A timepiece that brings to life a legendary story revolving around how it was created, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was invented in 1931 in response to a challenge laid down by British officers who were stationed in India. The officers wanted a watch crafted that could withstand a polo match, something that could have the face turned around to protect the dial and face. This design was much more than just a sports watch and presented a unique elegance, an art deco inspired piece that was appealing to men and women.
Watches that are created with striking complications are the most difficult of horological designs and even if they make it to manufacturing it is difficult to insure they will be trouble free. One brand has invested time, energy, research and development on these chiming timepieces and it is no surprise that the Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is no exception. Jaeger LeCoultre patented what they refer to as the crystal gong because it utilizes a crystal/foil layering technique that has the gongs attached to a layer of metallic foil coating the crystal. The crystal then is pressed into a white gold case, a technique that they found provides the best acoustics and helped them to create these masterpieces.
Everyone wants exquisite quality and sophistication when they purchase an elegant timepiece. When you have the ability to customize a watch and have that exclusivity as well, you have obviously purchased a Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watch. This program was unveiled as part of the brand’s 85th anniversary, and provides the customer with the ability to craft their own masterpiece of horological excellence. Allowing dozens of dial and strap options, the brand offers at least 5277 combinations, and with the the three new dial options for the men’s collection that number will increase.
Geophysic collection of Jaeger-LeCoultre has officially presented a unique model, as well as a unique family of movements, which are not only for the novelty of Jaeger-LeCoultre, but also represents a new proposal for collectors. We mean the model of Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second. The new manufactory clockwork automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre, Calibre 770, a complication of the second hand unhesitating “True second”, which means that, contrary to mechanical movements, the second hand actually ticks. The traditional name of complication – “Deadbeat seconds”.
Almost all the major jewelry and watch companies in Europe were customers of LeCoultre. Using the most advanced technology has allowed it to occupy a dominant position on the market in the last century.
Jaeger-LeCoultre – is a double name. The oldest of its half – LeCoultre, is a company founded in 1833 by a man named Antoni LeCoultre in the town of Le Sentier, near Geneva. The territorial and ideological proximity to the industrial-oriented IWS (International Watch Co. Schaffhausen), probably influenced on commercial orientation of the company. In contrast to the IWS, which united the whole cycle of metal production for wheels up painting boxes, LeCoultre tried to sell bare mechanisms. The company greatly owes its heyday immense to Russian market. Heinrich Moser and Pavel Bure, the two largest productivity-driver’s watches and importer in Russia, used the best products and mainly mechanisms of LeCoultre. More specifically, if there was something good for these big-name brands, it LeCoultre. It is worth to mention that for the unique individual orders Moser used the mechanisms of the company Meylan and Pavel Bure buys Le Roy.
The world of watchmaking has always been competitive and introduces so many wonderful choices for amazing timepieces. However, standing above the rest is the latest collection from Jaeger-LeCoultre, offering three new Hybris Artistica Versions of the Spherotourbillon watch. The real basis for these spectacular pieces is that this brand is one of the few true horological manufacturers that does extensive in-house production on almost every aspect of watchmaking.
The brand showcases around 1300 different movement and holds 350 patents. While they do supply a number of Swiss watchmakers, they have under their roof skilled craftsman who possess and practice over 180 talents. This latest collection is a testament to the artistic abilities and features the skills of these experts, while also breathing new life into the brands most iconic timepieces.
Considered a true masterpiece in the world of luxury timepieces, the Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931 Chocolate Watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre is legendary. Inspired by the Art Deco movement, the manual winding mechanical movement, the refined dial and exceptional finishing all showcase the mastery of watchmaking traditions. Originally crafted for polo players, this timepiece design was brilliant from the beginning, and has only been improved upon with the latest improvements.
The rose gold case, the brown dial, and the brown Casa Fagliano cordovan leather strap, are just the exquisite asthetics that draw your attention, the magnificence lies beneath the surface. For anyone wondering who Casa Fagliano is and what his part is in all this, he is a leather specialist in Buenos Aires and the go to person for polo players looking for an excellent pair of boots. So who else would the brand turn to for quality and beauty to finish such an amazing timepiece.
Year after year since 1931 Jaeger-LeCoultre has allowed their passion to fuel new additions to the Reverso Collection and now at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie watch fair in Geneva the brand has returned the timepiece to form and it is in the best shape ever. The foundation that built this remarkable timepiece has remained true to the design and each and every model that has graced the collections.
Sometimes when a brand introduces new additions to a series it loses the base inspiration and heritage of the original, but that is not the case here. This year the Grande Day & Night is powered by a new automatic caliber, and is ultra-thin, but still is connected to the roots of the original. In reality, it is such that when a person wants to explore the series, they can’t just pick one, they have to look at the entire series as a whole, and the brand in order to appreciate the relationship.
While every watchmaker is respected for their expertise or unique styles, one horological expert, Jaeger-LeCoultre, a famed Swiss watchmaker is treasured around the globe for making timepieces with design excellence and slim styles. Luxury at its best, these designs are timeless and one of the main reasons this brand has continued to excel. The latest releases for this brand are similar to one of the earlier designs, the New Master Ultra-Thin Collection is Purists’ idea of classic elegance.
The sleek small case is featured at a diameter of 38.5mm and a thickness of only 7.58mm. Of course besides the amazing and pleasing aesthetics of the timepiece, it is powered by the brands proprietary automatic Calibre 896, which boasts a balance rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Clearly one of the most important timepiece manufacturers, the brand has revolutionized the watch making industry with manufacturing enhancements and scientific breakthroughs.
The highly respected brand has proven their expertise in this latest release, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition a Quantieme Perpetuel 8 Jours SQ watch. This model drew inspiration from a 1928 pocket watch, and in a limited edition collection of only 200 timepieces, the brand demonstrates all the skilled mastery of skeletonizing, enameling, and engraving. A remarkable piece whose skeleton movement is embellished entirely by hand, and the dial features guilloché work, and a translucent blue enamel.
The only perpetual calendar timepiece with an 8-day power reserve, it is mechanically programmed through the year 2100 and activated by a single date-corrector. The crafting on this masterpiece utilizes some of the highest artistic talents. Skeletonising a movement requires the utmost in precision, understanding the design of the Calibre 876, and then determining which components can be safely pierced and which can be cut away. Once the plan was developed the master designer and his team carefully began the process, each and every piece of the movement are then polished, beveled, and engraved, all by hand, one at a time.