There’s a big difference between enamel & enamelling…the latter being the specific art of using enamel, coloured and plain, to create art. Enamel in its most recognised form is a clean white material and when used in creating watch dials tends to lean towards simplicity over complication to highlight this starkness. Coloured enamel is manipulated to create miniature works of art; notable mentions being Breguet’s Classique version with depressed secret signature that becomes visible only at certain angles and Patek Philippe’s incredible Worldtimer.
Enamel is created by fusing powdered glass onto a base surface but unlike a normal metal dial that can be engraved or applied upon, the enamel is more fragile thus the numerals and sub dials are often painted on, quite a skill in itself. This Duometre is a fantastic example of marrying the artisanship of an enamelled dial alongside a fantastic and innovative complication.
The calibre 381 was developed in-house by Jaeger LeCoultre offering a “dual wing” facility of two independent hand wound barrels offering fifty hours of power reserve each but…both wound by the single crown. The right hand dial is always time only with the left hand dial offering the complication, which so far has carried the original chronograph, this moonphase version and the latest travel time variant.
The limited edition versions of the Duometre model tend to be made in white gold in very small quantities. This enamel series is made in a run of (non-numbered) 200 pieces worldwide. The Moonphase complication is housed in the latter 40.5mm case (down from 42mm) making it much more ergonomically built for the wrist. Jaeger LeCoultre always deliver beautifully finished moon phases, which look subtle in the rose gold case with ivory dial but the contrast is that much more distinctive in this model.
Retailing at £42,400.00, it is in stock now for your viewing pleasure.