When talking about time, we talk about the physical magnitude of the period that elapses between two situations produced consecutively, in a few words, a situation that started in the past with a view to a future going through the presence of the situation.
The time allows ordering all the events in a certain sequence. This is how the man was able to conceptualize the past, the present and the future. Throughout history, the evolution in methods of measuring time has been remarkable, as a result of the creation of innovative instruments such as sun, sand, hourglasses or water clocks, etc.
For the nineteenth century, Antoine LeCoultre set up a small watchmaking workshop in Switzerland, in which he perfected his creative watchmaking talent. In 1844 he invented the most accurate measuring instrument in the world, the Millimetre instrument capable of measuring the micron; and for 1847 it eliminates the use of keys to wind the clocks and to adjust the time in them.
In the 1860s and 1870s, Antoine and his son decided to place different watchmaking trades under one roof and found the first partially mechanized watch manufacture with 500 employees. At the beginning of the 20th century, Edmond Jeager, a Parisian watchmaker and the sole supplier of the French Navy, proposed to the Swiss watchmakers a challenge, which consisted in producing the extra-flat calibers of this invention. LeCoultre & Cie accepts the challenge and creates a series of ultra-flat pocket watches.
In 1907 the jeweler Cartier, one of the main clients of Jeager, decides to sign an exclusive contract with the brand where all the watches manufactured during 15 years would be owned by the jeweler; and Jeager entrusts the manufacture of these watches to LeCoultre. As a result of that agreement, in 1937, the company Jeager-LeCoultre was born.
Since its foundation, Jeager-LeCoultre has manufactured more than 1,242 different calibers, more than 400 patents and has developed a hundred inventions.
The creations under the name of Jeager-LeCoultre show the company’s mission to combine tradition and innovation with the ultimate goal of measuring the passage of time.
Among the most emblematic models we have:
The Reverso was created in 1931 to withstand the onslaught that occurs in Polo games, by means of a turning mechanism that protects the sphere. It is considered an emblem object of Art Deco. It is still happening.
The Duoplan, with him, was able to combine miniaturization with precision, which by the time, 1925, was almost impossible.
The Joaillerie, 1929, is still today the smallest mechanical movement in the world.
Atmos is a pendulum endowed with an almost perpetual movement that does not require human intervention.
Memovox, 1950, was the first automatic watch with alarm clock in the history of watchmaking.
Geophysical, 1958, hermetic watch resistant to shock and magnetic fields.
Other models are Master Compressor, Duométre, Rendez-Vous, AMVOX, Hybris Mechanica and High Jewellery.
In 2011 Jeager-LeCoultre obtains the Responsible Jewellery Council Certification, as a brand that complies with established ethical, social and environmental standards.