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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Heliotourbillon Perpetual

The Duometre Heliotourbillon Perpetual combines a tri-axial tourbillon and perpetual calendar in the advanced Calibre 388, inspired by 19th-century pocket watch aesthetics. Share

Over nearly two centuries, Jaeger-LeCoultre has excelled in refining the regularity of its calibres’ ‘heartbeat’—crucial for precise timekeeping. This pursuit has led to significant expertise in tourbillons and the development of the Duometre mechanism, which allows for adding complications without sacrificing the accuracy of the timekeeping function.

In 2024, Jaeger-LeCoultre merges these two technological paths to introduce the Duometre Heliotourbillon Perpetual. This new timepiece pushes creative boundaries further than ever, featuring the innovative Calibre 388 with a unique tourbillon that rotates on three axes, reminiscent of a ‘spinning top.’ Operating at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vph), this calibre enhances chronometry and includes a perpetual calendar with a grande date display.

The Duometre concept, introduced in 2007 and patented by Jaeger-LeCoultre, was a significant breakthrough in precision watchmaking. Traditional watch movements faced a dilemma where adding complications could interfere with precise timekeeping due to fluctuations in power supply from the movement’s barrel to the escapement. The Duometre mechanism, featuring two barrels and two separate gear trains within a single calibre linked to one regulating organ, resolves this by dedicating one train to timekeeping and the other to complications, thus maintaining optimal operational accuracy.

This revolutionary approach allowed Jaeger-LeCoultre to explore complex functions without compromising the movement’s isochronism. This foundation led to the creation of an entire Duometre collection, featuring various complex complications.

The Heliotourbillon within the Duometre Heliotourbillon Perpetual is a notable evolution in the tourbillon mechanism, which traditionally spins on a single axis. Recognizing that to counteract the effects of gravity more effectively in all positions a wristwatch might adopt, an additional axis was necessary. This led to the development of the dual-axis Gyrotourbillon, and now, the tri-axial tourbillon. The Heliotourbillon, featuring three titanium cages rotating on different axes, is an engineering marvel designed to optimize timekeeping precision across all typical wristwatch positions.

The perpetual calendar integrated within Calibre 388 represents another pinnacle of mechanical complexity. It is a mechanical program that accounts for the varying lengths of months and leap years, requiring adjustment only at century leaps not divisible by 400. Calibre 388 allows time setting backwards and forwards without risk to the perpetual calendar mechanism— a feature not commonly found in such complex watches.

Aesthetically, the Duometre Heliotourbillon Perpetual continues to embody the refined and symmetrical design ethos of the Duometre series. The arrangement of the dial components— including the power reserve indicators, moon phase display, and additional calendar functions— enhances both functionality and visual balance. The dial features traditional finishes such as opaline, azuré, and finely textured areas, framed by a new case design that draws inspiration from 19th-century savonette pocket watches known for their rounded, soap-like shape.

This new case, with its convex crystal and rounded bezel, along with a redesigned crown that is easier to operate, encapsulates the blend of contemporary elegance and traditional design. Measuring 44mm in diameter, the case is constructed from 34 parts, with finishes that range from polished to micro-blasted, creating a dynamic interplay of light.

Technical Specifications
Guide Price
CHF 400,000
Limited Edition of 20 pieces
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