Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) is a Swiss luxury watch company. Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded the 19th century. Since its launch Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmakers have created more 1,242 calibers with records such as the smallest movement, the most complicated watch, and a near-perpetual caliber. Jaeger-LeCoultre has also registered more than 400 patents during the same time. Since 2000 Jaeger-LeCoultre belongs to the Richemont Group (Piaget, Panerai, Van Cleef, IWC). There are LeCoultre family records going back to the 16th century. After having invented a machine to cut watch pinions from steel in 1833, Antoine LeCoultre founded a small watchmaking office for high-end watches. The world's most precise measuring instrument, the Millionomètre, was created soon thereafter in 1844. Antoine and his son, Elie LeCoultre, then started the Vallée de Joux’s first fully integrated manufacture, LeCoultre & Cie - a system that is the predecessor for most of today's watch manufactures. Until the early 19302 LeCoultre & Cie. produced most of the movement blanks for Patek Philippe. Notable JLC inventions are the Jaeger-LeCoultre keyless watch, LeCoultre Calibre 145, Jaeger-LeCoultre Grandes complications. Among the historic watches are the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duoplan, Jaeger-LeCoultre Joaillerie 10, Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos, Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox, Geophysic. Notable JLC models include the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master, Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre, Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-vous, Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox, Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos, Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica, Jaeger-LeCoultre Haute Joaillerie, Jaeger-LeCoultre Aston Martin, Jaeger-LeCoultre Valextra. For all Jaeger-LeCoultre prices and the Jaeger-LeCoultre price list please contact a certified dealer of the brand. WatchTime has a Jaeger-LeCoultre pronunciation guide for non-French speakers. Specific models that are very popular with collectors (for both Jaeger-LeCoultre men's watches and Jaeger-LeCoultre women's watches) are the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, or JLC Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control, or JLC Master Control, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Compressor, Jaeger-LeCoultre Mastercontrol Geographic, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Geographic. WatchTime covers Jaeger-LeCoultre news, reviews and tests of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches including the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso line, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Navy SEALs Master Compressor diving watch (JLC Navy Seals) and other Jaeger-LeCoultre watch updates as well as articles about Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) inventions.

Dive Watch Wednesday: How the Rotating Bezel Landed on the Dive Watch

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In the third part of our ongoing series on the basics of the dive watch, we at Diveintowatches.com explained about how its most characteristic feature works. In this edition, we dive a little bit deeper and discover its origins. … [Read more...]


5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

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As we've seen in recent years — and most especially at this year's SIHH — watch brands are pulling out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those super-slim movements and cases. Here are five recent examples of timepieces that (at least for the moment) have set records for thinness in their respective categories. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy Seals

In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a limited-edition version of its Master Compressor Diving watch designed with the input of United States Navy SEALs. WatchTime got hold of one and put it through our in-depth watch testing gauntlet. Scroll down to see the results of the test, originally published in our print edition, along with photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907

We at Monochrome Watches do get our share of impressive timepieces to wear, but a watch that is (almost) the thinnest watch in the world still manages to impress. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907, introduced earlier this year during the SIHH in Geneva, is thin as a razor, superbly legible, and very stylish. We’ve reviewed this 4.05-mm thick (or thin) watch for you. … [Read more...]


Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

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Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. … [Read more...]


Watch Wallpaper: 12 Skeleton Watches

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Growing fascination with the inner workings of mechanical watches has sparked a boom in skeletonized looks. Scroll down to download wallpaper images of skeleton watches from Breguet, Cartier, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and many other skeletonized watches from 12 luxury brands, to decorate your desktop. … [Read more...]


For Veterans’ Day: 6 “Tribute to the Military” Watches

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The United States celebrates Veterans Day today, a holiday that honors America's armed forces. We decided to mark the holiday, and those men and women who've served or are currently serving in the military, by showcasing six watches made especially to honor certain branches of the armed forces and those that support them. Herewith, our six "Tribute to the Military" watches. … [Read more...]


An Icon of Wristwatch History: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

WatchTime explores the story behind one of the world’s iconic watches, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. This free download showcases the Reverso in all of its many versions – from models that display time on both the front and back, to others whose casebacks are engraved or otherwise decorated, to double-dialed watches that feature different functions on each dial. Over its long history, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has become available in various materials and sizes and offers a diverse array … [Read more...]


“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

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One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]


Wake-Up Time: 5 Luxury Watches With Mechanical Alarms

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They're not as sexy as tourbillons or as impressively complicated as perpetual calendars, but mechanical alarm watches may possess one of the more useful complications for a weary traveler or an overworked executive who might need a little reminder about that big board meeting. In a way, it's curious that more watch brands haven't embraced them. Here are five worth noting. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]


Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that are clad in black from head to toe. … [Read more...]


Back to the Past: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin 1948

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948

The iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has had many incarnations since its debut as a watch for polo players in 1931. One of the most recent is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948, a classically elegant watch that revives the look of the Reverso model that heralded the style of the 1950s. … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: 24 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

Oris World Timer watch

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, we profiled Oris Watch CEO Ulrich Herzog and reveal how he steered the company to an all-mechanical future during the heart of the Quartz Crisis. Here are 23 milestone moments in the history of Oris watches, from its founding in 1904 to the present day. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

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Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre

Regular readers of my "Fratello Friday" posts know that I'm a sucker for Omega’s Speedmaster Professional, a.k.a the "Moonwatch." Today's post, however, concerns a different type of "moonwatch," namely the type with a moon-phase indicator. … [Read more...]


Concept to Caliber: The Story Behind Audemars Piguet’s Manufacture Caliber 3120

Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120

In this in-depth profile from the WatchTime archives, discover how Audemars Piguet brought its manufacture movement, Caliber 3120, to life, from concept to finished caliber, and see behind-the-scenes photos of Audemars Piguet watchmakers at work assembling the movement. … [Read more...]


Press Release: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier & More – The History of Wristwatches

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New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released a “A Wristwatch Timeline: The First 100 Years,” a comprehensive feature tracing the history of the wristwatch. Starting in the pivotal year of 1914, this illustrated timeline depicts the most important watch models and watch-industry milestones of the last century. … [Read more...]


The World’s Most Expensive Watches: 8 Timepieces Over $1 Million

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Silicium

We've all experienced sticker shock while perusing the world's most expensive watches. There are even a few brands for which six-figure price tags are the norm — "expensive watches" by almost anyone's definition. But a handful of luxury watches go well beyond "pricey" and into the rarefied "million dollar watch" category, i.e., costing more than $1 million. We've compiled eight of the world's most expensive watches, all breaking the $1 million ceiling, in which the only things grander than the … [Read more...]


Need for Speed: 10 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

2012 Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by automobile racing. As a partner with Lamborghini in the all-Lambo Super Trofeo auto racing series, Blancpain produces a line of Super … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

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A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list last year, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches. … [Read more...]


Which Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2013?

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As we reveal in our July-August issue, on sale July 15, watch brands spent almost half a billion dollars on advertising in the U.S in 2013. The total was $492.68 million: a record high, and up 23.3 percent from the 2012 total. That figure comes from Kantar Media, which each year compiles estimates of ad spending for a range of different products. The figures for 2013 signal that the U.S. watch market is still growing, especially as Swiss luxury brands turn their sights back from China to this … [Read more...]


Press Release: WatchTime Special Issue Explores the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

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New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its 2011 special issue on Jaeger-LeCoultre — “80 years of the Reverso” — as a digital download. This special edition is packed with feature articles and interviews, all filled with information and photos, about the famous Reverso watch, an icon of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s collection. The history of this cult-favorite watch is also illustrated and reconstructed in a comprehensive catalog. Modern Reverso … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]


Press Release: WatchTime E-Special: The Watches of SIHH 2014

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New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has published its latest E-Special, "The Watches of SIHH 2014." This digital download edition contains WatchTime's complete coverage of the new watches, trends, and industry news from the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), an exclusive annual event for the luxury watch industry, which takes place in Geneva and showcases important watch brands premiering their latest watches. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Watches That Deserve a Re-Edition

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Ever since the revival of mechanical wristwatches in the 1990s, brands are eager to re-launch some of their successful models from the past. This makes total sense, since some of the brands out there have an impressive and interesting history behind some of their watches. The most famous ones are, of course, the TAG Heuer Monaco and Carrera, the Omega Seamaster PloProf, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea, more or less all Panerai's models, and so on. But what about some of these historic watches that … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Chronograph Watches: Are These The Best Chronographs?

Cartier Montre Calibre de Cartier

Top chronograph watches remain incredibly popular, even if most of us don't even use their signature chronograph watch functions. I am no exception; along with GMT/UTC functions, chronographs are one of my favorite complications. For all chronograph fans like myself, I have compiled a top 10 list of my personal best chronographs and best chronograph watches here and on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. All watches are relatively new, either from 2013 or 2014. The list will be updated throughout the … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi Bezel”

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When Rolex unveils a new watch, it does it exactly when it wants to do it. As we told you before, when we were guessing what the new Rolex watches for 2014 would be, Rolex can be even more secretive than the famous Swiss banks. Our guesses turned out to be pretty accurate, and one of the models that we were hoping to see was the new Rolex GMT-Master II with red/blue "Pepsi" bezel. However, The new "Pepsi" elicited some rather mixed emotions at Monochrome headquarters. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value? (Part 1)

Patek Philippe Nautilus

It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? In this week's Fratello Friday, I'll attempt to provide guidance on this, not so much from facts and figures but based on experience, and on opinions that I have heard through the years. … [Read more...]


Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 Military Watches With NATO Straps

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

In recent years I've taken to "pimping out" my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. At this year's Baselworld, I found that I may have helped start a military watches trend, as I saw many new watches that had these military-style cloth straps as original equipment. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I showcase 10 of these military watches. … [Read more...]