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Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture visit with lots of photos

Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture visit with lots of photos

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Some weeks prior we were welcome to visit the Jaeger-LeCoultre produce, in order to see the Grande Complication Workshops during a processing plant tour.

After showing up in Le Sentier, where we will go through the day at the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufactory, we are welcomed by Marina Greene at the Lounge of the ‘Maison d’Antoine’. From here we have an incredible view over the Vallée de Joux.

Jaeger-LeCoultre make Grande Complication presentation

Our program starts at the Grande Complication Work shop where 12 watchmakers are chipping away at exceptionally complicated watch industrial facility Here, ace watchmaker Christian Laurent, gives us the Grande Complication Collection and an inside and out clarification of the Gyrotourbillon models.

Please note that a portion of the watch industrial facility shown are unfinished models and don’t address the last great completion you can expect on these top of the line watches.

Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced their first gyrotourbillon around 2005. Today there are 4 models highlighting this complication. The 2nd gyrotourbillon, in a Reverso case was made in 2009. Beating at 4 hz and utilizing a tube shaped winding (best found in the subsequent photograph) interestingly. This aides in getting better accuracy when the force save is getting low. Altogether there are around 100 sections in the gyrotourbillon confine alone. Gauging roughly  0.3 (!) grams in total.

Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2

Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2

Reverso Gyrotourbillon side-by-side

Talking about the Reverso Gyrotourbillon rendition 2 and 4. Where the previously was very thick and enthusiastic about the wrist, the new form that was introduced during the 2016 SIHH is much compacter.

Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 & 4 side-by-side

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 PROTOTYPE

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 PROTOTYPE

Master Grande Tradition

The shocking Master Grande Tradition with ‘ ‘, zodiac schedule and moment repeater.

We continue our visit at the ‘Métiers Rares‘ workshop. Stefan Richi, culinary specialist d’atelier, clarifies us the different artworks and procedures the craftsmans are dealing with. Back in the days every strength like plating and pearl setting had their own workshop. The Jaeger-LeCoultre manufactore has been changed throughout the most recent few years and the workshops of various abilities have blended, subsequently giving them more communication and cooperation as the experts and ladies, or craftsmans however you see fit, one next to the other now and get the opportunity to attempt different abilities. For example and thus, the craftsmans thought of an approach to combine etching and enameling.

In the center of the new atelier, partitioned by glass dividers there is a little introduction stay with a video table. At the press of a catch we can perceive what the craftsmans are doing on the screen.

Jaeger-LeCoultre produce Artisans Workshop

Just as though we are glancing through the magnifying instruments the artisans use for their work. It’s unbelievable to perceive how exact a scaled down finish painting is being made with numerous subtleties, the custom etching of a case back or the precious stone setting on a dial. Given the extraordinary little measurements it’s difficult to envision it’s really done by hand.

Miniature hand painting of a dial

Close up of the hand painted dial

Diamond setting on a dial

Hand etching of a custom case back

On the opposite side of the workshop there are as of late procured, and completely reestablished guilloché machine from an earlier time. Combined with current magnifying lens these are presently utilized for the design of different watch manufacturing plant parts like the dial of the new Reverso Gyrotourbillon.

Although the machines are reestablished and outfitted with present day contacts they are as yet worked by hand. 

Next we are welcomed by legacy master Marc-André Strahm for an introduction of the legacy Reverso assortment. In short we get an excursion through the Reverso history, from the mid 1930’s to 2000’s. We will cover the watch manufacturing plant top to bottom in another article.

Reverso Vintage

Reverso Vintage

Mid 30’s LeCoultre Reverso Lady Cordonnet

Vintage Reverso “General Douglas MacArthur”

“General Douglas MacArthur” engraved case back

Vintage Reverso “General Douglas MacArthur”

Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox vintage collection

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 60ème Anniversaire 1991

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 60ème Anniversaire 1991

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Minute Repeater

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Minute Repeater

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Géographique

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Géographique

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Géographique

After this noteworthy outing through a world of fond memories and our lunch, one of the expert watch processing plant producers gives an exhibit of the Reverso case get together. With every one of our eyes on his fingers he tells us the best way to dismantle the instance of the Reverso. For this exhibition he uses a new model from the assortment introduced at the 2016 SIHH.

After this exhibit we will see a portion of the current Reverso models.

Time to view the Jaeger-LeCoultre make, the real creation office and workshops of the watchmaker gathering the watches. Here we likewise see the creation and completing of different watch industrial facility parts.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture

Setting the beds in the switch escapement by hand

The start of a base plate

Gyrolab balance wheel molded in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Logo.

Sample of watch production line parts being made in-house

Setting of the beds in the switch escapement by hand

Fixing of the beds with stick on a warmed plate

Escapement switches prepared for assembly

Machine for blueing of screws

Blueing of screws as it was done move in the days. Notice the minor distinction with today.

Hand completing of the watch processing plant parts

Decoration of the base plate

Decoration of the base plate

Finishing watch manufacturing plant parts, when side-by-side

Production office with bar turning machines

Cutting of watch plant parts in progress

Due to the protection of staff we can’t distribute the photographs taken at the watchmakers doing the gathering of the watches, so we proceed with our visit at the Atmos workshop. Here the well known work area clocks are made and kept up. Controlled just by the pressing factor of air the is an example of remarkable clock making.

The cry that controls the Atmos clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre fabricate Atmos Workshop

On our way through the Jaeger-LeCoultre make we spot this   on show, made in 1938 by Jaeger-LeCoultre. 

With a visit of the legacy display our excursion gradually comes to an end. Other than a few watch industrial facility (sorry, photographs not permitted) that are in plain view there is an enormous glass divider that contains practically all the developments Jaeger-LeCoultre has delivered as the years progressed. Time to bid farewell and discover our direction home again after a noteworthy visit.

We might want to express gratitude toward Jaeger-LeCoultre for their neighborliness and greeting for this tour.