Ever since the brand was established in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been enchanting lovers of beautiful objects. Its craftsmen and craftswomen, the guardians of the inventive spirit of company founder Antoine LeCoultre, pool their expertise to create collections that are as surprising as they are sophisticated: Reverso, Master, Rendez-Vous, Duomètre, Geophysic® and Atmos. This great brand continues to be inspired by its rich heritage and collections such as the Hybris Mechanica and Hybris Artistica bear witness to the creative passion that drives the men and women who work for it.
Watch brands today work to within tolerances of one micron. Rather surprisingly, it was a watchmaker, Antoine LeCoultre, who first measured the micron. Already as early as 1844, barely more than a decade after setting up his company, LeCoultre was producing components whose perfection could not be measured by existing tools. He therefore developed the “Millionomètre” to measure tolerances to within a micron.
It was in 1903 that Antoine LeCoultre’s grandson Jacques-David encountered Parisian Edmond Jaeger, who was inventing and producing ultra-thin mechanical watch calibres. After a friendship developed between the two gentlemen, they began to work together on ultra-thin watches. This led to the birth of the “knife” watch in 1907, which was the thinnest watch in the world at the time, with a LeCoultre 145 calibre that was just 1.38mm thick. It was the start of a long-lasting partnership between the two watchmakers.
In 1929 LeCoultre presented the world’s smallest mechanical watch movement, which was undoubtedly a precursor for the brand’s iconic Reverso model, launched in 1931, whose distinctive rectangular shape and Art Deco inspiration is still a cornerstone of the brand’s collection 85 years later.
It was not until 1937 that the Jaeger and LeCoultre officialised their partnership and created the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand.