Jaeger Lecoultre and chiming watches. Some videos

Jul 18, 2020,03:06 AM

Jaeger Lecoultre sent me a very interesting link with some videos on their chiming watches. There are some facts  I knew, some that I forgot. 

When Jaeger Lecoultre says, for example, that they made 200 chiming calibres, they count the alarm, too. A fact I could have remembered as I saw the exhibition they made some 10 years ago on their chiming watches, which included alarm watches, too. 

But still, we can say it is rather impressive. 

We quite often discuss modern Jaeger Lecoultre chiming watches, and much more rarely the origins. 

For example, I didn't remember that music box, from Pre Lecoultre era ( 1825 ) but still made by Lecoultre:


What about this minute repeater from 1880, with three hammers and three gongs? It is not often that you see that! 

Lecoultre also associated minute repeater and Jaquemarts. Here is  one from 1890. A " striking " combination! 

Here is one I posted several times, the minute repeater with silent regulator, from 1895, A movement which inspired La Grande Maison for the conception of the Duometre movement, with the two barrels and their own gear trains. 

Another one I posted several times, the Grande Complication from 1928, another wonder, for sure:

Of course, this is just a selection of old minute repeaters from Lecoultre and Jaeger Lecoultre. We could add some more, such as the Grande Complication from 1895:

Or the Ultra Thin Minute Repeater from 1920! 

And we should also mention the reintroduction in the collection of the minute repeater in... The Reverso, in 1994, which was a tough challenge due to the small proportions of its case: 

Of course, as we are at it, the Memovox, and its first reference, in 1950, the 3150, with its Cal 489, 

And the modern Minute Repeater, introduced in 2005, with its revolutionary gong welded to the sapphire glass for a better propagation of the sound:

Its movement, the Cal 947: 

How many brands can enjoy such a legitimacy in minute repeaters? 

Jaeger Lecoultre can do it, indeed. And they are still writing the History of Chiming watches with style and Class. See the Duometre à Grande Sonnerie from 2009, or the Gyrotourbillon Five from last year!

When I see all that patrimony and History, I cannot help but dreaming to see THE perfect junction between minute repeaters and alarm watches, with, for example, a Duometre à Alarme, sounding like a minute repeater. 

Maybe one day? With Jaeger Lecoultre, the sky is their only limit when it comes to creativity. 



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Ahh that is right

 By: Ted-Lo : July 18th, 2020-05:54
Would love to try it on though.

Care to come along?

 By: Ted-Lo : July 18th, 2020-06:04
We should plan a group trip in the future.

Thank you.

 By: Ted-Lo : July 18th, 2020-06:06
I should buy a good camera to get ready!

Yes, my six year old iPhone

 By: Ted-Lo : July 18th, 2020-06:25
Is not doing the trick.

I will do my best. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 18th, 2020-13:23


 By: cory : July 18th, 2020-12:26
For a Duometre à Alarme, sounding like a minute repeater. Is this the same as a MR with an alarm function? 😉

A Duometre MR with Alarm function only.

 By: cory : July 18th, 2020-12:34
Would be very beautiful and unique I think? The fact that it would be a Duometre makes it unsurpassable!

Oh yes!

 By: cory : July 18th, 2020-12:55
Please have some words with JLC. Here’s hoping they are listening. I’m really excited to see some new Duometres!

I love that. [nt]

 By: cory : July 18th, 2020-13:54

That's the one :) [nt]

 By: eklektik : July 28th, 2020-13:50

Awfully desirable. [nt]

 By: amanico : July 28th, 2020-13:57