Harrods Celebrates 180 Years of Jaeger-LeCoultre [Video]

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May 2013

Jérôme Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of Jaeger-LeCoultre, who is proud to present the concept and development of this large-scale exhibition at Harrods states, “One hundred and eighty years after the founding of our Manufacture in Switzerland, Jaeger-LeCoultre has a following of watch connoisseurs in all corners of the world. Harrods truly being a “window to the world”, what better place to showcase the talent and expertise of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre in the very windows of this iconic destination?”

Jaeger-LeCoultre - Harrods Window Display
Jaeger-LeCoultre - Harrods Window Display

Michael Ward, Managing Director, Harrods adds “Harrods are extremely excited to be partnering with Jaeger-LeCoultre in celebration of the Manufacture’s 180thanniversary. As luxury brand leaders we share an esteemed history and a great understanding of the true notion of luxury. Harrods continues to position itself as a global market leader within the fine watch industry and our partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre enables us to further strengthen that reputation.”

Jaeger-LeCoultre Exhibition at Harrods
Jaeger-LeCoultre Exhibition at Harrods

Jason Broderick, General Merchandise Manager Fine Watches and Menswear, Harrods: “We are delighted to play host to such an extraordinary event in fine watch-making and to partner with Jaeger-LeCoultre in celebration of their momentous 180th anniversary. At Harrods we strive to create a unique point of difference and exciting, original experiences for our customers whilst offering the very best product s&xfeff;election. Through Jaeger- LeCoultre’s unique vision we have brought to life an utterly immersive watch-making experience which will surprise and delight both watch connoisseurs and customers new to the brand, all housed within our iconic Brompton Road windows.”

Jerome Lambert, Richard Phipps-Carter & Michael Ward
Jerome Lambert, Richard Phipps-Carter & Michael Ward

Leading experts from Jaeger-LeCoultre specialised in Metiers rares and fine watchmaking set up workshops dedicated to the art of watch making. Four master crafts of Jaeger-LeCoultre are demonstrated starting with Watchmaking (6th-12th May), where guests don the white coat of a “watchmaker” to test their dexterity and understand the workings of a real watch of Jaeger-LeCoultre. From the smallest pinion to the largest barrel, learn to assemble the main spring, responsible for powering the train wheels, through to the escapement or ‘heart’ of the watch which regulates the energy to the balance. Working with these minute components under the guidance of the watchmakers of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre will highlight many key aspects of true savoir-faire in fine watchmaking today.

Highlighting the Metiers rares, all in-house at the Manufacture Jaeger- LeCoultre, the following three crafts are celebrated through masterclasses: Engraving (13th-19th May), Enamelling (20th-25th May) and Gem setting (26th-31st May). These master classes offer clients an exclusive glimpse in to the know-how of a Manufacture synonymous with craftsmanship, tradition and invention.

To accompany these master classes’ visitors also have a chance to see:

  • A recreation of founder Antoine LeCoultre, original workshop from 1833;
  • A wall dedicated to the 1,242 calibres that the Manufacture has produced over its 180 year history;
  • A unique exhibition of nine Atmos Clocks, a revolutionary clock that Jaeger-LeCoultre invented in 1928, that by means of a complex system draws its energy from atmospheric variations;
  • One window, solely dedicated to the most complex of ‘Sonnerie’ watches, the Hybris Mechanica à Grande Sonnerie. A watch equipped with a flying tourbillon and minute repeater, created to chime the longest melody a Grande Sonnerie has ever chimed the iconic melody of Westminster’s ‘Big Ben’;
  • Hidden behind the Grande Sonnerie window, Harrods visitors can also discover a secret high complication room. A collector’s paradise, this room houses, for the first time in the UK the eight leading pieces of the Hybris Mechanica creations of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre and the very latest ‘Tribute to Antoine LeCoultre Jubilee watches’;
  • Three key products available from Harrods.
  • The Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau, the first Haute Horlogerie watch to incorporate a curtain that slides activating a minute repeater function; the Master Gyrotourbillon 1 platinum, equipped with a three-dimensional spherical tourbillon and perpetual calendar; the Atmos Marqueterie “The Accomplishment”, part of a series of Atmos clocks paying tribute to the Gustav Klimt Art Nouveau creations, constructed using more than 1200 different species of wood and gold leaf, a truly magnificent art work in itself.

Source: Jaeger-LeCoultre

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