Friday, June 07, 2013
Long before techno companies conceived the idea of shrinking gadgets into more compact sizes, miniaturization has been the thing for premiere watchmaking company Jaeger Lecoultre. In 1929, the brand created the smallest mechanical movement in the world even up to present times, the Calibre 101. Only a very imaginative person and an exceptionally talented engineer could create a way to fit 74 complex parts – now 98 pieces after several innovative reinventions – into a tiny mechanism that weighs approximately one gram. Joallerie 101 Entrier in 1930 carried this amazing little movement. This haute horlogerie achievement has fuelled even more innovations and developments not just in the brand but across the whole industry.Even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England wore a Caliber 101 watch on her coronation. Jaeger Lecoultre goes to show that when one has great visions, he must also be able to think small.
Check out Jaeger Lecoultre’s timepieces at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.