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Jacques Lemans: don’t tell the Watch Snob!

by Jonathan Fairfield
26 March, 2013
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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

Jacques Lemans Genève Grande Classique G-163A

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of the Watch Snob‘s utter disgust at even the thought of a Jacques Lemans watch.

Now we know that a watch from Jacques Lemans isn’t going to be the centre piece of a luxury watch collection. Far from it. You’re not going to find a Jacques Lemans as the most talked about watch at Baselworld, for example.

However, as Click Tempus brings you watch news and information from some of the worlds finest and most exclusive watch makers, it’s only fair that we cover brands at the other end of the spectrum, shall we say.

The truth is that brands such as Jacques Lemans or some of the more affordable designer watches are far more accessible to the regular watch buying public and therefore make up the bulk of global watch sales.

Founded in 1976, Jacques Lemans produces large numbers of affordable (dare I say ‘budget’) watches that are sold in over 120 countries around the world. With this in mind, it’s a little surprising that the brand isn’t as well known as other mid or lower level Swiss watch brands. Well, I say ‘Swiss’, the truth is that its headquarters is located in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria, with additional production plants in Germany and Hong Kong.

They are however, part of the Swiss Watch International Group, so they must be Swioh hold on… SWI is based in Hollywood, USA. This is all getting rather confusing, isn’t it? I’ll leave it up to you to decide if they’re Swiss or not.

It could well be that Jacques Lemans is a brand you’ve maybe seen around but are not so familiar with its watch collection. If you’re a frequent flyer, you might be a little more clued up with Jaques Lemans than the rest of us as the brand is advertised on-board more than 70 international airlines.

For some, this in itself is enough to never buy a Jacques Lemans watch. However, for the most part they offer excellent build quality and nicely designed timepieces at very reasonable prices – generally speaking, a Jacques Lemans watch normally costs less than £200.

Many of the sub £200 watches feature Japanese quartz movements, which is fine, but if you delve a little deeper (and your wallet is a little larger) you can pick up a Swiss made automatic, complete with sapphire crystal from its high end ‘Geneve’ collection (which is actually Swiss made), for around £1000, with other tasty models available for around £500.

The brand hit the headlines in 2009 when it was unveiled as the official watch supplier for the UEFA Champions League. It also has an ongoing association with F1, with the Jacques Lemans F1 Collection remaining one of the brand’s most popular to date.

Away from the world of sport, Jacques Lemans released the Expendables Collection, specially made for the blockbuster movie, The Expendables 2, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzeneggar and just about every other aging action movie star. The Expendables has becoming an Employment Bureau for Hollywood’s expendables.

All in all, Jacques Lemans is a pretty decent entry or lower level watch brand. It’s never going to be the prized piece in your collection but its extensive range of watches (and there are plenty) voffers something for everyone. Its Geneve line, in particular, is well worth exploring.

Jacques Lemans F1 Collection Alarm Chrono

Jacques Lemans F1 Alarm Chrono

 

The Jacques Lemans F1 Alam Chrono F-5007E F1 Watch is crafted from stainless steel and measures 40mm in diameter. It’s driven by a quartz movement with a chronograph feature that displays minute and second counters at 12 and 9 o’clock, with an alarm indicator at 6 o’clock.  The watch also offers water resistance to 100 metres.

Jacques Lemans GU194C Geneve Tempora Diver’s Watch

Taken from the Geneve collection, the Jacques Lemans GU194C Geneve Tempora Diver’s watch is made in Switzerland and includes a unidirectional bezel and scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The blue dial features bold and white hour markers and hands, which have undergone superluminova treatment. The dial also features a date window at 3 o’clock. The 45mm stainless steel cases houses a Swiss quartz movement and provides water resistance to 200m.

Jacques Lemans G-189C Geneve Tempora Automatic

 

 

Released in 2008, the Jacques Lemans G-189C Geneve Tempora Automatic watch includes a custom made scratch resistant sapphire crystal, that protects a rich black dial. The watch also includes chronograph with displaying 60 second, 30 minute and 12 hour sub dials. A date window can also be found at 4 o’clock.

The case is made from stainless steel and measures 48mm in diameter. The watch is driven by an automatic self winding Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement, with 25 jewels. The G-189C is a stylish timepiece and proves that Jacques Lemans is more than a discount watch brand.  The Jacques Lemans G-189C Geneve Tempora Automatic watch normally retails for around £1000.

Jacques Lemans Geneve Grande Classique G-163A

The Grande Classique range is another line of popular timepieces taken from the Geneve collection. The watch includes the same Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement as the G-189B watch. Its black dial features a black mother of pearl with 11 genuine pearls as hour markers, as well as a mother of pearl caseback.

The case measures 42mm in diameter and also includes a sapphire crystal and is presented in a very stylish wooden display case. The Jacques Lemans Geneve Grande Classique G-163A is available for less than £500.

 

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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