About the brand
The watch company LeCoultre was founded in 1833 by the brothers Charles Antoine LeCoultre and François Ulysse LeCoultre in Le Sentier in the Vallée de Joux. The former was a brilliant craftsman who invested all of his energy into developing new manufacturing processes and production methods. His Millionometer of 1844 made it possible for the first time to measure mechanical components to the thousandth of a millimeter. His crown winding mechanism, developed in 1847, dispenses with the winding key then required by all other watches. At the 1st World Exhibition in London, LeCoultre won his first gold medal with a pocket chronograph, thanks to this new invention.
The company grew steadily, bringing all functions of watchmaking in-house for the first time. By 1860, LeCoultre already had 100 employees and came to become a dominant manufacturer of movements and watches. The company, now led by the sons of the founder, began building repeater watches, chronographs and calendar watches and provided complicated watch movements to other companies. About 1890 the number of different LeCoultre watch movements had already reached 125
By the turn of the century, LeCoultre was the leading manufacture of the Vallée de Joux. The company's leading position was due to the following masterpieces of watchmaking
- 1903: The flattest watch movements in the world mechanical movement with height 1.38 mm, chronograph movement with height 2.8 mm, repeater with height 3.2 mm
- 1929: The smallest watch in the world with 74 parts and a weight of only 0.9 grams
In the year 1903 Jacques-David LeCoultre, grandson of founder Antoine, in Paris meet the Alsatian Edmond Jaeger. This partnership brought LeCoultre to the luxury watch market. After decades of friendly relations with the manufacture, the company name was officially changed to Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937. Fearing anti-German sentiment due to World War II, the LeCoultre name was retained in the U.S. market.
Jaeger-LeCoultre became and remains a leader in the development of so-called form movements, in which the form of the movement, if necessary, takes advantage of the entire form of the case. For instance, rectangular watches can have wheels and gears pushed to the corners. Another noteworthy development was the 1925 launch of the Duoplan watch, which boasted sensational accuracy and the possibility to exchange the entire movement in minutes. The term, “Duoplan”, refers to the fact that the movement is constructed on two levels. Thereby the balance wheel at the lower level can be made larger and thus ensures greater accuracy. Another milestone was the 1928 launch of Atmos, a desk clock fitted into a glass globe, which derives its winding energy solely from changes in atmospheric pressure and temperature
About the Polaris
Drawing inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris timepiece, the Polaris Date watch in steel is equipped with a calendar and a rubber strap; it is water resistant to a depth of 20ATM. Bringing a contemporary touch to the Grande Maison tradition, it will delight modern day explorers
In House Caliber 899A/1
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