Now that they have perfected the technology Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin have joined forces once again. At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the duo unveiled a new AMVOX2 Transponder, the Rapide. Like its elder sibling the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 Transponder DBS which was released last year and controls an Aston Martin DBS, this new watch has been designed to control the newly introduced Aston Martin Rapide. The only catch is you need to buy the car too to make it worthwhile!
What Can It Do?
Utilising the AMVOX touch crystal technology developed by JLC, the “Rapide Transponder” can open and close the doors of the new 4-door Aston Martin Rapide sports car hybrid. In order to achieve this impressive feat the wearer is simply required to press the sapphire watch crystal between 8 and 9 o’clock for OPEN and between 3 and 4 o’clock for the CLOSE function. The watch is also fitted with a “find me” function, whereby when the wearer presses simultaneously on the “OPEN” and “CLOSE” rectangles, the headlamps light up for several seconds, without unlocking the car, so as to enable the owner to find the car at a glance.
I have to say that I think that the last part is more novelty than useful as really you’d have to have an idea of where you car was already, otherwise how would you know where to look to see the lights come on? Still though, I think don’t there is any denying the inherent coolness of this watch and car combination.
You will also be happy to know that if you choose to spring the extra $40,000 or so for this watch when you pick up your new Aston Martin Rapide only Aston Martin dealerships will be able to authorize the timepiece to ‘read’ and communicate with your car. So you won’t have to worry about any other millionaires accidentally unlocking your pride and joy.
The Final Word
Whilst no one actually needs a watch that can unlock their car it’s just so cool that how could you resist? Add to that the fact that JLC is arguably one of the most prestigious watch makers in the world and that whilst being technically advanced, the mechanical specifications of this timepiece are also superb. Really, why would you say no?
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