublimissime Chronograph, the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Three, which is the pinnacle of chronographs from the Grande Maison, with a flying gyrotourbillon, and instantaneous minute digital  monopusher chronograph, followed one year after by the Hybris Artistica version, in tantalum, which was a piece unique. 

The platinum Jubilée piece, issued in 2013 in a limited edition of 75 pieces. 

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You will enjoy the hammered finishings of the movement, the Cal 176, without forgetting to mention the blue spherical hairspring.

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And the Tantalum version, with its opaline dial:

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More recently, came a rose gold version with a meteorite dial and bridges, in 2019, in a limited edition of 8 pieces. Aventurine and enamel were also used for this marvel.

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Now, there is still a gap, or maybe two, to fill, for Jaeger-Lecoultre: 

- A Rattrapante: Vacheron, Patek, Lange, Montblanc, Glashutte released some Rattrapantes, how come Jaeger-Lecoultre didn't make at least one, in a Duometre for example? 

- A Grande Complication: Tourbillon, Perpetual Calendar, Minute Repeater... Jaeger-Lecoultre already made watches associating these three " noble " complications. For a true Grande Complication, you miss something: Including a chronograph ( preferably a rattrapante ) to a minute repeater, a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar. 

It is time to fill these gaps, now, and to show how Grande is THE Maison! 

Best,

Nicolas

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iceheller August 24th, 2021-09:30
Well said in the last portion! Imagine a spherical tourby with minute repeater or other grand completion. That will be sight and sound experience that many behold! 
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amanico August 24th, 2021-10:13
I would love to see that, indeed. 
cory August 24th, 2021-09:36
Well said Nicolas... I look forward to new and exciting JLC Grande Complications in the near future! And of course that Rattrapante Duometre.
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amanico August 24th, 2021-10:13
Me too, my friend, me too. 
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Cookies August 24th, 2021-10:11
You are back!! This is great content! I miss your long articles.
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amanico August 24th, 2021-10:14
You will love my article on the Polaris Memovox Mariner. It will be on line in the early days of September. 
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Cookies August 24th, 2021-16:33
That will be great!! Have a good week ahead.
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amanico August 24th, 2021-16:41
Well, 46 pictures taken for this watch. And a long text. We'll see. ;) 
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Cookies August 24th, 2021-17:07
And soul, pure passion That’s what u are made of.
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amanico August 24th, 2021-17:08
Thank you! Now I hope I will deserve these words after you read my review.... ;) 
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