A rare and stunning Jaeger LeCoultre Swiss gilt equestrian eight day mantel clock.
The wonderfully heavy gilt case in the form of a horse rider’s stirrup has a gilded and fully jewelled skeletonised baguette movement suspended between the glazed panels.
This is an unusual clock rarely seen and would look incredibly stylish on a desk, mantelpiece or table.
About Jaeger LeCoultre
Jaeger LeCoultre is synonymous with prestige and precision as well as innovation. In 1903, Paris-based watchmaker to the French Navy, Edmond Jaeger, challenged Swiss manufacturers to develop and produce the ultra-thin movements that he had invented. Jacques-David LeCoultre, Antoine’s grandson who was responsible for production at LeCoultre & Cie., accepted the challenge, giving rise to a collection of ultra-thin pocket watches, including the thinnest in the world in 1907, equipped with the LeCoultre Calibre 145.
The same year, French jeweller Cartier, one of Jaeger’s clients, signed a contract with the Parisian watchmaker under which all Jaeger movements for a period of fifteen years would be exclusive to Cartier. The movements were produced by LeCoultre. Edmond Jaeger also acquired the patent for the atmospherically driven clock Atmos from its inventor Jean-Léon Reutter and licensed it to LeCoultre from 1936 for France, and in 1937 for Switzerland.
The collaboration between Jaeger and LeCoultre led to the company being officially renamed Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937.
Gilt brass and glass
The clock is in excellent condition with only minor marks and surface scratches consistent with age.
Height: 6 inches (15.5cm)
Width: 5 inches (13cm)
Depth: 1.50 inches (4cm)