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Ever since the brand was established in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been enchanting lovers of beautiful objects. Its craftsmen and craftswomen, the guardians of the inventive spirit of company founder Antoine LeCoultre, pool their expertise to create collections that are as surprising as they are sophisticated: Reverso, Master, Rendez-Vous, Duomètre, Geophysic® and Atmos. This great brand continues to be inspired by its rich heritage and collections such as the Hybris Mechanica and Hybris Artistica bear witness to the creative passion that drives the men and women who work for it.

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About

Watch brands today work to within tolerances of one micron. Rather surprisingly, it was a watchmaker, Antoine LeCoultre, who first measured the micron. Already as early as 1844, barely more than a decade after setting up his company, LeCoultre was producing components whose perfection could not be measured by existing tools. He therefore developed the “Millionomètre” to measure tolerances to within a micron.

It was in 1903 that Antoine LeCoultre’s grandson Jacques-David encountered Parisian Edmond Jaeger, who was inventing and producing ultra-thin mechanical watch calibres. After a friendship developed between the two gentlemen, they began to work together on ultra-thin watches. This led to the birth of the “knife” watch in 1907, which was the thinnest watch in the world at the time, with a LeCoultre 145 calibre that was just 1.38mm thick. It was the start of a long-lasting partnership between the two watchmakers.

In 1929 LeCoultre presented the world’s smallest mechanical watch movement, which was undoubtedly a precursor for the brand’s iconic Reverso model, launched in 1931, whose distinctive rectangular shape and Art Deco inspiration is still a cornerstone of the brand’s collection 85 years later.

It was not until 1937 that the Jaeger and LeCoultre officialised their partnership and created the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand.

1833
Antoine LeCoultre establishes the company.
1866
The LeCoultre Manufacture is established in Le Sentier. It was the first watchmaking factor in the Vallée de Joux.
1928
The Atmos clock is invented.
1931
The iconic Reverso model is first presented.
2007
Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the revolutionary Gyrotourbillon.
Philosophy

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s philosophy has evolved from the brand’s unique geographical location in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux. Because of its relatively remote location, in one of Switzerland’s great forest wildernesses with its own harsh climate, the brand has learned a respect for the environment that has put sustainable development at the heart of its preoccupations.

As a result, nature and culture, innovation and tradition, growth and respect for the environment, international expansion and local roots are all carefully balanced in everything that the company does, from its support for the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme to the production of local honey in the Vallée de Joux, always in the search for perfect equilibrium.

Collections

ATMOS

Few luxury watch brands offer table clocks, but only Jaeger-LeCoultre offers one that is closest to the dream of perpetual motion. Capturing the slightest differences in temperature in order to drive its mechanism, the Atmos achieves staggering levels of precision. The moon phase model loses just one day in 3821 years.

Duomètre

Celebrating Jaeger-LeCoultre’s reputation for technical prowess, the Duomètre collection features the brand’s revolutionary “Dual-Wing” movement technology that consists of two separate mechanisms that share a common regulating organ.

Geophysic®

The ultimate in classic watch styling, the Geophysic® combines pure and simple design with a new in-house watch movement.

Master

The quintessence of a classic watch shape, the Master collection runs the gamut of watchmaking complications, from the simple date function through celestial tourbillons and minute repeaters right up to the flagship Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3.

Rendez-Vous

The collection dedicated to ladies brings together all of the expertise found in the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in a collection featuring feminine complications.

Reverso

Born in 1931 from an idea intended specifically for polo players to protect the watch dial from shocks, at the same time offering a form of personalisation with an engraved case back, the Reverso and its pivoting case has evolved into a genuine icon in watchmaking. Its distinctive rectangular case and Art Deco inspired design still stand out from the crowd 85 years after it was first presented.

Watches

Valle de Joux Grande Maison

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s roots stretch back to the 19th century and as the watchmaker’s fame grew, so did its reputation. The house became known as the Grande Maison, for it was the biggest company in the famed horological hub of the Vallée de Joux, located in Switzerland near the border with France. First founded by Swiss horologist Antoine LeCoultre in 1833, LeCoultre by the early 20th century had teamed up with the Paris-based watchmaker Edmond Jaeger, an early master of ultra thin watches. Today Jaeger-LeCoultre holds pride of place in the Richemont Group portfolio.

Watch collections

The art-deco style Reverso may be synonymous with the house, but Jaeger-LeCoultre in fact is behind a host of extraordinary timepieces. Take the Master Control line for example, which debuted in 1992 in homage to the 1000 Hours Control, a set of rigorous tests that measured the reliability and precision of the brand’s timepieces under extreme conditions. Twenty years later, the company marked the event with three new timepieces, which included the exceptionally precise Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon. Boasting a rare 28,800 vibrations per hour, its automatic calibre 982 was encased in pink gold with an eggshell white dial. Also within the line is the Master Calendar, in steel or pink gold - an understated three-hander automatic watch that further displays the day, month and moonphases. The chronograph is another area of expertise; cue the excellent Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet, which riffs off the original 1959 Memovox Deep Sea, the first automatic diver’s watch equipped with an alarm. With a reinforced cermet case and matt black dial, the chronograph also has a mode indication of on, off and reset, alongside the hour, minute and small seconds functions, and all powered by the automatic calibre 758. Other chronograph designs includes the elegant Master Compressor Chronograph, again with an automatic movement, alongside a day/night indicator and second time zone. With a charcoal grey or black dial, ceramic case (ruthenium dial and titanium case for the Extreme LAB 2 model), it is among the more classic, sporty timepieces on the market.

Queen Elizabeth II

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s place in British royal history is secure, thanks to Queen Elizabeth II having worn a Jaeger-LeCoultre jewellery watch – equipped with the maison’s famously ultra thin and world’s smallest 101 movement – to her coronation in 1953. To mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the company presented her majesty with a special Atmos du Millénaire clock, part of the Atmos range that Jean-Leon Reutter first created back in 1928 – and an almost secret invention that tells the time via a gas-filled capsule that expands with changing air temperatures.

Collectible vintage Reverso watches

There is no disputing that the Reverso is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s icon today, with the watch spawning iterations that range from the Classic (which replaced the Reverso Grande Taille) in various sizes, from gold to steel, to the more technical second time zone Reverso Tribute Calendar. But vintage Reverso timepieces are also increasingly covetable – if recent auction prices are any measure. Take for example a wonderful white gold and diamond parure from 2005 - comprising a necklace, earrings and Reverso rotating watch-ring – that hammered down at Sotheby’s in 2016 for CHF 50,000, surpassing its high estimate of CHF 30,000. Or consider another classic 18k gold style with a dual time and 24 hour display that recently went for HKD47,500 against a high estimate of HKD 35,000 at Christie’s. Meanwhile, a lucky bidder at Christie’s recently won a set of four, numbered and limited edition 18k gold Reversos produced in 1995 and with representations of the four seasons beautifully painted in enamel. All for just $106,250 (estimate of $40,000-$80,000).