The present watch is a very fine and rare example of a "grand complication" watch signed Cartier, combining a state-of-the art minute repeating, perpetual calendar and split seconds chronograph movement and a high quality case of timeless elegance. The rarity of this collector's piece is furthermore enhanced by its excellent, original overall condition.
The collaboration between the famous houses Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre is most probably the oldest and longest partnership between two manufacturers. Already in 1903, the Alsatian watchmaker Edmond Jaeger was commissioned by the Parisian fine jeweler Cartier with the supply of movements for their emerging watch business, which were manufactured in their "European Watch & Clock Company" workshops. In the same year, Jaeger and the Swiss watchmaker Antoine LeCoultre, a pioneer in the field of precision and a brilliant inventor, joined forces.
Over the years, the firms of Jaeger and LeCoultre (which merged in 1925 and became Jaeger-LeCoultre) produced mechanical movements for various of Cartier's most famous timepieces, most notably Santos and Tank, the eclipse pocket watches and eight-day watches.