Jaeger LeCoultre was founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre at a workshop in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. The company has long been world leader within the watch making trade, and has pioneered innumerable developments in the many technologies involved. The company initially started dealings with Edmond Jaeger in 1903, a relationship that proved very productive for both parties.
Innovation has been the order of the day since the very beginning at Jaeger LeCoultre, starting with the creation of the millionometer, an invention which was the first that could measure the micrometre, or lengths to the thousandth of a millimetre. This commitment to precision together with a passion for future making development continued as the company moved forward, and saw it produce many more ground breaking technologies and designs.
Next came the keyless system, a mechanism that removed the requirement for a key in winding and setting timepieces. Among the many further developments in the subsequent years were both the thinnest and smallest movement mechanisms in the world, as well as many increasingly advanced winding systems, and the first automatic alarms, to name but a few.
The workshop was turned into a ‘manufacture’ in the latter years of the 19th century, creating an environment in which all of the elements required in the manufacturing process were created, rather than being purchased from elsewhere, as was the case for many watch makers. This gave the company a great deal of control over the entire design and development process, allowing it to create astonishing examples of watch making technology.
The manufacturing environment also created an atmosphere in which skills would be valued and passed on among people, and a depth of knowledge in terms of time keeping engineering, that was in turn fed into so many innovative projects over the years.
The list of technological developments, patents, awards and iconic timepieces created under the banner of Jaeger LeCoultre is seemingly endless. One of the brand’s greatest creations was the Reverso, whose remarkable swivel went on to be hugely influential. The range has been repeatedly revisited over the years, with the watches being adorned with such diverse components as a tourbillon, minute repeater, chronograph and perpetual calendar.
Jaeger LeCoultre watches have long been irresistible to lovers of timepiece technology the world over, and the brand’s pedigree as a major presence in the field has been proven again and again by its countless achievements.
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