Long known as "La Grande Maison" of the Vallee de Joux, Jaeger-LeCoultre has gained renown for its degree of self-sufficiency and innovation. Also called, "The Watchmaker's Watchmaker," JLC has served as a silent partner to luminaries including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin during their development of countless classics.

Antoine LeCoultre founded the firm bearing his name in 1833 in Le Sentier, Canton of Vaud. LeCoultre's first two decades focused on the development of precision watchmaking tools rather than entire watches, but the company eventually entered the pocket watch arena. By 1850, LeCoultre was a full-fledged watchmaker with a growing catalog of original innovations; by 1900, the company was a major power in Swiss watchmaking with hundreds of original calibers - including 200 minute repeaters - to its credit.

The first half of the 20th century brought a union with Edmond Jaeger's eponymous instrument manufactuer and wholesale adoption of the wristwatch as the company's focal point. The 1931 Reverso, which featured a reversible case, emerged from this period as the newly-formed Jaeger-LeCoultre's most enduring product.

Success with alarm watches, dive watches, and chronometers during the 50s and 60s gave way to an identity crisis and struggle for survival during the 70s. Jaeger-LeCoultre joined several other watchmakers in the portfolio of German telecom titan VDO at the close of the decade, and the resulting stability gave the Le Sentier icon a basis for a comeback.

The revival of the Reverso during the early 80s served as a launching point to enter the emerging complications sector during the 90s. With a characteristic combination of original engineering and imaginative design, JLC re-established itself as a power in the luxury watch sector. Now a member of the Richemont family of premier watchmakers, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains a point of reference for value, innovation, and savoir-faire.

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