Tucked away in a little mountain village outside of Geneva you will find the Mecca for any watch-lover. If you've been following along through Instagram and Snapchat you might remember that this is where I was a while back when saying that I went on a special little trip to Switzerland. Now, for anyone who knows me my love for watches and their complicated mechanisms is not news but for anyone who doesn't know my personally this little interest might come as a bit of a shock... Or well, shock is a big word, surprise might be better suited. Okay, I'll let you in on the whole (cheesy) story to explain this little obsession of mine. An old boyfriend of mine had an enormous interest for these kind of items and as you do, when in love, I tried to show my interest in what he loved as well. I actually tried to understand his passion so much it ended up becoming a passion of my own. Funny how things turn out right? See there, now you know me just as well as my personal friends (well, almost at least).
Due to this secret little interest I almost jumped out of my chair of excitement when I received Jaeger-LeCoultre's invitation to their manufacture in Switzerland. Once there, at one of the world's most classic and prestigious watch manufactures, I got to learn everything I could possibly think of when it comes to watchmaking, their classic model the Reverso (which happens to be celebrating 85 years at the moment) as well as what's new and in store for the brand to come.
I got to give engraving a go (and failed miserably...), talk to the factory workers who were more than happy to show me how diamonds were placed in their right spot and how one of the world's most complicated watch mechanisms works in the "Grande sonnerie" (you have to see this if you haven't yet) that one of the men has been working on for almost a whole year now.
In the photos above you can also see the newest models of their most classic watch the Reverso. Why is it called the Reverso you ask? Because you can actually flip the watch around and either engrave the back of it or have a whole other dial on the other side. Pretty clever, no? Look at that model in rose gold with the moon phase on the other side! Ok, now I feel like I'm loosing you... Enough with the geekiness! I hope you enjoyed this little peek into watch making and perhaps even learned something new? Either way I'm so happy to share this little interest and hope you see the beauty in this complicated process of making time. Thank you for making a personal little dream come true Jaeger-LeCoultre!