Jaeger LeCoultre’s luxury watches include some of the most complicated and beautiful ever designed. The Hybris Mechanica a Grande Sonnerie is both a masterwork of complications and a contender for world’s most expensive timepiece. The Reverso, designed in 1931, is still recognised as a design icon. Innovative, classical and beautiful, a Jaeger LeCoultre luxury watch is a statement like no other.
Say the name ‘Jaeger LeCoultre’, and you conjure an image recognised the world over. The face of the legendary Atmos clock, the most revered piece of horological engineering in human history. This masterwork of timekeeping loses just one day every 3,821 years, and is powered entirely by changes in atmospheric pressure.
The Swiss nation is so proud of the Atmos that it is traditionally presented to visiting heads of state. JFK was given one. So was Charlie Chaplin. An Atmos sat in the private studies of Winston Churchill and General de Gaulle. In this gift-giving tradition, Jaeger LeCoultre has achieved an honour distinguishing it from any other manufacturer of luxury watches. From a nation of master horologists, it is a Jaeger LeCoultre machine that is chosen as the emissary of precision and reliability. Other maisons de haute horlogerie create timepieces of startling beauty and mechanical accuracy: but it is only Jaeger that has come close to achieving the immortal goal of perpetual motion.
The Atmos was unveiled in 1928 - just one year before Jaeger LeCoultre developed Calibre 101, the world’s smallest luxury watch movement. In 1931, again revealing a luxury watch design unlike any other, Jaeger LeCoultre debuted the Reverso: a sports watch with a reversible face, intended to keep the delicate calibre safe during polo matches.
Style and substance have always hallmarked Jaeger LeCoultre’s luxury watches. There’s a reason for every delicately-realised dial, a purpose behind each unique complication. 1938’s Tuile Duoplan split the Calibre 403 onto two levels, allowing the precise function of a large balance wheel in the operation of a tiny ladies’ timepiece. In 1947, Jaeger LeCoultre unveiled the Shark, a luxury tool watch with a unique style element: its bracelet was interchangeable, allowing the wearer to create an impeccable impression in the drawing-room and a robust look underwater.
From Minute Repeaters to calendar functions, Grand Complications to dress pieces, Jaeger LeCoultre’s luxury watches are a catalogue of horological perfection. Bold, technical, classical: there are many incarnations of the brand. But every Jaeger LeCoultre watch is unmistakably a member of an exclusive family.