AGE OF GLORY
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