Founded in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been acknowledged since the 19th century for its superlative watch manufacturing. Over 200 patents and more than 1,000 different calibers developed and designed under one roof, with several iconic models such as the Reverso, the Duoplan or the Atmos, it is one of the most important and ingenious players in the history watchmaking.
History of Jaeger LeCoultre
The foundation of the watch company LeCoultre was laid in 1833 by the brothers Charles Antoine LeCoultre and François Ulysse LeCoultre in the Vallée de Joux. Antoine was a brilliant craftsman who always kept on honing his skills to develop new manufacturing processes and production methods for the timepieces. In 1884 Antoine made history by creating the first instrument to measure the micron. Just three years later he pitched another revolutionary invention, the crown winding mechanism - a system that dispenses the need to use a key in order to rewind and set watches.
In four short years, LeCoultre was awarded the gold medal at 1st World Exhibition in London for his exquisitely crafted gold chronometer. Within the short span of time company grew manifolds and established itself as one of Switzerland’s most celebrated manufacturers. By 1860, the company expanded to the size of 100 employees and brought all the functions of watchmaking in-house for the first time. The company now was being driven by the sons of the founder. Under this new leadership, the company starting developing a plethora of complications and transformations. Thus during this time span, it was successful in building repeater watches, chronographs and calendar watches and provided complicated watch movements to other companies. About 1890 the number of different LeCoultre watch movements had already reached 125.
The Rise of Jaeger-LeCoultre
In the year 1903 Jacques-David LeCoultre, grandson of the founder Antoine, in Paris met the Alsatian Edmond Jaeger, who was a talented and ambitious watchmaker settled in Paris. This partnership brought LeCoultre to the luxury watch market. Following a series of successful collaborations for decades Jaeger and LeCoultre joined heads to become Jaeger LeCoultre. Thus in 1937, the company was officially named to Jaeger LeCoultre. The two watchmakers lead the company to international success. Later came the series of back to back inventions by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
It started with the creation of Duoplan watch, in 1925 - a timepiece whose parts are arranged on split-levels allowing sensational accuracy and the possibility to exchange the entire movement in minutes. Another milestone was the 1928 launch of Atmos, a desk clock fitted into a glass globe, which derives its winding energy solely from changes in atmospheric pressure and temperature. Under the independent guidance of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the house launched the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso – one of the most famous JLC watch models among the company collection and one of the most iconic timepieces in fine watchmaking.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was launched in 1931. The birth of watch occurred amidst the challenge, that the model should withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India. Living up to its expectations, the watch comprised of a mechanism that enabled the watch glass to survive the possible mallet strokes experienced during a polo game. The JLC Reverso watch is acclaimed by the elegant case that slides along its base to rotate on itself. The rotation of its case is an invitation to play with the time. While traversing more than 70 years of journey, Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso has not only become a legend, but also a jewel in the watchmaking. Until today the JLC Reverso enjoys great popularity among watch enthusiasts worldwide. It has significantly boosted the international success of Jaeger-LeCoultre and is presently available in many versions that reflect the stylish design accent of Art Deco times. Apart from the JLC Reverso Classique, there are numerous other variations in the model available today. For instance - the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille is confined in a larger casing while the Reverso Duoface comes equipped with a dual-faced design and dual time zone function. An automatic movement evidently powers the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Grande Automatique and the Reverso Grande Complication à triptychs is completely a distinct model because it features all 19 complications of a watch.
Jaeger LeCoultre Master control
The Master Control collection made its debut back in 1992. The Jaeger LeCoultre watch Master Control line comprises of rounded, simple watches that are elegant and have pure lines. The soberness of its shape highlight the functions.
The quality, uniqueness, and reliability of its movements from the manufacturer have made it a legend. The legibility of the functions of Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control watches reaches a level of absolute clarity. Due to the esthetical and balanced details, their spheres are highlighted by asymmetric details that progressively become to the special characteristics of the most recent performances of JLC Master Control. They are encapsulated into the cases made up of stainless steel, with polished bezels and flat surfaces, while the casebands are brushed for more contrast and enhanced casual look. The thickness and diameters are perfectly controlled, so the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-thin collection remains balanced and does not lose the vintage appeal of its dials. To complement the look, they are available in a dark blue alligator strap with steel pin buckle which makes it suitable for any kind of vintage-like leather strap. These line of watches represent the values of pure, classic watchmaking, with a focus on simple aesthetics, functionality.
The Master Control watch has a golden rule: the most complicated are their calibers, more simple, comfortable and lucid must be their utilization. Their appearance contributes to the performances in 1950, their reliability must reply to superior demands.
The watches by Jaeger-LeCoultre are packed with the technical aesthetics and emphatic designs elements. Thus these are a great choice of collection for any ardent watch lover.