In 1833 and Vallée de Joux, Switzerland the brothers Charles Antoine and Ulysee LeCoultre were to found their first own workshop. Innovations such as the micron which has made manufacturing of small but precise movements possible, have to be clearly owed to the personal passion and ambition of these two. By 1907, the company engaging close to 500 employees back then, successfully supplied watch maker Edmond Jaeger from Paris with the flattest movements presently available, which thereafter led to the Jaeger-LeCoultre association as early as in 1937. Nowadays Jaeger-LeCoultre carries an impressing collection of prime watches. The collection contains not only the best-known model Reverso, but also the Master, Duomètre, Rendez-Vous, Amvox, as well as the renowned table watch Atmos. Jaeger-LeCoultre offers clients a broad choice of high-end watches ranging from exclusively classy elegance to the most extravagant design.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre World
As they found their first own workshop in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland in 1833 the brothers Charles Antoine and Ulysee LeCoultre were doing pioneer work in watch production indeed. For though they had not been the first to engage in watch industries back then, their innovations and inventive genius still have been responsible for a new impulse in fine mechanics and revolutionary for the watch making craft as a whole. Among their inventions the micron measured by Antoine LeCoultre in 1844, was to become the first tool of its kind to take distances on a thousandth millimeter level. As a measuring device it became essential to the manufacturing of movements which were more and more decreased in size. By 1858 the company takes in a partner, who comes to the rescue in times of struggle and causes the new name of LeCoultre, Borgeaud & Cie. Fabrique d'horlogerie en blanc. As early as a year after, over a hundred associates are evidence of the brand’s revival. Thus by 1866 Antoine’s son Èlie LeCoultre effects not only the establishment of LeCoultre quality standards but also that of a watch manufacture which has all kinds of craft and art consolidated. As cases, dials as well as movements were all homemade manufactures the range of movements until 1890 was to rise to an actual amount of 350 items in total. Keeping almost 500 employees perfectly busy. But it was not until 1907 that the company was to provide watch maker Edmond Jaeger from Paris with the flattest movements available at present. This fruitful cooperation led to the future fusion of both ventures to the final Jaeger-LeCoultre. Due to customs duties the company sticks to the single name of LeCoultre as well as the case manufacturing in the States. Until 1948 the company has a leading position in watch manufacturing. Thereafter joining SAPIC Holding it is directly turned over to VDO Automotive due to the quartz crisis in 1978. Finally it is Mr. Mannesmann a future owner of VDO who gives it to the Richemont Group in 2000.
Watches and movements by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Over the last decades Jaeger-LeCoultre has been developing quite a colossal collection, ever since led by the Reverso as the one model of most renown. Currently the company proudly presents the Reverso, Master, Duométre, Rendez-Vous, Amvox, Hybris Mechanica as well as the famous table watch Amos. Furthermore it features the Extra Ordinaires collection which is a declared dedication to decorating watch manufacturing. The manufacture’s movements are collectively labeled by the JLC lettering followed by a three-digit number. So is the hand wound Caliber JLC 846, worth more than half a million euro, which is to be found in the Reverso as well the “La Rose”.
Jaeger-LeCoultre in the world of watches
Like barely any other the watch manufacture of JaegerLeCoultre comes up with a collection that covers clients’ tastes as well as watches of all areas: the high-end business watch, the extravagant jewelry watch and the chronograph of multiple complications.
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