Here at Armour Winston we of course have a fine selection of luxury watches such as Rolex, Cartier and Patek Philippe. However we also have a range of second hand luxury watches from some of the world’s most renowned Swiss watch houses, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, and IWC. As we have a couple of stunning Jaeger-LeCoultre watches at the moment, we thought it would be a great time delve into this iconic luxury watch manufacturer.
Jaeger-LeCoultre watches beautifully stylish and are considered one of the most sophisticated innovators of luxury timepieces. JLC watches combine an extremely high level of craftsmanship and design. Since the early part of the nineteenth century, they have not only fostered the heritage of invention, creativity and technical skill, but also constantly are in search of innovation.
Founder Antoine LeCoultre
The company began in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre, who set up his first watchmaking workshop in the small Swiss town of Le Sentier. He was a brilliant inventor and self-taught watchmaker. He concentrated on high-quality timepieces and required his suppliers to manufacture the quality to match his levels of accuracy. By using his newly invented ‘millionometer,' he was able to measure one micrometre. Antoine's son, Elie LeCoultre, followed in his father’s footsteps with the same eye for detail. He expanded his father's workshop to bring manufacturing in-house. Therefore from 1870, the LeCoultre factory began to produce its own complicated movements.
The introduction of Parisian watchmaker, Edmond Jaeger was another crucial part to the Jaeger-LeCoultre story. In 1903 he set Jacques-David LeCoultre, Antoine's grandson a challenge to produce a movement that would be the thinnest in the world. After four years, LeCoultre finished it, the calibre 145, a world record at 1.38mm thick. In 1937, the partnership, between them resulted in the Jaeger-LeCoultre name being born! Jaeger came up with amazingly innovative designs and LeCoultre was able to manufacture them. The partnership was perfect.
Today, JLC is certainly seen as a exquisite luxury watch brand and has been popular with many Hollywood celebrities over the years. Robert Downy, Jr. who plays Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies wore several different Jaeger LeCoultre watches while promoting the films. During Iron Man 2 he was seen wearing the AMVOX 3 Tourbillion (ref.Q193K450) in Platinum. Moving on to a different “Iron” related film, Meryl Streep, winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in “The Iron Lady”, notably wore a stunning Jaeger-LeCoultre 101 Etrier (ref. 2823411) for her appearance on the Red Carpet at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
We currently have a stunning Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor extreme chronograph (ref.Q1766410). This limited edition Jaeger LeCoultre in stainless steel is one of just 50 made worldwide with orange accents and is in perfect condition.
The Master Extreme was designed to venture into new worlds. We have touched on watches designed for extreme adventures a few times before, and this is no exception. To help with an adventure, this timepiece was deigned to survive in hostile environments, equipped with functions of great utility. There are three areas of the Master Extreme collection: Extreme LAB, Master Compressor and Deep Sea.
If you are a fan of these incredible watchmakers, do keep checking to see what JLC timepieces we have available in our ‘other fine brands’ tab!