Jaeger-LeCoultre has a history of timepiece engineering stretching back more than 175 years. It was in 1833, in the little village of Le Sentier in the Swiss Jura mountains, that the chronicle of Jaeger-LeCoultre began. The Manufacture has an impressive range of world firsts, superlatives and legendary models to its credit, including the Reverso, the Duoplan, the Master Control, the Memovox Polaris, the Gyrotourbillon I and the Atmos. Another is the crown winding system which eliminates the need for a winding key and which was invented more than 150 years ago by Antoine LeCoultre himself.

The contemporary partnership between Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre began in 2004 with the launch of the Aston Martin Jaeger-LeCoultre gentleman’s watch - the AMVOX1. The exclusive timepiece housed precision engineering in a design inspired by the past which revived a link between the two companies that goes back more than 70 years. The dashboard of the giant killing 1.5-litre Aston Martin LM from the 1930s – a regular class winner in international motorsport including Le Mans – was dominated by Jaeger instruments.

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Historical Ties

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin, sharing common values of integrity, the pursuit of excellence and a great spirit of innovation, have come together to renew the historical ties that were first created in the 1920s. At that time, Edmond Jaeger was creating an illustrious name for the company in the area of precision instruments in the automotive field.

World War I seriously impeded watch production and made diversification a necessity. LeCoultre & Cie (in cooperation with Edmond Jaeger) naturally turned towards mastering other technical fields and explored new inventive horizons.

In 1920, LeCoultre and Jaeger exported over 20,000 counters to the United Kingdom.

In 1921, Jacques-David LeCoultre and his Parisian partners at Jaeger founded a small workshop in London, Ed Jaeger London Ltd, which, by 1925, specialised in automotive dashboard instruments. In the ensuing period, Jaeger became the prevalent supplier to the most prestigious car companies, including virtually all racing cars as 95% of car races were won by cars equipped with Jaeger counters.

The success of Jaeger in this field continued unabated, and the dashboard of the 1.5-litre Aston Martin LM from the 1930s, a class winner in international motor sport, was equipped with Jaeger instruments.

After the death of Jacques-David LeCoultre and other key players in the development of automobile and aviation instruments, relations with Jaeger become gradually weaker, and the end of World War II spelled the end of the production of automobile instruments in Le Sentier.

The reference in fine watchmaking and the best in performance cars were, however, always destined to meet again, and decided to develop a collection of timepieces in 2004.

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