Antoine Le-Coultre began making watches in 1833, in a workshop in Le Sentier, Switzerland. For the ensuing 180 years, the company has been at the forefront of luxury watch manufacture, with many firsts in the field.
LeCoultre was the first man to measure the micrometer, which is one-millionth of a meter, in 1844. He also created the millionometer, the first instrument capable of measuring such small sizes. Three years later he developed the first system that did not require keys to wind the watch.
It wasn’t until 1903, when Antoine’s son, Jacques-David, formed a partnership with Edmond Jaeger to make ultra-slim watches designed by Jaeger, leading to the formation of Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937. The company has a long history not only of manufacturing luxury watches, but also of supplying parts to many other luxury watch manufacturers. Cartier signed a contract with Jaeger in 1907 for exclusive rights to Jaeger’s movement designs for 15 years.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is still primarily based in Switzerland, but in celebration of its 180th-anniversary, has opted its Paris location. The Paris boutique is located at No. 7, Place Vendôme. The hotel was designed in the 17th-century by Louis XIV’s favorite architect, Mansart.
There will be sections in the two-floor boutique for different themes: feminine, classic, technical, etc. More than just a store offering the Jaeger-LeCoultre watches however, the boutique will serve as a testament to the company’s long history. Along a first floor wall there will be a display of the more than 1,000 movements created by the company over the last 180 years.
Matthew H for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s premiere source for buying and selling luxury watches and designer jewelry.