Aesthetic Finesse of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s The Art of Precision at SIHH 2019
Jaeger-LeCoultre, a luxury brand which has made precision an art form in its own right, celebrates the art of precision at SIHH 2019 exhibition in Geneva
Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833. Its long history is rooted in the native soil of Vallée de Joux, near the Swiss Jura Mountains. Beyond the peaceful and calm atmosphere of the stunning landscape, the setting forged the very identity of the Manufacture, and over time, it fosters a tradition of precision, together with an artistic élan, which is profound and authentic.
For Jaeger-LeCoultre, the quintessence of the watchmaker’s art lies in achieving a perfect balance between precision techniques and the deft craftsmanship required to perform them. From the invention of the Millionomètre to the Gyrotourbillon, this balance is expressed in the diversity of the Manufacture’s Rare Handcrafts, also called “Métiers Rares®”, and the many-faceted expertise of its master watchmakers, to achieve a matching technical sophistication with aesthetic finesse.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has made precision an art form in its own right. This is because technical and mechanical precision are matched by the precision and artistry of the workmanship. Age-old skills like guillochage, engraving, gem-setting, and enameling are still at the heart of the expertise preserved in the Maison and its Rare Handcrafts or “Métiers Rares®”.
The legendary Manufacture has set two objectives from the outset, which are accuracy of the movement and technical precision. These goals both arise and grow in the natural setting of calm and serene Vallée de Joux. The Manufacture’s master watchmakers are deeply influenced and inspired by this inspiring environment, and as a result, they dedicate their heart and soul into every ingenious sketch, every oscillation of the balance wheel, and every escapement wheel—which, in turn, always pushes the boundaries of precision.
From its caliber to its case, every Jaeger-LeCoultre watch is entirely designed, manufactured and assembled under one roof. Almost 180 specialist skills and trades are assembled in our manufacture, along with nearly 1,250 calibers from the simplest to the most sophisticated and some 400 patents. The quest for precision is also reflected in milestones of pioneering invention, all of them world firsts. Antoine Le Coultre invented the first tools to cut the pinions, continued with the Millionomètre in 1844, first grande complication pocket watch in 1895, Chronomètre Geophysic in 1958, Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 920 in 1967, Master Control 1000 Hours in 1992, Gyrotourbillon 1 in 2004, Duomètre and Dual Wing concept in 2007, and finally Grand Prix de Chronométrie in 2009.
These achievements are constantly expanding with new precision inventions that recognise the Manufacture as the irrefutable gold standard worldwide. At Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, pursuit of excellence, attention to infinitely small details, and patience are imperative at every single stage of designing, assembling and finishing of each watch and clock.