AGE OF GLORY

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started col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Parisian Ed­mund Jaeger, af­ter he chal­lenged Swiss watch­mak­ers to pro­duce ul­tra-thin cal­i­bres of his own de­sign. This led to a firm friend­ship and, in 1907, the LeCoul­tre 145 Cal­i­bre. A mere 1.38mm thick, it was the most slen­der of its time. Dur­ing the Jazz Age, the smaller move­ments in the tiny wrist­watches that were de rigueur of the Art Deco era proved less re­li­able. Ar­ti­sans pushed the lim­its of minia­tur­i­sa­tion un­til they ar­rived at the Duo­plan, a watch per­fectly in keep­ing with the pe­riod’s aes­thet­i­cal ex­u­ber­ance. With the roar­ing ’ 20s al­most at an end, they con­jured the Cal­i­bre 101. Still the world’s small­est mechanical move­ment, it fa­mously equipped the time­piece that graced the wrist of Queen El­iz­a­beth II dur­ing her 1953 coronation.

Another icon was also born in the 1920s. The At­mos clock, orig­i­nally con­ceived by Jean-Léon Reut­ter, was later per­fected Ren­dez-Vous Ce­les­tial watch, Jaeger- LeCoul­tre The dawn of the 1900s saw a new be­gin­ning for LeCoul­tre & Cie. An­toine’s grand­son Jac­ques-David

An­toine LeCoul­tre

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