Antoine LeCoultre's Peak in Himalayas

Nov 18, 2009
Conquering a new mountain always represents a remarkable adventure, especially when it comes to the magnificent Himalayan range running along the north of Nepal. This time the challenging task was accomplished by three courageous climbers, sponsored by the renowned Swiss watchmaking house Jaeger-LeCoultre.

The team was formed of the Swiss mountaineer Stephane Schaffter, 19-time Everest veteran Apa Sherpa and Little Karim, who happens to be an acclaimed expert in this domain. The members of the party succeeded in ascending a 6,589-meter peak, in spite of constant avalanche threats and the base camp, being heavily snowed. The mountain has been officially entitled "Antoine LeCoultre's Peak" in order to pay homage to the brands participation in the event.

Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, distinguished by impeccable functionality, were exposed on the wrists of all three mountaineers. It is worth mentioning that the watches chosen to represent the brand, were issued in different periods of time. For example, one of the participants treated his wrist to a Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Chronometer, released in 1958. It is an iconic timepiece, featuring an anti-magnetic stainless steel case and hour and minute hands applied with luminous compound to make the dial highly legible.

Stephane Schaffter wore on his wrist a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB watch. With a tourbillon incorporated, this highly advanced from a technological standpoint model was unveiled in 2007. The Jaeger-LeCoultre watch is a clever blend of technical performance and horological components, such as a case, sculptured in titanium, a tourbillon cage in a magnesium alloy, as well as a mechanism, engineered to function free of lubrication.

The third participant of the extraordinary event wore the brands timekeeper, which is currently running through its final production stages. As Watches.InfoNIAC.com found out, it is scheduled to be presented in January at the 2010 SIHH industry exhibition, which will take place in Geneva.

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