As far as high-comps departments go, Jaeger-LeCoultre is right up in the most rarefied air of exhilarating places to be for a young watchmaker. But first, how to get there? What traits and qualities does JLC look for in the process of hiring the best and brightest new watchmakers? Stéphane Belmont, Director of Heritage and Rare Pieces, explains what it takes. What skills do you look for in the technicians who will work in the high complications department? There is not one type. We have very different personalities who work in this department – the diversity of the people is key to achieve those complications because you need people who are very quick to capture an idea and begin to engage their skills. They will find the solution as a team almost right away. The attitude is, “Ah yeah, I think I can do it.” They are very intuitive and they feel like they will find a solution. You also need other people, who are much more settled, that will then, from the time of this first idea, very carefully develop every single part, check that everything can work and do the real hard work of developing the watch. At…

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