Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded by Antoine LeCoultre in Switzerland’s Le Sentier in 1833. It wasn’t until 1903 that Edmond Jaeger, watchmaker to the French navy, started working for the company, and the name Jaeger-LeCoultre was registered in 1937. The company counts over 180 different horological skills under one roof and has created 1200 calibers over the years.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is renowned for its numerous iconic creations, including the Reverso with its reversible case, the Gyrotourbillon multi-axis movement, the sporty Memovox line, and its extraordinary Atmos clocks. The company has been owned by the Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A since 2000.
Five interesting facts about Jaeger-LeCoultre
- At the end of the 1800s, Jaeger-LeCoultre was called “The Grande Maison of the Vallée de Joux”.
- Jaeger-LeCoultre made the world’s smallest mechanical movement, the Caliber 101, in 1929, a record that still stands today. In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II wore a watch with this movement during her coronation.
- In the 1920s and ‘30s, the company also made instruments for prestige car manufacturers under the name of Ed. Jaeger (London) Limited.
- Jaeger-LeCoultre is a partner of the Venice Film Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival, and presents the Glory to the Filmmaker Award each year.
- Famous people spotted wearing Jaeger-LeCoultre include Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm, Pierce Brosnan, Saif Ali Khan, Clive Owen, Adrian Brody, Antonio Banderas, Meryl Streep, and Al Pacino, among others.
Brand ID Card
Company status: Public limited company of the Richemont group
Senior Management: Catherine Rénier, CEO
Number of employees: 1,200
Retail prices in USD: From USD 4,200 to 1,580,000
Annual production: Undisclosed