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Focus // Extra-thin // Thursday, 19 December 2013

The skinny on ultra-thin watches

Even though there is no accepted definition of an extra-thin timepiece, watchmakers nonetheless strive to skim valuable millimetres from movements, as evidenced by this autumn's models. Something to slip under the Christmas tree, perhaps. An emblematic figure of the Enlightenment, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) is remembered as a musician, a poet and a playwright to whom we...

Christophe Roulet

 
Extra-thin // Thursday, 19 December 2013

Not one but two records in 2013

The record for the world's thinnest manual-winding mechanical watch was toppled not once but twice this year. At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in January, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled its Master Ultra Thin Jubilee in honour of the Manufacture's 180th anniversary. With its Calibre 849 (1.85mm) slipped inside a "knife-shaped" case measuring 4.05mm high, this timepiece...

Christophe Roulet

 
Extra-thin // Thursday, 19 December 2013

To each its own

There was a time when movements were a business conducted between like-minded firms. Thus Jaeger-LeCoultre was a long-time supplier of companies such as Audemars Piguet, which at one point held a 40% stake in the brand, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Before launching production under its own name, Piaget was for decades a renowned movement manufacturer. But times have changed. The...

Christophe Roulet