Jaeger-LeCoultre Futurematic

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Futurematic

Post by koimaster » July 31st 2022, 7:45am

Necessity being the mother of invention, or in this case inclusion, there’s a reason why Jaeger-LeCoultre once made a big deal out of the often-underappreciated complication called the ‘power reserve’. For those unfamiliar with this function, it’s a display which tells you how much power is left on a watch’s winding, whether the timepiece is manual or automatic, letting you know when it will stop. While clearly more useful on manually-wound watches because they don’t refresh themselves as does an automatic, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Futurematic had another reason showing the reserve on the dial.

To grasp why power reserve occupied a prominent space at the nine o’clock position, and to appreciate why this watch was such a shocker when it was launched circa 1953, look at the images: no winding crown. 68 years ago, this was uncommon, the crown of the Futurematic being needed only to set the time and thus set in the caseback. That’s because in this watch – billed by the manufacturer as the world’s first ‘100% automatic watch’ – the mainspring couldn’t be wound from the crown. To set it in motion, you gave it a couple of shakes. Once ticking, it went into self-winding mode.

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