Britain's Time to Shine

Evan Rast reports on the watchmakers that made their mark at the recent SalonQP in London


New and Noted

Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled its latest collaborative timepiece with British carmaker Aston Martin, the AMVOX 7. The watch comes in a fiery red and black combination, with the dial featuring the pattern of the latest Vanquish’s radiator grille (Aston Martin’s super grand tourer). The vertical-trigger chronograph, powered by the Calibre 756, showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s first radial power-reserve display that appears through two apertures on the upper part of the bezel. The 44mm case comes in grade 5 titanium.

After the release of its Mikrograph – the chronograph that can measure up to 1/100th of a second – Tag Heuer presented the MikrotourbillonS, a tourbillon with a similar function. Tag Heuer has never produced a tourbillon because the accuracy of the complication has always been questioned. That is until the brand discovered a way to create tourbillons of zero-tolerance, chronograph precision. The watch has two rotating tourbillons visible on the dial. The first beats at a standard 4Hz and rotates once per minute, and the second controls the 1/100th second chronograph, running at a spectacular 50Hz and rotating every five seconds – that’s 12 times a minute! The energy required for this feat comes from a dual-chain, dual-barrel automatic movement. The MikrotourbillonS was designed with the Carrera in mind, in black tantalum with rose gold accents.


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