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Chronometry - Jaeger-LeCoultre Double Winner | Field News4 December 2009 Elizabeth Doerr
Le Locle's watch museum Château des Monts
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In days passed by, fastrack watches prices chronometer competitions not just delivered excessive excitement but will also aided makes and watchmakers identify their really worth. It was very simple: the greater precise a brand's merchandise have been, the greater these models could cost for their mechanical watches. The heyday from the wristwatch chronometer started in the late forties when illustrious names in horology began taking part in observatory competitions, though in 1967 these stopped. The enjoyable contests ended up overlooked until Le Locle's watch museum Château des Monts determined to prepare a fresh concours in 2007, the foundations of which were being based upon all those of yesteryear.Modern-day CompetitionThe heart of the level of competition is naturally the particular tests course of action: the whole encased watch is examined below, not only the motion. One other great improvement is the fact that the watches are subjected to shocks as if they had been currently being worn over a daily foundation, together with magnetic fields since they are constantly encountered in our fashionable planet. The screening requirements are determined by ISO 3159, the exact same norm applied by testing institutes in Switzerland, France, and Germany.All watches whose movements must not exceed 38.5 mm (17 lines) x 15 mm or perhaps a area spot of 1,164 mm2 have been at the same time observed 24 hours a day for 15 times just about every in diverse positions, at varying ailments, and at various temperatures. The very first leg of your tests was done at the Besançon Observatory, and also the next leg in the C. replica iwc for watches O.S.C. in Biel where they underwent precisely the same checks on unique equipment. The great unknowns shock and magnetism were being then proofed at Le Locle's Institut d'Horlogerie et Development - IHC-Arc -, where by the judges feared the worst for the complex pieces. Unfounded, because it turned out: all survived the ordeal. The timepieces then returned into the C.O.S.C. for an additional round of testing, which also amazingly showed that the performances in the remaining eleven timepieces ended up equivalent or outstanding to those taken ahead of the shock testing.In the event the watches shown no deviation during this method, they obtained an ideal rating of one,000 points. Each and every 2nd of deviation calculated was 1 stage taken from this rating. 5 watches were being eradicated just after the initial round of screening on account of numerous failures and faults.ParticipantsFourteen entrants with sixteen timepieces divided to the types "independents" 3 - and "brands" eleven - had been tested. The winners have been uncovered on December three at the museum inside the existence of a veritable "who's who" of high-quality watchmakers. Jaeger-LeCoultre not only took to start with position within the model class with 909 factors with the Master Tourbillon, the Le Sentier-based brand also took property 2nd position using the triple-axis tourbillon Gyrotourbillon 1, which gained 908 details indisputably proving the value of the tourbillon escapement's primary supposed use.
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Caliber Papillon, an eleven-day movement 37.two mm in diameter beating at 28,800 vph was the unbiased winner with 795 details. Rene Addor, who spent a lot of his existence performing at Rolex, devised this mechanism and made it in his garage in the Vallee de Joux.
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"True and classic watchmaking is centered on continual enhancement," suggests Stephane Belmont of Jaeger-LeCoultre. "Throughout background, watchmakers have striven to further improve precision, but the latest a long time have overlooked that. Our custom should be to make mechanics to possess superior efficiency which includes precision."The next Concours de Chronometrie might be held in 2011, and it could only be hoped that or not it's opened to entrants from all nations around the world, and never solely Europe. fake rolex  
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Claude-Henri Chabloz, President du Comite d'organisation (a gauche) et Rene Addor, laureat du Prix "Particuliers".
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Jean-Claude Meylan, directeur strategy chez Jaeger-LeCoultre
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