Even before Edmond Jaeger and the Jacques-David LeCoultre joined forces in 1926 and unveiled the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand in 1937, the LeCoultre name was an important one in the Swiss watch making world. That’s because Jacques-David’s grandfather Antonie was a pioneer of the industry, inventing everything from the machines that made precision watch pinions to a device called the millionometer, which, in 1844, was the first tool to accurately measure a thousandth of a millimeter.
LeCoultre’s millionometer was so important that it led to the adoption of the metric system by the entire Swiss watchwatching industry. Indeed, from the late 18th century to the early part of the 20th, there was a little bit of LeCoultre in most of the best Swiss watches. LeCoultre produced movement blanks for Patek Philippe, made entire watches for Cartier, and supplied Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Breguet, Omega, and Audmars Piguet with key components.
Jaeger brought expertise of his own to the LeCoultre table. In 1925, he designed a tiny movement that LeCoultre would manufacture as the Duoplan, a popular ladies wristwatch during the 1920s. Four years later, in 1929, the two partners produced Calibre 101, the world’s smallest movement (then as now), with 74 parts that together weighed less than a gram. The company put the Calibre 101 in its 2 Ligne ladies wristwatch, which was diminutive and discreet enough to be worn by Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation.
Another Parisian, René-Alfred Chauvet, supplied the design for Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most famous antique watch, the Reverso, which debuted in 1931. According to company legend, the Reverso was developed for a group of polo-playing British officers stationed in India, who wanted a watch whose face would not be damaged during play. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s solution was a wristwatch whose face could be flipped over to protect the crystal. The backs of these Art Deco-style Reversos were often monogrammed for their owners or decorated in enamel and other materials.
Phases of the Moon watches in the 1940s followed the Reversos from the 1930s. After World War II Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced its first automatic watch, and in 1950 the gold-cased Memovox arrived — with a built-in alarm. By 1953, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s automatic watches had evolved into the popular Futurematic. This handsome self-winder featured a power-reserve indicator on its dial. An automatic Memovox followed in 1956.
Diving watches, including the Geophysic Chronometer, were introduced in 1958. Jaeger-LeCoultre even made a waterproof version of the Memovox called the Deep Sea Alarm in 1961, but for the most part, the company focused on dress watches, leaving the sports market to Omega, Rolex, and others.
Key terms for Antique and Vintage Jaeger LeCoultre Wristwatches:...
Ligne: A unit of measure (2.256mm) designating the size of a watch movement.
Chronometer: A watch that has been certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute not to lose more than four seconds per day, nor to gain more than six.
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Sarah Gadon Portrait At 70th Venice Film Festival - Jaeger-LeCoultre CollectionGetty Images, August 27th
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Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils exclusive haute horlogerie collectionColombo Gazette, August 20th
Design Jaeger LeCoultre Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, the inventors of the Vallée de Joux and reference in fine watching since the 19th century, along with Sri Lankan partner Chatham Luxury, hosted an exclusive viewing of its 2014 Collection at...Read more
The East's hourExecutive, August 17th
I cannot because [Jaeger-LeCoultre's parent company] Richemont Group discloses growth per region for the total business and growth per category. So if you go to the annual report of Richemont, you will see the jeweler maison or the watchmaking maison...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre and polo: a timely partnershipTelegraph.co.uk, August 15th
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James Franco to be honoured at Venice Film FestivalTelegraph.co.uk, August 11th
Previous winners of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker prize include Spike Lee (2012), Al Pacino (2011) and Sylvester Stallone (2009). The adaptation of Faulkner's novel about an aristocratic Mississippi family who fall into financial ruin...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre's historic instrumentThe Star Online, August 5th
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Unveils Latest Atmos ClockBillionaire.com, July 29th
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