Founded in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has had a highly successful and inventive history, developing over 1,200 mechanical calibres and registering over 400 Patents and playing a tremendous role in the development of the industry as a whole. Whether it is the world’s first keyless watch, its Calibre 101, the Futurematic, the Memovox or the iconic Reverso, it would be difficult to imagine a historical account of watchmaking without the mention of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
It is not commonly known that Jaeger-LeCoultre, in addition to producing movements for its own watches, has also produced movements for a number of famous watch houses such as Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Panerai and IWC. Indeed for most of the 20th Century, Jaeger-LeCoultre even supplied base movements to the great firm of Patek Philippe.
The company has always been a true ‘Manufacturer’ of the finest quality watch movements and has always manufactured all its own movements and unlike many others has never bought in movements from other manufacturers. This is very unusual because very often, high-end brands such as the ones above would buy in movements for particular needs. For example, in 1967 when Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin needed an ultra-thin automatic movement, they turned to Jaeger-LeCoultre, to produce one for them. Furthermore, the exquisite Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 920, is still in production and in use today by both Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet.
A truly underrated manufacturer in our humble opinion.