Jul 03 , 2020
We had a chance to find an uncased LeCoultre pocket watch movement dated from the 1900s. We have restored it and created a beautiful skeletonized wristwatch. But before we tell you a little more about our watch, there are 7 interesting facts about LeCoultre watchmaking company.
1. Jaeger-LeCoultre was established by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833.
2. One of Antoine LeCoultre's most important inventions was the Millionometre in 1844, which was the most precise measuring instrument in the world at the time. It is interesting to mention that for more than 50 years the construction of the Millionometer was kept as an exclusive company's secret. Only in 1900, it was presented at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.
3. In 1847 LeCoultre created a new crown winding system, which didn't require a special key to rewind and setting the time. Since there was no patent system in Switzerland until 1888, this invention quickly became a standard in the watchmaking industry.
4. By 1870, the small family-run manufacture LeCoultre & Cie had more than 500 employees and became known as the “Grande Maison of the Vallée de Joux”.
5. From the beginning of the 20th century and for the next 30 years LeCoultre was producing most of the watch movements for Patek Philippe and Cartier.
6. LeCoultre merged with Edmond Jaeger SA the Parisian watchmaker in 1937.
In 1903, grandson of Antoine LeCoultre has accepted a challenge set by french watchmaker Edmond Jaeger for Swiss watchmakers to build and produce the ultra-thin watch movements. The same year, Cartier, the french jeweler, signed a contract with Edmond Jaeger under which those ultra-thin movements were produced exclusively for Cartier for the next 15 years.
This collaboration between LeCoultre & Cie and Edmond Jaeger led the company to be renamed to Jaeger-Lecoultre.
7. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of only a few watchmakers that produce their movements solely in-house. He has made magnificent creations with grand complications, such as a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and the equation of time.
This week we had a chance to post a beautiful wristwatch, which was built on a base of the original Henry Capt mechanism. It was found in one of the online marketplaces. Unfortunately, it was sold without an original case. A lot of movements got scrapped for their precious metal (gold or silver) cases. The movement was completely disassembled, skeletonized, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. We have created a new engraved case and a new hand-crafted dial. After all the parts were put together, we repaired the movement, fully serviced, and tested it.