WatchProSite Jaeger Lecoultre Manufacture Tour. The thread.

Jun 10, 2022,16:07 PM
 


For many years we wanted to organize a Manufacture Tour with Jaeger Lecoultre. Because Jaeger Lecoultre is one the most interesting watchmakers,  because our site celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, because our relations with the brand are long and friendly. 

We wanted to make it happen in 2018 and in 2019 we were on to make it, it was in the tube and... The Covid came. With Jaeger Lecoultre, we decided that once we have a " time target ", we'll do it. 

Which happened on the 9th of June. Alas, some friends couldn't come, for professional or sanitary reasons, but we managed to be 12 ( of 14 ) to be able to honor this visit. 12 coming from France, Germany, England and, special dedicace to them, from California! 

For such a special event, we wanted a very special theme, and chiming watches are among the most interesting. Needless to say that from the second half of the 19th Century to our days, Lecoultre and Jaeger Lecoultre are among the best. Keep in mind that chiming watches are Grande Sonnerie, Minute Repeaters and... Alarm watches. 

So we decided to arrive one day early to spend some time together. The new Hotel des Horlogers was the perfect place, for the rooms, the location and the food. 

Do you recognize the Hotel Des Horlogers? Honestly I didn't. 




After a great dinner with some great wines from Bourgogne, a bottle of Macallan ( Thanks, Patrick Y ) it was time to have a 4 hours sleep before D Day. 

The visit was organized around two parts: A session about Chiming watches and a visit of different workshops and places at the Manufacture. 

The Chiming session: 

For three hours, we had many technical explanations from Eduardo, one of Jaeger Lecoultre engineers. 

Eduardo explained to us that on the 5 million watches made every year, only 200 or 300 were minute repeaters, all brands included. 

Most probably the technical challenge represented by minute repeaters is the reason for their scarcity. 

Matthieu came with some vintage marvels, showing all the skill of the Manufacture. 

From ... 1895: 





Or another one which is out of topic, but beauty is never out of topic. A vintage pocket Chrongraphe, signed Jaeger, from the early 1900's. 





We had the pleasure to see the lovely Reverso Minute Repeater from the 90's, too: 


Don Justino was there... He felt like at home, with his Portable Coffee: 



After all these technical explanations, Eduardo showed us that making a good minute repeater, I mean one which will sound well, requires minutia and expertise. It is all about tenths of millimeters, for a perfect sound tuning. 

He brought with him one instruments of torture: 





With these tools, we tried to find the perfect length for the gongs. It was all but evident, believe me. But we managed to find an acceptable outcome... 

Eduardo explained to us the different innovations for JLC minute repeaters, such as the welded gongs to the sapphire, the Trebuchets, the helicoidal gongs... We were like children in front of a candy store... 

Then we had a lunch at the Manufacture Restaurant, 


My friend Francis, the designer of the Amvox II ( but not only ) joined us for the lunch. It was a real pleasure to meet him again, after all these years. 

Before attending the second part of the visit, some workshops, like prototypage, where we could see how much work required the finishings of some parts, like a hammer, the beveled bridges, the perlage, côtes soleillées and so on. 

The next workshop is my favorite, the Spécialités Horlogères, where we could see some masterpieces from Jaeger Lecoultre. Laurent, the watchmaker, pleased us as he made them chime. 

The Hybris Mechanica 11, 


The Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication first generation,


And second generation: 


The Gyrotourbillon Five: 


The Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar:


And the Reverso Minute Repeater in rose gold, from last year: 





A dizzy experience... 

Then we ended with a too short visit of the Heritage Gallery with Matthieu, with the monumental Wall of Movements: 





It was sadly time to take the shuttle back to Geneva.



Laughs for some, endless discussions for others, and well, one was totally dead... smile  smile  smile



Or maybe he was dreaming about his next visit to the Manufacture! 

I can only recommend to everybody to contact the Manufacture for a visit. It is an unforgettable experience... 

Best,

Nicolas

PS: Special Thanks to my contacts and friends at Jaeger Lecoultre, Dorothée and Natassja. They worked a lot on the organization, the logistics, and they really made it possible. 


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Thanks for the report :)

 
 By: chris7509 : June 10th, 2022-16:18
But is it a PP 5960A i see on the restaurant picture right in the front ?:p

:D

 
 By: Joker2a : June 10th, 2022-21:02
...  

Have been there some years ago with a dealer from Hamburg

 
 By: brauner : June 10th, 2022-16:18
It was absolutely great in the factory buildings. And the fondue in the evening as well. Thanks for your report.

That looks like a great time was had by all!!

 
 By: jp884 : June 10th, 2022-16:23
Thanks for sharing Nico!

Omg...what a treat! I'm envious of this wonderful photo tour.

 
 By: Clueless_Collector : June 10th, 2022-16:36
That last photo was precious and timeless....no words needed to describe such pleasure.

Pleasure, my friend.

 
 By: amanico : June 10th, 2022-17:00

I’m sure I would’ve.

 
 By: GregersLars : June 10th, 2022-17:23

That’s a band of brothers right there !

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : June 10th, 2022-16:57
Looks like a fantastic little trip. One day, hopefully I can join something similar.

You awakened all my memories of being there in 2005

 
 By: cazalea : June 10th, 2022-17:24
Who could imagine that 17 years could go by so fast, and the experience of fine horology "up front and personal" would remain so compelling. But I suppose 17 years is just a "drop in the bucket" in the timeline of a manufacture like JLC! Thank you Nicolas... 

As our mighty Nicolas already described 'le déroulement' perfectly, I will throw in some pics for additional impressions...

 
 By: RayStantzPhD : June 10th, 2022-17:41
... however let me tell you first, that the Manufacture was amazing and Nico did a phenomenal job. All in all, the community experience and interaction with THE PEOPLE, so you guys, was at least equally as great as the JLC tour. The latter one was already...  

wow...those 6 timepieces - a complete collection !

 
 By: mahesh : June 10th, 2022-18:59
any day that is the dream...

+1

 
 By: amanico : June 10th, 2022-20:48

Thanks for the extra pictures - they are wonderful!

 
 By: GWIS : June 10th, 2022-20:05
Glad you had a great time!

Alex!!

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 11th, 2022-01:10
Thanks mate for taking such quality shots, I'll save the couple where I'm seen in the frame - even though it looks like I'm half asleep (from serious jet lag) in that overhead picture of me scribbling on a pad with Patrick besides me, I promise I was tota... 

Man, that effort to fly in from the States is crazy-great in a true Purist way! I love it!

 
 By: RayStantzPhD : June 11th, 2022-07:50
I was also a bit tired after driving home, especially as we encountered some 'chiming' problems on the roads leading out of the valley.... And by the way, I got you in another frame... If I ever return to the west coast (was there pre-pandemic in 2019) I ...  

Oh....

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 11th, 2022-21:16
he shared with me not only excellent horological stories, but a fantastic gin (Monkey 47), and a top-class steakhouse dinner (masterfully selected by Tomas, if I'm not mistaken) - the 'cherry on top' of my two days in Switzerland ). I am wholeheartedly ob... 

The WPS Spirit.

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-21:50

100% =)

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 11th, 2022-21:52

You are welcome anytime,

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-00:35
A funny story I can share with you in the context you pointed out in your excellent picture with the cows is that an acquaintance of mine managed to get hit by a cow while driving relatively slowly on a rural road here in California. The cow was looking d... 

A fantastic day!

 
 By: Joker2a : June 10th, 2022-18:33
A very good atmosphere and a very nice team of pursites! Macalan forever

Absolutely amicu 😂

 
 By: Joker2a : June 10th, 2022-21:01

:)))

 
 By: amanico : June 10th, 2022-21:44

Happy to see you guys had a great time at JLC

 
 By: mahesh : June 10th, 2022-19:10
one of the most stunning manufacture one can visit...perfect blend of artisanal skills and history. that stair case with all movement hanging around - lovely. BTW the Pocket watch chronograph with white dial - killer reference ! Best, mahesh.,

What a tour, what a JLC team and what a Purist team!

 
 By: eklektik : June 10th, 2022-19:35
What an exceptional experience it was! The reception by JLC was amazing, and all the top experts presented us their know-how and shared their passion for the brand and its products. A big thank you to Nico for organising it with the JLC team, it was fault... 

Thanks for the great photos Nico!

 
 By: GWIS : June 10th, 2022-20:12
It looks like you all had an amazing time. I hope Filip had the chance to chat with Francis Cretin about all things Amvox 2! What have they done to the Hotel des Horlogers! That used to a lovely, traditional Swiss hotel. May be it looked out of place next... 

Well done 😀

 
 By: GWIS : June 10th, 2022-21:43

;)

 
 By: amanico : June 10th, 2022-21:44

LoL =))

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 11th, 2022-00:54
That was in fact something surreal for me! During lunch we spoke about his design process in 2004, how dear to him this design is, and how the crown design was updated shortly after the concept watches were presented not only to mimic the fuel cap design ... 

Good idea!

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 11th, 2022-07:26
But my watch came without any paperwork! Not that I give a damn, it was one of the best deals I could have ever made - it cost me less than the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 36 did back in 2009........ I really hope Sebastien is super-happy with his Roy... 

Being able to talk to the designer is very cool.

 
 By: GWIS : June 11th, 2022-07:03
I am officially jealous 😀 All the best Jon

Soon.

 
 By: Bill : June 10th, 2022-22:38

Yeeees!

 
 By: amanico : June 10th, 2022-22:48

Thank you, Chronometer.

 
 By: amanico : June 10th, 2022-21:47

Looks like you all had a blast

 
 By: takman : June 10th, 2022-21:38
Thanks for sharing!

Merci, Takman.

 
 By: amanico : June 10th, 2022-21:51

🙏😁

 
 By: RabidManatee : June 10th, 2022-21:55

Beautiful thank you amanico.

 
 By: Seconds : June 11th, 2022-01:23
Regards

My pleasure, Seconds.

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-06:38

P.S. ....

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 11th, 2022-01:31
The JLC team was obviously exceptional, everyone mentioned here, and others, deserve immense gratitude on our part. Lastly, I can't help but point out that Natassja is THE most fanciful spelling of the name Natasha I've ever come across - would have never... 

Thanks for sharing

 
 By: Jari from Finland : June 11th, 2022-02:45
You were having great time at the manufacture. These post are always interesting to read.

Merci, Jari.

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-07:19

What a tour!

 
 By: S F : June 11th, 2022-03:31
We can probably spend half a day at the wall of movements! Happy to see everyone had an enjoyable time together! Cheers🥂🥂

Thanks for sharing the pics

 
 By: Ping.Timeout : June 11th, 2022-03:59
Looks like everyone had a blast…

Cheers !

 
 By: Ping.Timeout : June 11th, 2022-10:25

No honeypot this year...nor Atomium 😬

 
 By: Alfihar : June 11th, 2022-05:04
A cool évent and a friendly moment I guess Best Ø

I can witness that. ;)

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-09:25

Cool for thé honey…

 
 By: Alfihar : June 11th, 2022-11:15
Not sure they are waiting for me…. 😬

Si si...

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-12:09

We had the Honey. :)

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-09:24

Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I have an opportunity to visit the manufacturer.

 
 By: gup502 : June 11th, 2022-07:06
Last time it was a bit of a rush and given a short notice, too. I only visited the horology museum and Omega. But thanks to Nico again nevertheless.

Great report

 
 By: RG1 : June 11th, 2022-10:05
Thanks for sharing Nicolas..

Thank you so much, G M.

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-17:11

Not directly :)

 
 By: RayStantzPhD : June 11th, 2022-13:13
Look at my pictures, you see us standing around a table looking at a monitor. That was in the design department and the engineers were working with their CAD software around us. Next to me, there was someone working on a stunningly complex and beautiful R... 

:-D ... Hangover 4

 
 By: RayStantzPhD : June 11th, 2022-21:10

:))))

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-21:14

Thanks, Salman.

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-19:40

You guys were....

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 11th, 2022-20:02
too cruel to Patrick here xD.... He was simply sincerely drained from the whole thing... and the Macallan of course=P.... Good thing he didn't fall over given how many times his head fell forward!

Pleasure, Im6.

 
 By: amanico : June 11th, 2022-22:13

Great report, mon ami!

 
 By: MTR : June 11th, 2022-23:12
I wish I would have been able to join this fantastic trip to JLC. Did you wear your JLC MR to celebrate these moments? Best Thomas

Next time....

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-20:11
You have to show me the Septantieme!! My favorite, non-gyrotourbillon Reverso=)

Deal!

 
 By: amanico : June 12th, 2022-20:43

Travel light… 😎

 
 By: MTR : June 13th, 2022-08:38
I have to confess I no longer put myself through the stress of taking multiple watches with me on a flight. I don't find that particularly pleasant especially going through the security controls. Therefore on my last trip to Genéve (visiting GP) I conscio... 

THE ARRIVAL

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-02:06
As I have too many pictures for a single post, I will share the ones I have in this thread through a few different posts. These are the images leading up to us entering La Grand Maison - in case any of you guys would like to have a large-format picture e-...  

Now,

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-16:41
that's a proper throwback ....

Yes! Good memories.

 
 By: amanico : June 12th, 2022-19:53

OUVERTURE

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-02:56
La Grand Maison is truly enormous.... Matthieu opened things up with showing us the immaculately preserved pocket watches from the 1920s and 30s.... Totally exceptional pieces. The highlight of the visit for me besides the Grand Sonneries and Gyrotourbill...  

Beyond impressive!

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-16:35
I was totally mesmerized by those pocket watches! Cheers, Filip

Not that this one doesn't x))

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-23:27
.... ...  

NO FINGERS PLEASE

 
 By: Sebi : June 13th, 2022-08:48
héhé it was difficult to respect the rule, my greasy fingers were all aching from the restraining order !

To be accurate, the oldest building is the one behind the one from 1866.

 
 By: eklektik : June 16th, 2022-19:28
The one behind is the one called "la grande maison", in which all crafts necessary to manufacture a watch where put under the same roof. Best, E.

Oh!

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 16th, 2022-19:50
Good, that wasn't initially clear to me.... Thanks, Filip

CLIMAX

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-04:48
Super amusing and endearing is that most JLC employees wear Reversos....=)) This highly skilled lady is working on movement finishing for ladies’ Reversos.... ........ The glass-partitioned watchmaker spaces where regular pieces and complications are put ...  

Couldn't agree more!

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-16:30

FINALE

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-05:40
History.... Squared.... THE Wall. Les ATMOS ! ! .... Still one of my all-time favorites.... Majestic.... The original. Marquetry.... Dutch angle on the wall.... Watchmaking desk. 1880 1900 Best pocket watches.... ever made! 1934.... Top of the line, refle...  

What a series! Absolutely great :)

 
 By: RayStantzPhD : June 12th, 2022-07:54
Thanks for the effort Filip, it is really like a repeated, virtual trip!

Well said.

 
 By: amanico : June 12th, 2022-16:14

=P

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-18:36

Asap. ;)

 
 By: amanico : June 12th, 2022-19:54

Very soon I hope ;-)

 
 By: Joker2a : June 13th, 2022-07:51

Merci for all your pictures !

 
 By: Sebi : June 13th, 2022-06:57
Gotta love that astronomy atmos, so obvious that it is the perfect vehicle for astronomical complications

I certainly think so....

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 13th, 2022-07:17
They've decided to 'double down' on that concept with the latest one as well........

Indeed,

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 16th, 2022-19:49
my trip went really well, I slept for 13 hours straight when I came back! Now, just finally getting back to my regular work obligations.... Cheers, Filip

Bonjour my friends !

 
 By: Sebi : June 12th, 2022-06:07
My turn to share some pictures ! The team looking at some old marvels. And Nico working with his portable watch-shed ! Patrick trying to no sand-blast his own watch No touching she said ! Kinda love this logo-ed rotor wheel. Nice pieces but dont you think...  

Awesome images !

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 12th, 2022-06:57
Not only high resolution, but quality framing as well . Much appreciated, likewise, Filip

i did my best for the framing...

 
 By: Sebi : June 12th, 2022-10:13
I wish I took more pictures of us all

Great additional images, thanks!

 
 By: RayStantzPhD : June 12th, 2022-07:56
I will always remember the dramatically different ticking sound of your JLC pictured above and my 2.5 Hz Dornblüth

Thanks at all

 
 By: tombub : June 12th, 2022-10:13
It was a pleasure to meet you ! Thanks at JLC, Dorothée, Natassja, for this superb expérience. Beautiful to see all peoples to work his position, with hands.

Fews photos, pêle-mêle 😂

 
 By: tombub : June 12th, 2022-10:15
...  

O Top! ;)

 
 By: amanico : June 13th, 2022-20:45

It must be a fantastic tour, my friend!

 
 By: Watcholic_id : June 12th, 2022-12:51
and thanks for sharing the story & tons of superb pics the wall of movement is absolutely brilliant! cheers

My late and unedited photos…

 
 By: dms : June 13th, 2022-21:30
The hotel … first nice surprise I wished I spent more time in this room Heaven’s entrance Masterclass Glad’s favorite spot Start of a love affair ??? Love at first sight. Me want one (the lamp or, worst case, the picture) Atmos wall … i wish we could see ...  

Thanks Nico !

 
 By: dms : June 15th, 2022-06:01

That's absolutely fantastic report.

 
 By: Ajas : June 16th, 2022-09:53
Thank you very much !!

My photos, finally!

 
 By: eklektik : June 16th, 2022-19:47
Not the best, but could complete well the ones from my fellow Purists! On the way! L'hôtel des horlogers, its stunning design and amazing wine (how many bottles?!?!) The tour of the factory and the workshop "noise vs. sound" Bye bye JLC! I'll be back! I f...  

 
 By: eklektik : June 16th, 2022-19:54
Bye bye JLC! ...  

A tres bientot!

 
 By: amanico : June 17th, 2022-14:18

You're the only one....

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 17th, 2022-21:40
who actually thought of taking a picture of that wonderful wine! Yum!....

+1!!!

 
 By: amanico : June 17th, 2022-22:42

Well, I'm french 😉

 
 By: eklektik : June 20th, 2022-16:54

Etienne - Le Francais :D

 
 By: InHavenPro : June 20th, 2022-17:12

😀

 
 By: eklektik : June 20th, 2022-18:49

ROFL!

 
 By: amanico : June 25th, 2022-06:43

😉

 
 By: eklektik : June 25th, 2022-12:02

Wow Nicolas 🤩! What a great WPS tour of JLC ! 👍

 
 By: GLau : June 26th, 2022-16:50
Reverse minute repeater is a grail ! Unfortunately I did not understand your joke about Don Justino’s “portable coffee” joke. What does it mean ? 🤔

How awesome

 
 By: stabilizer : June 26th, 2022-19:00
What a treat to read through all of this, much less I can only imagine to be there !