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Jaeger LeCoultre watches

Jaeger LeCoultre watches

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The Founding of the Seminal Organization
In 1833 Antoine LeCoultre (1803-1881) founded a small workshop, which was to become the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The micrometre
In 1844, LeCoultre measured the micrometre (μm) for the first time; he created theworld's most precise measuring instrument, the millionometer (a device capable of measuring to the nearest thousandths of a millimetre).
The keyless works
In 1847, LeCoultre created a revolutionary system that eliminated the need for keys torewind and set watches. A push-piece activated a lever to change from one function toanother.
Early awards & recognition
In 1851 at the first Universal Exhibition in London, LeCoultre was awarded a gold medalin recognition of his collective works in the fields of precision and mechanization.
The founding of the
 Manufacture
Elie LeCoultre, Antoine's son understood that it was necessary to control all the differentstages of manufacturing and assembly. In 1866 he transformed his workshop into a
manufacture
. Under one roof, his employees were to pool their know-how, enabling themto meet the most incredible challenges. In 1870 LeCoultre & Cie manufactured thecomponents of complicated movements using mechanized processes. Within 30 years,thanks to the marriage of hand and machine, the Manufacture created more than 350different calibers of which 128 were equipped with chronograph functions and 99 withrepeater mechanisms. Today the original workshop has expanded into an all inclusivemanufacturing facility, able to produce all components required for a Jaeger-LeCoultretimepiece. Recently, construction has begun to expanded the workshop even further.Jaeger-LeCoultre continues to produce luxury timepieces that pass the test of time and areconsidered by connoisseurs to be among the very best in the world.
Nineteenth century achievement
 
1844 Invention of the Millionometer.
1847 Invention of the crown winding system.
1851 Gold medal at the Universal Exposition in London.
1867 LeCoultre becomes the first Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux.
1890 The Manufacture makes 125 simple calibers and 31 complicated calibers.
A relationship with Patek Philippe
From 1902 and for the next 30 years, LeCoultre & Cie produced most of the movement blanks for Patek Philippeof Geneva.
The coming together of Jaeger & LeCoultre
In 1903, the Parisian Edmond Jaeger challenged the Swiss to manufacture ultra-thincalibers of his own design. Jacques-David LeCoultre, grandson of Antoine undertook thechallenge.
A relationship with Cartier
Cartier ,a client of Edmond Jaeger for several years signed an exclusive contract with theParisian watchmaker in 1907 under which agreement Jaeger, LeCoultre & Cie crafted thestunning watch creations of Cartier.
Twentieth century Achievements
Out of the two men's friendship was to emerge one of the most beautiful collections of ultra-thin pocket watches, followed by other creations that would culminate in the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand. In 1907 the JLC Caliber 145 set the record for the thinnest movement at1.38 mm. However, there were many other achievements of Jaeger-LeCoultre:
1903 World's thinnest pocket watch movement.
1925 Invention of the Duoplan watch.
1930 Manufacturing of the Atmos clock (after purchasing the patent from Jean-Leon Reutter, who invented it in 1920)
1929 World's smallest movement Caliber 101, barely 1 gram and composed of 74 parts.
1931 8-day double-barrel wristwatch Caliber 124.
1931 Creation of the Reverso, designed in Paris by René-Alfred Chauvot and patented on March 4, 1931.
1932 creation of the Uniplan wristwatch.
1937 Official renaming of the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand.
1938 Compass miniature camera.
1941 Jaeger-LeCoultre earns the highest distinctions from the NeuchâtelObservatory for its Jaeger-LeCoultre tourbillon Caliber 170.
1946 First Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic watch, caliber 476.
 
1950 Creation of the Memovox, calibers 489 and 814.
1953 Creation of the Futurematic, automatic watch with no winding-crown.
1956 First automatic alarm wristwatch, the automatic Memovox produced between 1956 and 1968, it is equipped with Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 815.
1958 Geophysic Chronometer, caliber 478BWSbr 
1961 Deep Sea Alarm - world's first dive watch with alarm movement! Calibre815
1962 Ultra-thin Caliber 838.
1967 Jaeger-LeCoultre takes part in the creation of the first quartz wristwatch inwatch making history, the Beta 2.
1979 Merger of Jaeger-LeCoultre Genève with the manufactureLeCoultre in LeSentier 
1980 Re-introduction of the long-abandoned Reverso in a new and slimmer design requiring the invention of the first semi-circular sapphire glass.
1980 Presentation of the first ultra-slim quartz-mouvement 602 followed by the603
1980 Re-creation of the worlds smallest watch-mouvement - caliber 101
1980 Caliber 839 is the basis for the re-launch of Breguet
1981 Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 606 with date display and centre seconds is thethinnest in its category.
1981 Radical redesign of the ATMOS-clock with fewer moving parts
1981 JaegerLeCoultre takes over the watch division of Jaeger France fromMATRA thus unifying the brand world-wide
1982 Caliber 601 earns the title of the world's thinnest movement, and the sameyear the caliber 608 becomes even thinner.
1982 Creation of the Jaeger-LeCoultre museum in LeSentier 
1983 To celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Manufacture the companymanufactures a limited series of the smallest ever made rectangular complications : month/day/date/phase de lune/petite seconde
1983 Caliber 889, with jumping date display is a vivid example. In 1992, this will become the movement which equips the very first watch to surmount the rigorousMaster 1000 Hours test.
1989 Grand Réveil, automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 919 comprises no lessthan 350 parts, a perpetual calendar with moon phases and alarm.
1990 Géographique, Caliber 929 with 24 time zones, day-night indication, power-reserve and a high-frequency balance.
1991 Reverso 60ème manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 824.
1992 Master 1000 Hours, based on an unparalleled set of strict standards, the battery of tests composing the Master 1000 Hours control procedure guarantee theexceptional reliability and precision of the first Master Control.
1993 Reverso tourbillon.
1994 Reverso a minute repeater; Reverso Duo, Caliber 854.
1996 Reverso with a retrograde chronograph.
1998 Reverso with a time-zone mechanism in 1998.
2000 Reverso with a perpetual calendar.

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