Jaeger-LeCoultre is known for setting the gold standard for expert craftsmanship, sophistication and a rare gift of timeless appeal. The Reverso is arguably the brand’s most notable model, a wristwatch that solved a problem common to 1930s polo men who found their timepieces not quite up to the game. intense.
Jaeger-LeCoultre took up the challenge in 1931 by using the mechanism patented by engineer Alfred Chauvot which allowed a watch case to be turned over to protect it from damage.
In the decades that followed, the Reverso evolved from an innovative sports watch created for officers of the British Army to a beautiful art deco watch worn from the boardroom to the most exclusive dinner party and everywhere in between. The back of the watch case – an alluring blank metallic canvas – inspired the creation of personalized art, from personal engravings to jewel-encrusted lacquers and enamel that fuel a vigorous collector’s market today.
Experiencing a revival in the mid-1980s after a few decades when it was not in production, the Reverso has come back stronger and more beautiful – and more complicated – than ever. There are now dozens of Reverso models and styles spanning nearly a century since the iconic watch was introduced.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds
The Reverso Tribute Small Seconds with green dial capitalizes both on the 2021 trend with green dials and special watch brands celebrating 90 years of the Reverso.
It is a breathtaking watch. And it’s a fitting homage to the first sports watch, featuring a vintage-inspired dial with a lacquered green sunray motif, faceted indexes, dauphine-style hands and a large subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock. .
For me, Jaeger-LeCoultre made it difficult to choose between recent versions blue, burgundy, and now green dials.
Every time Jaeger-LeCoultre has released a new dial color, I have said to myself: “This is the perfect Reverso for me!” Even though burgundy is gorgeous, it might just be too strong a color for my personality – I prefer more subtle colors. I tried the blue dial and almost came home with it, but after looking at the photos that had it on my wrist, with its combination of deep blue dial and highly polished case, it looked more like a dress watch. for a special occasion than a daily wearer.
Like many (if not most) these days, I’m more likely to wear sweatpants or jeans rather than a suit, meaning the Blue Dial Reverso would likely spend more time in a box than it does. on my wrist. When I finally tried out the new green dial model, I found it to have a more everyday appeal, with its calming forest green color appearing almost gray or charcoal in low light conditions.
The 45.6 x 27.4mm case dimensions fit my 16.5cm wrist size very comfortably. It’s a slightly larger case than my discontinued Reverso Grande Taille, which measures 42.4 x 26mm. The profile remains slim at just 8.5mm in height.
The Tribute Small Seconds with green dial is fitted with the manually-wound JLC 822/2 caliber with a 45-hour power reserve. This classic rectangular 108-part movement with small seconds has been specially designed for the Reverso.
The complementary green calfskin strap is a story in itself. Each bracelet is handmade, in a six hour per bracelet process, by the famous Argentinian bespoke polo shoemaker Casa Fagliano. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s partnership with Casa Fagliano began in 2011, and since then the Reverso special editions have been enhanced with the high-quality products of the shoemaker.
When you buy a Reverso, the question always arises: what to engrave on the solid metal back of the reversible case? Initials? The family crest? A special date? A photo of a pet? Or, as in my case, the enterprising Mr Krabs of “Spongebob Squarepants”?
Let me know your engraving suggestions in the comments below as I continue to consider purchasing this magnificent timepiece.
For more information, please visit www.jaeger-lecoultre.com/mo/en/watches/reverso.
At a glance Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds Green
Case: 44.6 x 27.4 x 8.5mm, stainless steel
Movement: caliber 822/2 with manual winding, frequency 3 Hz / 21,600 vibrations / hour, power reserve of 42 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Price: $ 8,950 / € 8,350
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