It was a busy month in November for Jaeger LeCoultre, with several different events taking place in which the brand had a major role to play.
Watch collectors, art lovers and timepiece enthusiasts all came to the Jaeger-LeCoultre space at SalonQP to meet the people behind the brand.
From antique LeCoultre watches to bespoke cufflinks in the shape of the iconic Reverso case, friends of Jaeger-LeCoultre shared their appreciation of the brand that marks 178 years of watchmaking history.
Then on Tuesday (November 29) there was a dedicated sale for timepieces from the brand at Artcurial.
The top lot was a Perpetual Calendar Steel Staybrite, ref no. 52523. Created around 1934, this is an exceptional and very rare steel pocket watch with a perpetual calendar.
It presents a beautiful white enamel dial with the day in the subdial at 9 o'clock, the date in the subdial at 3 o'clock, with month and leap year in the large subdial at noon. Indication of moon phases on the night sky appears at 6 o'clock with the small second hand.
The blued steel hands are pear-shaped, and the main numbers are painted Arabic numerals. Based on the mechanical movement calibre Lecoultre 19LRCB, it was sold in the shop LEROY & SON, 35 avenue de l'Opéra Paris 2nd and probably made to order.
It is the first perpetual calendar steel Staybrite pocket watch recorded and is probably unique. Until now, no steel pocket watch with perpetual calendar had been offered at auction. It beat its €60,000-80,000 listing to bring €87,820 (approx $117,300).
Perhaps even more remarkable was an orange Bakelite and chrome ATMOS clock with perpetual movement. Listed at €10,000-15,000 it tripled expectations to bring €48,166.
Collectors looking for a fine watch but without five figure sums to spend should take a look at this Longines men's watch which we currently have available.