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Compass camera by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Photo taken in Paris with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Compass camera.
©Jean-Philippe Hussenet.
Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Compass camera by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre to Show Photographs Taken by the “Compass”

By Eliza Jordan

April 19, 2017

Nearly 100 years ago, Jaeger-LeCoultre developed not a watch, but a camera, that would forever put the company on the map. The small camera, the Compass, was made in a 4,000-piece limited series in 1937. Small enough to fit in a cigarette pack, the camera took a spin, snapping photographs in cities like New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Venice.

In Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, “The Art of Behind the Scenes,” a Jaeger-LeCoultre-organized event, will show a series of black-and-white photographs taken by the Compass, including iconic shots of the Empire State building and the Eiffel Tower.

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Compass camera by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
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