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:
Spectacular on the verso:
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.
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,
With its eye catching manual winding movement and its two barrels with their own gear trains ( Cal 380 ).
And my first Duometre, in platinum, with a special white dial:
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.
You will enjoy the hammered finishings of the movement, the Cal 176, without forgetting to mention the blue spherical hairspring.
And the Tantalum version, with its opaline dial:
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.
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!