My visit to the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in Switzerland

In our latest video Maria Doulton visits Jaeger-LeCoultre's manufacture in the Vallée de Joux, where each watch is created in-house, from start to finish.


Earlier this month I took a Swiss Air flight to Geneva and from there travelled by car for over an hour to reach Jaeger-LeCoultre's watch manufacture, nestled in the Vallée de Joux.

I spent the day finding out about the company's history of watchmaking and, in particular, looking at its collection of women's watches, which dates back to the late 1800s. I also had a good look at how it makes its watches, with every component created in-house, from start to finish.

I was particularly interested in the gem-setting workshops, where I saw diamonds and other precious stones being set into bezels, dials, watch cases and bracelets. A special visit to the normally undisturbed enamel painting workshops was an insight into this rare and highly complex skill.

And finally I saw the new women's watches, including the beautiful Rendezvous Perpetual Calendar, Tourbillon and Celestial, as well as the diamond-set Reverso Cordonnet Duetto.

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