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Jaeger-LeCoultre dedicates a book to lovers of fine watchmaking

Andrea Divirgilio / August 25, 2010

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For renowned Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, the adventure of extreme watches began in 1833 in an isolated Swiss valley, when Antoine LeCoultre and his watchmakers personally tested their creations featuring innovative technical solutions by climbing the highest peaks in the Alps. With a successful watchmaking history of over 170 years, the watch brand has now unveiled a book titled “Extreme Watches for an Extreme World” devoted to extreme watches. All the adventures and the exceptional watches by the company have been bought together in a book based on an original concept. Jérôme Lambert, CEO, Jaeger-LeCoultre, said…

This book is dedicated to all adventurers, explorers and other conquerors of the impossible. It tells the story of challenges, efforts and triumphs. It also tells of a key element in many such feats: time.

Excerpt from the press release

When the Nautilus submarine was first commissioned to slip under the ice pack in order to be the first to reach the North Pole in submerged mode, Jaeger-LeCoultre developed the Geophysic chronometer, equipped with a case impervious to magnetic fields.

When scuba diving became a leisure sport, Jaeger-LeCoultre invented the Memovox Deep Sea, the world’s first diver’s watch equipped with an alarm.

When Emannuel Coindre set out to row solo across the North Pacific, he was wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph.

When Valentino Rossi, the most gifted motorcycle racer of all time, hits the track, he does it with a Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm on his wrist.

When Jaeger-LeCoultre checks the water resistance of the Master Compressor Diving GMT, the test takes place in real-life conditions at a depth of 1,000 meters.

When Aston Martin racing drivers take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, they choose the AMVOX2 watch, the first pushpiece-free chronograph.

When three mountaineers wished to pay tribute to the most extreme watch ever developed and produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre, they took the Master Compressor Extreme LAB2 Tribute to Geophysic to the top of the world, in the Himalayas.

This book for lovers of fine watchmaking shows in words and pictures all the amazing feats, adventures and the revolutionary mechanisms that left an enduring mark on the watchmaking history. The book has been produced in cooperation with Stephan Ciejka, editor-in-chief of the Revue des Montres.

Thanks, MENANT Marc [Jaeger-LeCoultre]

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