Jaeger-LeCoultre surprises with the The Collectibles, a brand new product program that’s geared to collectors of classic items. Launched to coincide with the anniversary of 190 years, it would kind a part of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ongoing provide.
The Collectibles presents a meticulously curated assortment of twelve uncommon and sought-after timepieces that symbolize horological milestones, not solely in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s legacy but in addition within the watchmaking historical past of the Twentieth century.
“With Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most emblematic timepieces being more and more sought-after by collectors, we’re delighted to introduce The Collectibles,” says Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre. “Along with a brand new grasp reference ebook for our Maison’s most emblematic fashions of the Twentieth century, this new program presents a novel alternative to accumulate a chunk of the manufacture’s historical past.” Catherine Rénier
Over time, a regularly evolving collection of timepieces can be accessible to buy on the model’s web site and within the type of capsule collections that can journey world wide.
Among the many first to be supplied are superb examples of a Geophysic, a Memovox Parking, and a Grasp Mariner Deep Sea (pictured from left to proper). Each Collectibles timepiece is introduced with an extract from the Jaeger-LeCoultre archives, a brand new watch strap and a complimentary copy of The Collectibles coffee-table ebook. As well as, when accessible, the unique field and papers, and unique strap or bracelet can be included. It goes with out saying that each timepiece supplied by The Collectibles is totally vetted by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s historic specialists and absolutely serviced and restored by the specialised watchmakers of La Grande Maison’s restoration workshop.
At present numbering 10 specialists, the restoration staff can undergo the Manufacture’s archives and discover the blueprint of each piece ever made, and in some circumstances additionally discover a inventory of unique spare parts. If there isn’t any part at hand, there’s a inventory of some 6,000 swages or stamps that they will use to make an similar part from scratch. As a result of the manufacture is absolutely built-in, the complete course of will be carried out in-house. Whereas the mechanical restoration might, in some circumstances, be important, the intervention on the case and dial have to be saved to a minimal, since an excessive amount of work would alter the historic nature of the piece for collectors; subsequently, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Heritage staff seeks watches which are as shut as potential to their unique situation.
“Having the ability to restore these exceptional timepieces and provide them as soon as once more is a pleasant tribute to our present setting, during which sustainability and second lives have come to the fore,” says Catherine Rénier. “It’s improbable to see 50- or 80-year-old items given a brand new life. For me, that symbolises the great thing about our world – of timeless and sturdy objects to be handed from one technology to the subsequent.” Catherine Rénier
The Collectibles coffee-table ebook covers the interval from 1925 to 1974, surveying 17 of probably the most important fashions produced by the Jaeger-LeCoultre throughout this ‘golden age’ of Twentieth-century watchmaking, such because the legendary Reverso.
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