Here we go again. Another timepiece by yet another automaker. Remember the AMVOX2 Chronograph revealed in 2009? If you do and never had the chance to buy one (it was limited to only 24 units), you’ll be happy to known that Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre will reveal the AMVOX5 Chronograph at the Le Mans Series championship race on the Paul Ricard circuit. This new and exclusive chronograph is limited to 300 units in ceramic and titanium and 200 in ceramic and pink gold.
The chronograph features a winding mechanism on lubricant-free ceramic ball bearings, a large variable inertia balance and laser-welded balance spring, all of which ensure its reliability. This all-terrain caliber is inserted in a case made of high-tech ceramic combined with titanium and 18 carat pink gold. Made by compacting yttrium oxides mixed with a binder and a small proportion of zirconium oxide under high pressure, the compound is then subjected to a temperature of 2,000°C. After fluoroscopic testing for homogeneity, the ceramic block is then shaped using special diamond-tipped tools. The intensely black case weighs much less than steel, yet is twice as hard, giving the AMVOX5 World Chronograph its infallible resistance. Did you get all of that? Okay, keep reading.
Jaeger-LeCoultre will also offer two Racing models made in ceramic and titanium, with a black or white dial, each in a limited series of 100. Inspired by the performance of the meteoric LMP1 Aston Martin Racing prototype, these timepieces feature chronographic counters executed in carbon fiber, punctuated with a flash of orange on the world time disc, the chronographic second hand and the overstitching on the calfskin leather strap.
Press release after the jump.
Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre chose the Le Mans Series championship race on the Paul Ricard circuit to present their partnership’s latest creation. The new AMVOX5 World Chronograph combines the power of style and innovation with refinement and performance, in a testimony to the core values shared by the two companies.
1430 hours ... with the race in full swing and Aston Martin Racing’s LMP1 excelling in 2nd position, Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre revealed the first AMVOX timepiece to combine the chronograph function with a world time clock.
At approximately 1900 hours, Aston Martin Racing, defying the famous Mistral 1.800 metre (1.11846 mile) Straight, the only equal to the legendary Hunaudières Straight on the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit, finished the last round of the 5.861 km (3.64185 miles)circuit.Le Castellet, 11 April 2010. The Aston Martin 009 LMP1 has crossed the line in second after a faultless eight hour race. As the second successive podium result for the Aston Martin Racing factory team this year, it once again proves the exceptional pace, reliability and durability of the marque’s cars.
Drivers Adrian Fernández (MX), Stefan Mücke (DE) and Harold Primat (CH) drove competitively throughout, driving the production-based Aston Martin V12-powered LMP1 consistently as the fastest car on the circuit behind the first placed diesel. Completing 261 laps and therefore 1,511 km competitively in eight hours.