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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• 'We want to excited people about polo'Telegraph.co.uk, July 31st
"As if all roads lead back to polo for Jaeger-LeCoultre, our Flagship store on Old Bond Street in London is hosting a special exhibition of artistic photographs by Astrid Munoz this summer, shot behind the scenes during the 2015 UK high goal polo season."...Read more
Spotted: Jeremy Renner Wearing Jaeger-LeCoultre MasterHaute Time, July 30th
His costar Jeremy Renner attended the premiere dressed in a three-piece black suit and sporting the latest Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon timepiece. Other Hollywood heavy weights in attendance were Alec Baldwin, who is making his debut...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates Special Grande Reverso In SingaporeHaute Time, July 28th
Jaeger-LeCoultre's flagship store in Singapore at ION Orchard, invited special guests to celebrate the launch of the brand's Grande Reverso Night & Day Singapore Edition, last month. A limited edition of only 50 pieces, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande...Read more
King Power Foxes defeat UAE to secure Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold CupSport360°, July 26th
More than 14,000 spectators were at Cowdray Park Polo Club in West Sussex on Sunday 19th July to watch the Finals of the 2015 Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup for the British Open Championships. King Power Foxes and UAE fiercely competed for the coveted ...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup final 2015: Who are King Power Foxes and all-pro ...Telegraph.co.uk, July 18th
There has been a lot of interest this year, obviously it's Jaeger-LeCoultre's first year taking over from Veuve Clicquot, and it's clear they want to take this great championship forward and run with it. Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup final teams: King...Read more
Win a Jaeger-LeCoultre watchTelegraph.co.uk, July 17th
The Telegraph has teamed up with Jaeger-LeCoultre to offer readers a superb prize. If you can correctly predict the final score of the Gold Cup final between UAE and King Power Foxes – taking place on Sunday, July 19 – you'll be entered into a draw for...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates Filmmakers in Exhibition in VeniceBLOUIN ARTINFO, July 15th
Marking its 10-year partnership with the festival, the Swiss watchmaker is mounting Behind the Scenes, aimed at giving visitors an insight into the filmmaking process of all nine winners of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which it...Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup: terms and conditionsTelegraph.co.uk, July 8th
The winner's name and county can be obtained by sending a sae to Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup Finals Tickets Prize Draw Winner, SPARK, Telegraph Media Group, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT within one month after the closing date of ...Read more