The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Extract
from the Archives
reflecting the excellence of antique models from the Manufacture
The Watch Quote™ - July 21st, 2010
Since spring 2010, Jaeger-Lecoultre is offering collectors and connoisseurs of fine objects a beautifully made brand-new Extract from the Archives featuring substantial content and an overall quality reflecting the excellence of the timepieces from the Manufacture.
This official document retraces the origin of the timepieces crafted in the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshops. A precious fragment of the history of the Grande Maison, it reproduces the parts of the archives relating to the production of the timepieces it describes: model, calibre, functions, exterior, production date and distinctive features.
The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Extract from the Archives is intended to provide authentic added value for the objects it accompanies. Inspired by the aesthetic of the company’s 19th century share certificates, each Extract from the Archives is made from precious paper, embellished with silver heat-embossed or laser-engraved motifs, and protected by a hand-assembled jacket. Each Extract is signed by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Antique Watch Expert, and bears the official seal of the Heritage department.
Two paths lead to this obtention of this precious document: the Contact section of the Jaeger website, or the classic Customer Service route. A fee of CHF 300.- is charged to cover the cost of researching and establishing this document. In order to undertake the necessary investigations, the antique watch expert must be provided with photos of the watch or clock, of its movement, as well as the case and calibre numbers.
The creation of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Extract from the Archives is contributing to the growing recognition of antique models from the Manufacture. The first Extract from the Archives was devoted – as is only fitting – to the famous 1958 Geophysic Chronometer which accompanied the first ascent of a virgin Himalayan peak now christened Mount Antoine LeCoultre. Auctioned by Jaeger-LeCoultre on behalf of UNESCO, this antique steel watch sold for over 20,000 Swiss francs.