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'A veritable tool for life'Jaeger-LeCoultre advertisement, 1974

It stands to reason that many other manufacturers ask Jaeger-LeCoultre to produce movements for them. They have made parts for IWC, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe; even the dials in classic Aston Martin cars were produced by the venerable watchmakers. Their exquisite range caters for both classic and sporty tastes.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre History

The History of Jaeger-LeCoultre Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre watches are just so effortlessly stylish, but under that exotic skin lies some of the best watchmaking in the world, courtesy of the hard work and innovation of some of the brightest minds of the past two centuries.

It began in 1833, when thirty year-old Antoine LeCoultre set up a watchmaking workshop in the small Swiss town of Le Sentier. He focused his efforts on high-quality timepieces, but for his suppliers to manufacture the quality he needed required him to develop levels of accuracy better than currently existed. He did just that; using his newly invented 'millionometer,'he was able to measure one micrometre; one-millionth of a metre.

In 1847, using his unparalleled tolerances, LeCoultre designed a push button system that not only changed the function of the watch, but also eliminated the need for a key to wind it. This incredible dedication to innovation was not overlooked; LeCoultre was awarded a gold medal for his work at the Great Exhibition held at the Crystal Palace in 1851.

Antoine's son, Elie LeCoultre, exhibited the same desire for perfection when he expanded his father's workshop to bring manufacturing in-house. The scene was set; from 1870, the LeCoultre factory began to produce its own complicated movements, and by the end of the nineteenth century had produced over 350 different types of movement. Such was the quality of the components that another Swiss brand, Patek Philippe, had LeCoultre produce their movement blanks.

The introduction of Edmond Jaeger, a Parisian watchmaker with a penchant for ultrathin movements, marked the next milestone in the Jaeger-LeCoultre journey. In 1903 he set Jacques-David LeCoultre, Antoine's grandson, the ultimate challenge; to produce a movement he had designed that, if LeCoultre could make it, would be the thinnest movement in the world. After four years of work, LeCoultre finished it, the calibre 145, a world record at 1.38mm thick. The challenge evolved to incorporate the manufacture of the world's smallest movement too, which became the calibre 101, and weighed less than a gram.

By 1937, the friendship had become a partnership, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre name was born. With Jaeger's groundbreaking designs and LeCoultre's manufacturing prowess, Jaeger-LeCoultre would go on to become one of the world's greatest watchmakers. So impressive are Jaeger-LeCoultre movements that many other respected watch manufacturers use them in their own watches; Audemars Piguet, Panerai and Cartier, to name but three.

Such is the prowess of Jaeger-LeCoultre when it comes to revolutionising movements, that they even made a clock that is powered by as close as is possible to perpetual motion. Using a mix of temperature-sensitive materials, Jaeger-LeCoultre designed a set of bellows that expanded and contracted at the slightest temperature change, which powered their Atmos clock. Variation of a single degree was enough to charge the clock for two days.

The list of achievements goes on and on, and with a thousand different movements and 350 patents under its belt, it's easy to see why Jaeger-LeCoultre has earned its reputation for being a master watchmaker. And as for producing some of the most stylish wristwatches on the market? That just comes naturally.

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