Jaeger-LeCoultre & the Diamond Jubilee

Jaeger-LeCoultre Diamond Jubilee Calibre 101

It’s good to be the Queen; especially, when Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Official Timekeeper of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, decides to give you a diamond encrusted Calibre 101 as an anniversary gift.  When Queen Elizabeth II was coronated in 1953, sixteen months after she took the throne, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 graced her wrist.  So, as an homage to that Calibre 101 and to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, JLC’s CEO Jérôme Lambert presented Queen Elizabeth with a new Calibre 101 Jewelry Timepiece.  Stress the “Jewelry.”  

Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 Movement

Created in 1929, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 holds the record as the world’s smallest mechanical movement, measuring 14 mm by 4.8 mm, consisting of 98 parts and weighing only one gramPresenting this particular queen with a Calibre 101 is especially apropos.  During WWII, then Princess Elizabeth trained as an engine mechanic.  Since that time, she has developed an affinity for all things mechanical.  There are few people better suited to appreciate the intricacies and nuances of the Calibre 101 as a piece of mechanical engineering.  On an interesting note, Jaeger-LeCoultre only produces the Calibre 101 in very limited numbers, as there are only two watchmakers in the entire manufacture trained to produce it.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin
It’s not everday Jaeger-LeCoultre is asked to be the timekeeper for a Diamond Jubilee Pageant.  So, JLC decided to milk it for all its worth.  While the Calibre 101 is definitely an iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, the Reverso takes the crown.  Developed in 1931 in response to polo players’ requests for an unbreakable watch to wear during a match, the Reverso is one of the most recognizable watches, period.  So, in honor of this occasion, JLC has created men’s and ladies’ limited six-piece edition Grande Reverso Ultra Thin engraved with the logo of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant and a commemorative message.

Photos from Jaeger-LeCoultre.com

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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