Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Ultra Thin Date Q128258S Bucherer 174.8.37.S Blue Dial Automatic Men's Watch
Jaeger-Lecoultre Master Geographic 176.8.29.S B&P Q1428421 Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch
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About Jaeger-LeCoultre Watches
Few watch brands can command the respect that Jaeger-LeCoultre has cultivated over the last 180 years. In fact, Jaeger-LeCoultre is often referred to as “the watchmaker's watchmaker” thanks to its history of making reliable mechanical movements for other top tier timepiece brands. Founded as “LeCoultre" in 1833 by Antonie LeCoultre and then renamed Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937 when Edmond Jaeger joined, the company has created over 1,200 calibers over the course of its history.
In 1929, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled Caliber 101—the world’s smallest mechanical movement with 98 components and weighing an astonishing 1 gram. Nine decades later, Jaeger-LeCoultre still produces Caliber 101 inside some select ladies’ jewelry timepieces and it remains as the smallest mechanical movement in the market.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s signature watch is the Art Deco styled rectangular Reverso, a timepiece born in 1931 for polo players. Named after its clever swivel system that allows the case to flip around to hide the fragile dial side and expose the rugged caseback instead, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has gone from a sporting watch to an elegant dress watch, offered in countless sizes, styles, and complications.
In 1950, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the Memovox, a mechanical watch equipped with an alarm. It was then followed by the innovative Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Deep Sea in 1959, which was not only the brand’s first diving watch but the world’s first diving watch fitted with an alarm to remind divers that it was time to return to the surface. The Polaris Memovox joined the catalog in 1968, boasting a patented triple caseback system to allow the alarm sound to ring more clearly underwater. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre offers a collection of Polaris watches which mimic the double crown silhouette of the vintage ’68 version but redesigned in a range of functionalities. The second winding crown now serves to rotate the inner bezel found on the dial.
Developed in 1958 during the International Geophysical Year (an international scientific project with 67 participating countries studying geophysical activities), the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic model was one of the most precise and robust chronometers of its era to accompany explorers and scientists on their missions. The contemporary Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic collection offers watches that carry on the same spirit of exploration and precise timekeeping.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master collection houses the brand’s refined round dress watches, categorized into the Master Ultra Thin, the Master Grande Tradition and the Master Control lines. Jaeger-LeCoultre is particularly known for its expertise in making ultra slim timepieces. What’s more, in 1992, Jaeger-LeCoultre announced its “Master Control 1000 Hours” system of testing timepieces for 1,000 hours to exacting standards.
In 2007, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the Duomètre line, powered by movements that use the Dual-Wing concept that brings two mechanisms (one for timekeeping and the other for additional complications) together. The watches are classic in design, complete with traditional decorating techniques and often flaunting highly complex watch complications.
To remind the watch enthusiast community of its mastery in true haute horology, Jaeger-LeCoultre has the Hybris Mechanica series, which is a collection of limited edition grand complication timepieces.
From ultra-slim dress watches to rotating Reverso timepieces to complex grand complications, every piece that leaves the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture is one that represents the highest level of Swiss watchmaking expertise.