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Jaeger-LeCoultre

Swiss  •  b. 1833

Biography

Not all companies in the watchmaking field have been able to stand the test of time quite like Jaeger LeCoultre, also known as the "watchmaker's watchmaker." Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and originally named LeCoutre, the firm provided watchmaking's top brands, such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, the high-grade, unfinished mechanical movements with which they completed their watches.

In the early 1900s, Cartier's watch supplier Edmond Jaeger sought out LeCoultre's help in creating the world's thinnest watches. The collaboration resulted in the creation of Cartier's earliest Tank and Santos watches, all housed with LeCoultre movements. The duo decided to merge in 1937, and the firm officially became the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand by which collectors know and adore it today. Some of the firm's most significant and important timepieces include the Reverso, the Memovox, the Atmos clock and, among modern watches, their Master Complications.

Insights

  • Since its inception, LeCoultre has registered nearly 400 patents and created hundreds of inventions, the most noteworthy being the Millionmètre, the keyless watch and the calibre 145.

  • In 2000, Jaeger LeCoultre was purchased by Richemont, where it has continued to grow in popularity for its fine craftsmanship and high-quality movements.

"The highly acclaimed brand Jaeger LeCoultre is also known as the 'watchmaker's watchmaker.'"

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