Jaeger-LeCoultre is delighted to announce the launch of The Collectibles, a new program for collectors and enthusiasts who wish to acquire a piece of history from La Grande Maison. Introduced to coincide with 190 years of the Manufacture, it will form part of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ongoing offer.
The Collectibles showcases a meticulously curated collection of rare and sought-after timepieces that represent pinnacles for both Jaeger-LeCoultre and twentieth-century watchmaking.
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Over time, a continually evolving selection of timepieces will be available to purchase through The Collectibles on jaeger-lecoultre.com and in the form of capsule collections that will travel around the world.
Fine examples of a geophysic, a Memovox parking, a master mariner deep sea, and a shark deep sea are among the first to be offered. Every Collectibles timepiece is presented with an extract from the Jaeger-LeCoultre archives, a new watch strap, and a complimentary copy of The Collectibles coffee-table book. In addition, when available, the original box and papers and the original strap or bracelet will be included.
Every piece offered by The Collectibles has been thoroughly vetted by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s historical experts and fully serviced and restored by the Manufacture’s specialized watchmakers.
The restoration team, which currently consists of ten experts, can search through the manufacturer’s archives and find the blueprint for every piece ever made, as well as a stock of original spare components in some cases. If there is no component on hand, there is a stock of some 6,000 swages or stamps that they can use to make an identical component from scratch.
Because the Manufacture is fully integrated, the entire process can be carried out in-house. While the mechanical restoration may, in some cases, be significant, the intervention on the case and dial must be kept to a minimum, since too much work would alter the historical nature of the piece for collectors; therefore, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Heritage team seeks watches that are as close as possible to their original condition.
The Collectibles coffee-table book covers the period from 1925 to 1974, surveying 17 of the most significant models produced by the Manufacture during this ‘golden age’ of 20th-century watchmaking. Shining the spotlight on the pioneering spirit that has always driven La Grande Maison, the roll-call of ground-breaking innovations includes timepieces such as the Reverso, Memovox, Futurematic and Geophysic.
A full chapter is devoted to each of the 17 models, providing an encyclopedic history and including essential data for collectors, supplemented by detailed and informative photography, and copies of historic documents from the Manufacture’s archives.
While Jaeger-LeCoultre collectors and enthusiasts have always been able to glean information from a variety of different resources online and in print, this is the first time such detailed information on these key 20th-century models has been brought together in a single volume, written by the experts within La Grande Maison.
More than a collection of watches, The Collectibles provides a snapshot of a remarkable period in world history. Discover the Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece collections online or locate The Time Place boutique near you for a visit.