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Jaeger Lecoultre

Jaeger Lecoultre, the first manufacture in the Vallée de Joux

Jaeger-LeCoultre can trace its origins back to 1833 when Antoine LeCoultre founded his first watchmaking workshop after inventing a machine to produce watchmaking pinions. This marked the birth of a horological grandee whose name is revered by watch collectors around the globe.

Subsequently, in 1866, Antoine LeCoultre along with his son Elie, opened the first Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux. A Manufacture is a term used to describe a watch company with the ability to produce its own watch movements. The region was, and still is, steeped in watchmaking tradition with the production of movement parts often taking place in myriad of small hillside ateliers. LeCoultre chose to house these various skills under one roof.

In 1903, Jaques David LeCoultre joined forces with the Parisian watchmaker Edmond Jaeger. The business relationship blended Swiss watchmaking prowess with a notable air of French elegance.

In the past, Jaeger-LeCoultre supplied movements to an array of other prestigious maisons and continues to be held in high esteem for its innovation, craftsmanship and technical expertise.

This practitioner of haute horlogerie is based in Le Sentier in the Vallée du Joux, not far from Audemars Piguet. Indeed, the two companies in the past, when Jaeger-LeCoultre was privately owned, enjoyed a close working relationship. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre is part of the large Swiss luxury group, Richemont SA.

 

An innovative maison

A key strength of Jaeger-LeCoultre is its ability to innovate. The company has 398 patents to its name, albeit with this number growing each year, there is an intrinsic obsolescence to any figure provided. Moreover, the brand has produced 1231 mechanical movements at the time of writing.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has a diverse array of models from simple to complicated, from sports to dress watches. Furthermore, it has delivered a plethora of models to appeal to both male and female clientele.

Specialities of the brand include complicated watches such as minute repeaters and tourbillons, together with ultra-thin watches.

 

Memovox Deep Sea

Another model which illustrates the innovation of Jaeger-LeCoultre is the Memovox Deep Sea. Created in 1959, this was the first automatic diver’s watch equipped with a mechanical alarm. Whilst many diver’s watches rely solely on a unidirectional bezel to remind the wearer when to ascend to the surface, this model has an audible alarm as an additional aide mémoire.

The incorporation of an alarm makes much sense, as sound in water travels significantly faster than in air, making the ringing of the alarm more noticeable.

In 2012, Jaeger-LeCoultre produced its Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea, capturing much of the design language of the 1959 original. This modern-day interpretation was produced in a limited series of 959 stainless steel pieces and featured “Tropic” coloured hour markers that granted a nostalgic feel.

Jaeger-LeCoultre equipped the 2012 model with a Plexiglass watch glass, similar to the original model, reinforcing the nostalgic character of the watch. However, the brand elected to use Superluminova for the hour markers and hands, avoiding the radioactive materials used in bygone times.

Subsequently, the brand launched the Deep Sea Chronograph, featuring the Calibre 758, self winding movement. This handsome watch features a column-wheel chronograph delivering a stutter-free start to its stop watch function and a silky-smooth feel to its push pieces.

 

Closing remarks

With a vast array of models available, Jaeger-LeCoultre offers some superb choices for the discerning watch buyer. In some instances, pre-owned models provide tempting opportunities for the would-be collector to acquire a fine watch for significantly less than new, especially when housed in noble metals such as gold and platinum.

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  • 18ct Pink Gold Jaeger LeCoultre Duometre A Chronographe Q6012420

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Duometer

    February 2012 £20,950.00
  • Jaeger-Le-Coultre Deep Sea Chronograph Reference 2068570

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Deep Sea Chronograph

    September 2016 £6,500.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 270.8.62

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Reverso

    December 2012 £3,750.00
  • 18ct yellow Gold Frank Muller Master Calendar 5850 MC L

    Franck Muller

    Master Calendar 5850 MC L

    July 2004 £8,450.00
  • 18ct Pink Gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Q500242A

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon

    March 2015 £54,500.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin 3204120

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Grande Reverso Lady

    Pre-owned UNUSED £5,950.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gran Sport Duetto Day and Night. Reference 296.8.74

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Reverso Gran Sport

    March 2016 £4,950.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Ultra Thin Small Second Q1358120

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master Grande Ultra Thin

    December 2014 £4,950.00
  • 18ct pink gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Ultra Thin 145.2.79

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Ultra Slim

    December 2002 £5,500.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT NAVY SEALS

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Navy Seals GMT

    December 2010 £7,950.00
  • Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Duetto

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Reverso Duetto 18ct

    April 2014 £19,500.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre master Compressor Chronograph 146.8.25

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master Compressor

    July 2007 £4,950.00
  • 18ct Rose gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon Q1652420

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master Tourbillion

    March 2007 £29,750.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Master 1000 hours. 140.1.89

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master 1000 Hours

    August 1995 £5,950.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Reserve De Marche 140.2.93

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master Control

    £7,950.00
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Previously in stock

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox "Tribute To Deep Sea" 134.8.96

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Deepsea Memovox

    January 2012 £6,500.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Hometime 174.8.05.S

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master Control Hometime

    July 2006 £8,750.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Calendar 273.8.84

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Reverson 273.8.84

    March 2015 £5,950.00
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic 142.2.92

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master Geograpic

    £7,450.00
  • S20683

    Jaeger LeCoultre

    Master Ultra Thin

    December 2013 £5,250.00
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