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In 1833 Antoine LeCoultre opened his factory in Le Sentier, located in the Valley de Joux Switzerland, and commenced manufacturing of watches. His development of new manufacturing tools and techniques pushed the watch making world into new boundaries of reality. Until this day many famous brands rely and utilize the movements of JLC (as it is affectionately called by its many fans). His motto was "We must base our experience on science." The combination years later of Antoine's grandson, David LeCoultre, who merged the company with Edmond Jaeger started the brand name Jaeger LeCoultre.
Antoine LeCoultre changed the watch-making world forever with the invention of a new system of winding, where it was no longer necessary to use keys to rewind and set watches. He devised a pushbutton that triggered a lever to switch from one function to another with much less effort on the part of the owner. This established Jaeger LeCoultre watch Company as the leading brand in user-friendliness.
1931 saw the birth of the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso watch collection originally created for polo players. Due to the extreme nature of the game, a player wearing a watch could easily be struck in the wrist with a club that would break the glass of a regular wristwatch. Therefore, JLC created watches which would be able to flip around to an all metal backing thereby protecting the timepiece. The Reverso Squadra watch series is the newest addition. In 2012, after an agreement with an Italian luxury brand Valenxtra, Jaeger LeCoultre offered two tone versions of this watch for ladies.Read more
The Ideale Ladies watch is a new design in the JLC line available with both quartz and mechanical movements.
The Jaeger Master Compressor and the Master Compressor Diving Series are collections of sport-designed watches with various levels of sophistication and complications. Each watch in this series is equipped with a butterfly crown which is water and shock resistant, each with various levels of complications.
The Master Control 1000 hour watch series is more classically designed round watches and have various levels of sophistication and complications starting with the classic automatic Master Control, and continuing through the Grand Complication featuring minute repeaters, tourbillons, and perpetual calendars.
The Master Amvox - Aston Martin line is sportier, but still offers unique and sophisticated complications. A 70 year relationship with the Aston Martin company has produced a Jaeger LeCoultre men's watch, the AMVOX1. Furthermore a classic Aston Martin from the nineteen thirty's had a dashboard that used JLC components.
Two more limited series from Jaeger LeCoultre include the Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1965 and the 1833 Collection - Limited Edition.
Jaeger LeCoultre subjects all of their watches through a most rigorous testing process, which far exceeds the highly regarded COSC testing process. Once the movements are completely cased as they would be utilized by the consumer, the watches are then submitted for an extremely rigorous, continuous 1000 hour test. Only after successfully passing this test will the watch be allowed to leave the factory. This ensures a very consistent and accurate timepiece distinguishing JLC from the rest.