The new Jaeger-LeCoultre watch is equipped with a miniature transmitter system to be used for locking and unlocking an Aston Martin Rapide car. Yet the timepiece has maintained the functions of the illustrious vertical-trigger mechanism - the push-button-free chronograph.
Approaching his car, the driver presses the OPEN position on the watch glass (found between 8 and 9 o’clock) thus activating the door opening system. When he needs to close the vehicle, the presses the CLOSE position (between 3 and 4 o’clock.)
Moreover, the watch provides a "find me" function. The luxury sports car owner simultaneously presses on the "OPEN" and "CLOSE" rectangles to make the watch emit a signal that is recognized by the vehicle and the car headlamps light up for a few seconds, while the car is still locked, so the owner can immediately find his car.
The black dial of the timepiece demonstrates a grille-type motif. It is completed with rhodium-plated metallic numerals provided in the center with a luminescent black-substance coating. At 6 o’clock you will notice the movement operating indicator featuring the Aston Martin wing emblem. The Rapide symbol, gilded the same as the hands and hour markers, is floating in the center in a window that allows a glance at the ruthenium mainplate and bridges of the sophisticated movement.
It is also noticeable that the minute and hour chronograph counters are sculptured in aluminum.
The outer dial ring that shows the OPEN/CLOSE transponder indications allows to see (between 4 and 8 o’clock) the charming lever mechanism responsible for the chronograph functions and boasting a break caliper design.
The miniaturization of the transponder module, that is accommodated on the base, including its wiring and its transmitter antenna have been thoroughly redesigned to match the principles of watchmaking, having united technical sophistication with a smart integration within the overall watch design. Jaeger-LeCoultre engineers worked hard on the research and development for over 18 months, having closely collaborated with Aston Martin.
You should agree to Watches.InfoNIAC.com that it seems quite easy to understand how to operate the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 Rapide Transponder, while its creation represented a daunting challenge.
First of all, the engineers had to miniaturize each transponder part, having reduced its size to be housed inside a watch case. The transponder acquired a thickness and diameter to provide supreme user-friendliness and comfort, yet it corresponds to the technical and security peculiarities inherent to the car itself. The engineers came up with a module with a weight of just a few grams and with the size more than two times smaller than that of the transmitter found inside the Aston Martin Rapide key.
A mechanical watch may be compared to a Faraday’s cage protecting the movements from the influences of electrical fields affecting the rating precision. The Jaeger-LeCoultre engineers had to create an innovative antenna to make the watch boast the reliability of the brand’s movements and incorporate a perfectly operating transponder positioned close to the metal oscillating weight. The antenna had to be placed as far as possible from the movement and the case, and the engineers decided to use the sapphire crystal as a medium.
The antenna is metallized on the inside of the sapphire crystal in a shape reflecting the inner bezel ring curve between 4 and 6 o’clock, and is linked at these strategic points to the OPEN and CLOSE rectangles . As a result, the activation of the transponder locking system does not require any displacement of any part of the timepiece, making contact with the OPEN and CLOSE zones.
Only Aston Martin dealerships will be given a privilege to authorize the watch to ‘read’ and communicate with the watch owner’s specific Aston Martin Rapide for absolute security and privacy.
The AMVOX 2 Rapide Transponder watch is based on the AMVOX2 Chronograph that was released in 2006. The revolutionary push-buttons-free chronograph incorporated a start, stop and reset mechanism operated via a push on the sapphire crystal face of the watch. The remarkably sophisticated mechanism incorporated 0.1mm diameter bearings to provide mechanical feedback to the stop-start action via the dial.
The revolutionary construction is rounded off by a three-position cursor. Found on the case side at 9 o’clock, the device locks either all chronograph controls or just the resetting device, to guarantee that the functions are not unintentionally started, stopped or reset.
The AMVOX 2 Rapide Transponder watch is animated by Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 751E, offering a 65-hour power reserve. A complex column-wheel and a vertical coupling system provide the precision timing of the chronograph. The rotor’s ball-bearing mechanism has ceramic balls so there is no need for lubrication.
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