Antoine LeCoultre founded LeCoultre in 1833 in the small village of Le Sentier, Switzerland. By 1866, LeCoultre’s workshop had grown from home-run manufacturers spread across Switzerland to installing modern steam-driven machines to power the tools of all of the watchmakers moving them from their homes and bringing them together, in one central unit. Now named LeCoultre & Cie, the company became the very first manufacturer in the Vallée de Joux Switzerland. Antoine and his son Elie LeCoultre employed more than 500 watchmakers in-house. In 1903 Edmond Jaeger, a watchmaker in Paris making watches for the French Navy, challenged the Swiss manufacturers to produce an ultrathin movement. Jacques-David LeCoultre, Elie’s son, rose to the challenge and created the world’s thinnest pocket watch, equipped with the LeCoultre 146 calibre, measuring just 1.38 mm thick.
Over the following years, Jaeger and LeCoultre kept in touch, building a strong friendship and in 1937 Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded. In 2013 they celebrated their 180th Anniversary. Creating iconic timepieces like the Reverso wristwatch to the brilliantly engineered Atmos clock. During the war years, the Mark VII pilot watches of the 1940s were so accurate the Royal Air Force used them as aerial navigation instruments; later they created the first automatic watch to house a power-reserve indicator in 1948 that was used by the US Army Air Corps. Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed and revolutionized the watch industry like no other manufacturer. Since 2000 they have been a fully owned subsidiary of the Swiss luxury group Richemont. This group includes Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, IWC Schaffhausen, Panerai, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, Montblanc, Dunhill and Chloé.
Here we have an exquisite 2013 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moonphase. It's 39mm stainless steel case has polished and brushed surfaces that transition perfectly. The case is only 10mm thick giving it an elegance when on the wrist. Finely bevelled lugs and a lug to lug length of 46mm ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the right side, a signed crown. Its polished bezel holds a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The sunray brushed silver dial has inverted Rhodium-plated arrowhead indexes expertly faceted marking the hours. At 6 o’clock a moonphase and date register with a fine hand indicating the date. Dauphine's hands with one side polished the other sandblasted are complimented with a blued steel centre seconds hand, adding a sophisticated pop of colour to this classic dial. The moonphase can be corrected by pushing the corrector at 8 o’clock to allow the disc to jump one day, in the back of the manual there is a calendar which enables you to accurately calculate the number of days elapsed since a full moon. The corrector at 4 o’clock lets you adjust the date by pushing it in to advance the disc to jump forward by one day. On the reverse an exhibition case back with sapphire crystal. Inside an Automatic JLC Cal. 925, 30 Jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. The movement and the skeletonised rotor have Côtes de Genève finishing, blued screws add a pop of colour. The movement is certified ‘Master Control 1000 Hours’, meaning the watch is tried and tested in its case for 1000 hours, almost 6 weeks. Surpassing COSC testing. Fitted on its original 21mm Alligator leather strap with a signed double folding buckle.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with an original JLC box & JLC paperwork, as photographed. The watch comes paired with its original JLC signed leather strap with JLC signed double folding buckle. The watch is from November 2013 and is in worn condition, however as you can see from the photos it is in great overall condition with few signs of wear. The watch was serviced in 2019 by JLC but the paperwork is missing, but based on the condition, new strap and the reading on the timegrapher this service did happen the watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
This is exactly what I think of when I think modern JLC! Yes, the Reverso comes to mind, but also this model with the moonphase, it feels to be exactly everything JLC are great at. Truly beautiful both on and off the wrist with a mesmerising movement that I could stare at all day long... The great thing about this watch is that on its current black strap it really is an ultimate dress watch that will look rightfully at home against a well-tailoured suit but put this gem on a nice brown strap I reckon it would equally at home with a shirt and jeans.