JAEGER-LECOULTRE watch brand

JAEGER-LECOULTRE

The Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture was founded in 1883 by Antoine LeCoultre in the Vallée de Joux: the region of high complications.

With hundreds of patents and inventions, more than 1,000 calibers designed, developed and manufactured internally, iconic - or even legendary - models (Reverso, Atmos, Duoplan among others!), Jaeger-LeCoultre is today one the most important and innovative manufactures in watchmaking history.

 

The great Manufacture of the Joux Valley

Introduced to metal work at the family smithy, Antoine LeCoultre has a journey like no other - punctuated by groundbreaking inventions. His first invention? A machine designed for manufacturing cogs. This was followed by the millionometer in 1844: the most precise instrument to measure the micron. In 1847, he invents the first keyless watch - the key being replaced by a push button for winding and time setting.

In 1858, his son, Elie, joined the company at the age of 16. This was the start of a new era: exceptional industrialist, promoter of new manufacturing processes, creator of numerous calibers with complications, he transformed - in a matter of years - the family workshop into the first Vallée de Joux manufacture. In 1880, 500 employees worked for the manufacture, combining all the skills of watchmaking under one roof.

In 1903, Edmond Jaeger, great French watchmaker and fine micromechanics specialist, challenged the Swiss to manufacture the ultrathin calibers he invented. Jacques-David LeCoultre, Antoine’s grandson, passionately took up this challenge.

The collaboration and friendship between these two men gave birth to exceptional timepieces. In 1931, the “Spécialités Horlogères” brand was created when the Reverso model was launched. It was then rebranded Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937.

Ever since, the watches from the manufacture bear the Jaeger-LeCoultre signature - except products for the North American market in which the LeCoultre signature was kept until 1970.

Since 2000, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Richemont - the Swiss luxury group - affiliate.