On the occasion of its 180th anniversary, luxury watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has opened a new space, designed for sharing watch information with collectors and connoisseurs of exceptional watches. It is named Maison d’Antoine in tribute to the founder, Antoine LeCoultre, who created his first workshop in a room of the family farmhouse in 1833, and his portrait adorns the entrance.
The new space is intended to host collectors as well as watchmaking initiation classes. Collectors could also come to admire Grande Complication watches that Jaeger-LeCoultre master-watchmakers patiently assemble for them. For watch enthusiasts this is indeed a dream come true, with initiation classes being taught by watchmakers from Jaeger-LeCoultre at the Vallée de Joux, a place from where it all began 180 years ago.
The hospitality area is located on the top floor and is flooded with natural sunlight. Approximately 220sq. metres will be exclusively devoted to the technical nature of horology. Twelve workbenches are reserved for the watch initiation and training classes by experts, who will also be available to answer numerous questions from watch aficionados. The ambience exudes warmth and serenity, achieved with the use of soft elegant colours and traditional materials. The vision of luxury and refinement is beautifully blended and eloquently expressed in the Maison d’Antoine.
When Elie LeCoultre the son of Antoine LeCoultre, decided to bring the multiple watchmaking professions under one roof, a truly novel move at a time when Swiss watchmaking was built around small home-based workshops, LeCoultre & Cie was created and became the first full-fledged Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux.
It currently houses over 180 skills involved in developing and producing the most prestigious timepieces from start to finish. Jaeger-LeCoultre is pursuing the tradition of Grande Complication models produced by the Manufacture through a succession of extraordinary creations and unique inventions and is constantly driven by a quest for excellence, backed by a unique spirit of invention.
British Actor Clive Owen, who has long been associated with Jaeger-LeCoultre was present at the inauguration of the Maison d’Antoine and promised to return to take part in the master classes offered by the Manufacture.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is writing a new chapter in its history by setting up this rare and exclusive place at the core of Vallée de Joux.