Saturday, August 24, 2013
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a prestigious luxury watch manufacturer based Le Sentier, Switzerland. It was established in 1833 and since then has been the name behind hundreds of famous inventions in watchmaking such as the world’s smallest caliber, the world’s most complicated wristwatch, and even a remarkable timepiece with a near-perpetual movement. The company’s founder Antoine LeCoultre invented the most precise measuring instrument called Millionomètre in 1844, and three years later created a system that eliminated the need to rewind and set watches manually using keys. Not half a decade later, he was awarded a gold medal for his impressive works on timepiece precision and mechanization. Antoine set the tradition of break-through and innovation that the company is still hinged on today. Along the way, the name has astounded the world with nearly impossible horological feats like the production of its ultra-thin pocket watches – the thinnest in the world, grandes complications starting with its Gyrotourbillon I, and historic timepieces such as the Reverso and Douplan.
Find Jaeger-LeCoultre watches at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.