Top 5 Jaeger-LeCoultre Stories In 5 Years Of Quill & Pad
On January 1, 2019 Quill & Pad celebrates its five-year anniversary. In honor of this milestone, we take a look at some of the great stories and photos from the last 1,825 days that have helped make this publication a fun, informative, and visually interesting one.
One of the team’s collective favorite brands is Jaeger-LeCoultre; several team members own one or more timepieces by the “watchmaker’s watchmaker,” and GaryG has even pinpointed this marque as being the “gateway drug” for his (and many others’) watch collecting hobby (see Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Collector’s ‘Gateway Drug’ And Ongoing Pleasure).
Like for GaryG, my lifelong obsession with this brand also began in 1991, and I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. I was at my first Basel Fair having lunch with some older, more experienced journalists, who knew full well that I was a newbie.
No doubt hoping for the reaction he got, one of them suddenly stuck his arm out over his plate of white asparagus, pulled his sleeve back, and proceeded to flip his watch front to back in its case right in front of my eyes.
Yep, he got the reaction he was looking for: “WOW!”
But that sparked a fire inside of me: I knew what the future would hold for my wrist.
There are many such stories of personal engagement with and discovery of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s timepieces right here on Quill & Pad. And there are some still being written, which you will have the pleasure of reading in the future.
Here are the five most popular Jaeger-LeCoultre stories from the past five years.
Number 5: Master Of Control: The New For 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date, Master Control Chronograph, And Master Control Geographic
The classically modern-retro style of this refreshed line introduced in 2017 has made it an absolute fan favorite, perhaps because the light-handed design work allows the Art Deco inspiration to shine through. Destined to become a daily wearer, these Master Control models remain quite talked about as great examples of this brand’s famous round-case line almost two years on.
“They provide a bit of jazz and vintage inspiration excitement, revitalizing the design department with some risks for a new generation of watch lovers,” wrote author Joshua Munchow.
To read, or even just look at the pictures, please see Master Of Control: The New For 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date, Master Control Chronograph, And Master Control Geographic.
Number 4: 85 Years Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
In 2016, my beloved Reverso model turned 85 years old – a milestone for any one watch model. Throughout those 85 years the Reverso naturally went through a lot of evolution, added complication, and a myriad of variations.
In this comprehensive post, I pinpoint the major evolutions of and additions to the original “polo watch.”
To view, please go to 85 Years Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso.
In 2004, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced its sporty Amvox line in tribute to and partnership with James Bond’s favorite brand of automobiles, Aston Martin. In my eyes, this was a match made in heaven that begat several highly interesting and unusually technical sports watches.
The partnership ended in 2016 when Aston Martin signed a new deal with Richard Mille, which, however, was never brought to fruition: by 2017 Aston Martin had jumped ship to TAG Heuer (see TAG Heuer And Aston Martin Introduce New Partnership With Two Watches At Geneva Motor Show).
This post takes a comprehensive look back at the entire Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox line, providing key information for collectors and enthusiasts.
To peruse, please see Complete Overview Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox Line.
Author Ian Skellern went to the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in Le Sentier to get the full story on the brand-new Geophysic True Second collection once it was launched in September 2015 – which, despite its name, was not a continuation of the homage Geophysic 1958 line of 2014. With its funky and technical adaptation of deadbeat seconds, this was something completely new. And nearly four years later the Geophysic True Seconds are looking as good as ever.
“ . . . the new Geophysic collection from Jaeger-LeCoultre offers nothing less than what is quite possibly the best value for money haute horlogerie wristwatches available today. However, the Geophysic True Second and Geophysic Universal Time are not just great value watches, they are great watches. Period,” Ian wrote at the time.
To view the post, please go to Stunning New Geophysic Collection From Jaeger-LeCoultre: True Second And Universal Time.
The personal stories are always the best, aren’t they? And GaryG’s “Why I Bought It” series never fails to incite great interest. There’s nothing more interesting than understanding someone’s motives behind buying something intensely personal.
“Over the twenty-odd years I’ve been buying ‘serious’ watches, I’ve purchased more pieces bearing the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand name than any other, by far,” GaryG started this post out. “As far as I’m concerned, there are lots of good reasons for this, but perhaps what formed my early attraction was Jaeger-LeCoultre’s storied history as a developer of movements used by many other high-end brands. . .”
Above and beyond that, the Tribute to Reverso 1931 has been one of the brand’s most successful Reverso models of recent years, earning positive feedback across collector groups. Perhaps this post is also so popular on account of GaryG’s delicious photography of the limited-edition watch issued to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the Reverso paired with its luscious Fagliano strap. You decide.
To view, please visit Why I Bought It: Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute To Reverso 1931.