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The Collectibles 2023 MR PORTER Edition Hardcover Book
GBP 207
Reverso Tribute Duoface Calendar 49.4mm x 29.9mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Leather Watch, Ref. No Q3912530
GBP 24,596
Polaris Date Automatic 42mm Stainless Steel and Rubber Watch, Ref. No. Q9068671
GBP 8,314
Polaris Perpetual Calendar Automatic 42mm Stainless Steel Watch, Ref. No. 9088180
GBP 30,387
Master Control Date Limited Edition Automatic 40mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref No. Q4018480
GBP 7,970
Reverso Classic Large 27mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch
GBP 8,314
Reverso Classic Medium Hand-Wound 25.5mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref. No. Q2438522
GBP 8,084
Polaris Automatic Chronograph 42mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref. No. 9028480
GBP 11,180
Reverso Classic Large Duoface Hand-Wound 47mm x 28.3mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, Ref. No. Q3848422
GBP 10,722
Limited Edition Master Ultra Thin Kingsman Knife 18-Karat Rose Gold and Alligator Watch, Ref. No. 3402393
GBP 24,023

The History

LeCoultre & Cie was founded in 1833 by Mr Antoine LeCoultre, in Le Sentier – a small town in the Swiss Vallée de Joux. It soon became known as the “Grande Maison” of Swiss watchmaking by bringing together a wide range of crafts together in one facility. A merger with French watchmaker Mr Edmund Jaeger in 1937 created the brand we know today; it still champions its mastery of the 180 skills required to make a fine watch, combining cutting-edge machinery with the traditional ways of the finest artisans.


The Birth Of The Reverso

Legend has it that in the 1930s, a group of polo players on the fields of Jaipur ambushed Swiss watch dealer Mr César de Trey after a match and challenged him to make a watch robust enough to withstand the action. Jaeger-LeCoultre took on the challenge, answering with the Reverso of 1931 – literally revolutionary, as it allowed you to flip the case over, facing its metal caseback forwards and preventing yet another smashed dial crystal.


The Millionomètre

Jaeger-LeCoultre has always been serious when it comes to precision manufacture. Invented by Mr Antoine LeCoultre as early as 1844, the so-called “Millionomètre” was the first instrument capable of measuring down to a micron’s breadth – a micron being a millionth of a metre.

The Everlasting Clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atmos carriage clock has seemingly defied the laws of physics since 1928, perpetually tick-tocking without ever needing a re-wind. It comes down to a bellows-style gas chamber, which expands and contracts with variations in air temperature.

The Classic Alarm

The Polaris Memovox of 1968 was not only an exercise in ice-cool dial design but also the culmination of 18 years of alarm-watch innovation at Jaeger-LeCoultre, all based on a hammer repeatedly striking the inside of the case. This technology was first taken beneath the waves in 1959.

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