It is true, that in our world, just a single challenge could be the motive to initiate something great. That is exactly what happened in the beginning of the past century.
The ultra-thin movements that had been invented by Edmond Jaeger, a Paris based watchmaker to the French Navy, was the reason for this challenge. It was 1903, when Edmond Jaeger, challenged Swiss manufacturers to develop and produce the ultra-thin movements that he had invented.
Jacques-David LeCoultre, Antoine’s grandson who was responsible for production at LeCoultre & Cie., accepted the challenge, giving rise to a collection of ultra-thin pocket watches, including the thinnest in the world in 1907, equipped with the LeCoultre Calibre 145. The same year, French jeweller Cartier, one of Jaeger’s clients, signed a contract with the Parisian watchmaker under which all Jaeger movements for a period of fifteen years would be exclusive to Cartier. The movements were produced by LeCoultre.
The collaboration between Jaeger and LeCoultre led to the company being officially renamed Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937.
Since Jaeger-LeCoultre’s founding, the company has produced over 1,242 different calibres, registered approximately 400 patents and created hundreds of inventions.
Inventions : Millionometre (by Antonie LeCoultre in 1844), Keyless watch in 1847 (by Antoine LeCoultre), LeCoultre Calibre 145 in 1907.
In 1866, for the first time in watchmaking history, LeCoultre & Cie. began to manufacture calibres with small complications in small series, and in 1891 combined the chronograph and minute repeater complications into a double complication calibre.
Most historic timepieces : Reverso, Duoplan, Joaillerie 101, Atmos, Memovox and Geophysic.
Famous Collections: Reverso, Master, Master Compressor, Duometre, Rendez-vous, AMVOX, Atmos, Hybris Mechanica and Haute Joaillerie.
Photo1 : Jaeger-Lecoultre Tourbillon movement watch
Photo 2 : The Atmos
Photo 3 : Jaeger-LeCoultre, Duometre
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