Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre hosts the children of the Vallée de Joux as part of a watch-themed experience

06.04.13

Since 1833, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has remained true to its historical roots in the Vallée de Joux. Its integration within this exceptional location perched between the lake and forests has always been a crucial factor for Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has succeeded in striking the perfect balance between nature and culture, growth and respect for the environment, an international reach and local roots.

To mark the 180th anniversary of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, the “Grande Maison” invited children from 6th grade classes to create an artistic project on the theme of watchmaking. Within the framework of this initiative that began six months ago, pupils were challenged to imagine the “Watch of the Future” equipped with an unprecedented horological complication.

The purpose of this initiative was to enable children to discover the activities and the operation of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, which is an integral part of the economic and social life of the Vallée de Joux. In the course of an exclusive visit, the 50 pupils had a chance to discover the workshops and to talk with the artisans and master-watchmakers about their expertise. In the decoration workshop, they also
enjoyed an opportunity to try circular-graining a baseplate.

Following this exceptional tour of the watchmaking workshops, parents joined their children for a preview showing of the works thus created, along with refreshments organised in the company restaurant. Through an assorted range of digital watches, a guardian angel watch and a football watch, children gave rein to their imagination by creating over 50 innovative models and – who knows? – quite possible the actual watch of the future!