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.
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Watch on film: BatmanEsquireMe, April 30th
After a brief discussion with Jacques-David LeCoultre, who appointed Jaeger S.A. to create the case, who then contracted René-Alfred Chauvot, the actual inventor of a unique slide and flip mechanism, the Reverso was born. An elegant watch with a face...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre captures waiting game to launch Christian Louboutin collaborationLuxury Daily, April 29th
Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre is showcasing the design duality of its Reverso timepiece developed with footwear designer Christian Louboutin. To introduce the collection, the partners filmed model/actress Elisa Sednaoui in a social video, with her ...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre stars Ren Magritte painting in 'Reverso' tribute-series watchAstro Awani, April 26th
Jaeger-LeCoultre stars Ren Magritte painting in 'Reverso' tribute-series watch. Although hidden away at first glance, wearers can flip round the "Reverso" to reveal the artwork at any moment. The Swiss watchmaker is paying homage to the renowned...Read more
If the Shoe Fits: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reversos by Christian LouboutinWatchtime.com, April 25th
The iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch turns 85 this year, and the Swiss brand unveiled a plethora of new Reverso models for men and ladies at SIHH. Among the most notable of the ladies' models are these timepieces, bearing the joint signature of ...Read more
Rendez-vous Tourbillon enamelWorld Tempus, April 21st
Jaeger-LeCoultre. The watched is powered by the in-house calibre 978. This mechanical automatic movement enriched with a tourbillon is crafted and assembled by hand at the workshops of Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre and has a 45-hour power reserve...Read more
Robert Downey Jr. Wears Jaeger-LeCoultre Watch To Captain America: Civil War ...Pursuitist, April 19th
Actor Robert Downey Jr. attended the premiere of Marvel's latest movie Captain America: Civil War with co-stars Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCap and co-director Anthony Russo. For the premiere in Paris, the iconic Iron Man actor wore a stunning ...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre to Exhibit Compass-captured Scenes of New York and Venice at ...BLOUIN ARTINFO, April 8th
Called the Compass camera, the machine was manufactured by the Swiss watchmaker LeCoultre et Cie for the Compass Cameras Ltd. At the time, the LeCoultre & Cie, which would subsequently become Jaeger-LeCoultre, was already renowned for its ...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre's Specialized Department For Artistic Crafts: Enamel, Gem ...Quill & Pad, April 6th
In 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre created the rare and unique 12-piece Hybris Artistica series featuring incredibly technical and creative movements already in existence as a base to which rare and costly artisanal arts were added. Naturally, these timepieces...Read more