Jean Lassale Watches
Jean Lassale Watches are timepieces made by the Swiss company Jean Lassale
Brief History and Description
Jean Lassale is credited with the designing of the thinnest mechanical watch movement: 1.2 mm known as the Calibre 1200. The company Bouchet-Lassale was established by Jean Bouchet-Lassale in 1976. The company has won a number of awards for its watches. Some of the awards that the company include the Salon International des Inventions et des techniques nouvelles; Geneve 1976 where it won three awards including Medaille d’Or avec felicitations, Grand Prix de la Ville de Geneve and Prix de la Chambre Suisse de l’Horlogerie.
There is also the Salon Mondial des Inventins; Bruxelles, December 1976 where it won the awards, Grand Prix du Jury pour les innovations industrielles and Medaille d’Or (Gold Medal). The following year at International Inventors Expo «77» held in New York in March, 1977, the company won a Gold Medal, an Award of Honor and an Award of Merit.
The company Bouchet-Lassale following some turbulent economic periods filed some patents including; the Sealing Arrangement for an Extra-Flat Waterproof Watch Case which was filed on 10/11/1980 which was designed by Pierre Goy. The patent file number is UK Patent GB 2 087 603 A. INT CL: G04B 37/11. The other patent is Clasp for watch bracelet which was filled on 13/06/1983 designed by Jean Bouchez. The patent was Swiss patent CH651729 (AS).
Eventually, the Jean Lassale SA company succumbed to economic hardships and thus it was excluded from the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in 2006 after filling for bankruptcy which was declared by Tribunal de Premier Instance in 2003.
Guide for Collectors
Collectors should be aware that the Jean Lassale watches that belong to the ‘Jean Lassale Collection’ are not available for sale through the internet. The website collectionjeanlassale.ch gives a number of contacts where Jean Lassale watches should be bought. It is important to note that the watches are sold through contacting the e-mail provided, mail or fax.
However, collectors can also get used watches that have been owned by collectors or independent collectors from various quarters such as the online auction website eBay. There are other websites as well that are offering Jean Lassale watches for sale although it is important to note that they do not belong to the ‘Jean Lassale Collection’ and if they do, they are secondhand watches.
Notable Auction Sales
Because of the superior quality and invention that Jean Lassale employed on their watches, there have been a number of watches auctioned around the world from Jean Lassale Watch Company. Some of them have realized some high prices. One of the notable auction sales was an 18 carat gold quartz bracelet watch, with a rectangular dial with baton markers that was put on an auction in South Kensington, London. The watch realized a price of $1,788. At the same auction, A Jean Lassale 18 carat gold chronograph bracelet watch Z10359 realized a price of $3,601. This auction is the most expensive auction sale of a Jean Lassale watch. It was conducted by Christie’s Auction house on May 15th, 1992.