Jaeger-LeCoul­tre Rev­erso Gy­ro­tour­bil­lon 2

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I had to pick a Rev­erso. I mean, re­ally, what would a list like this be with­out the world’s first re­volv­ing wrist­watch, a boy toy that con­tin­ues to fas­ci­nate watch wear­ers 82 years af­ter its in­tro­duc­tion in 1931. A wrist­watch born of the need to pro­tect its frag­ile crys­tal for use in sports com­pe­ti­tion (in this case polo), it can truly be said that this was one of the most in­no­va­tive time­pieces of its time, a sports watch in its day.

To­day, it re­mains as rel­e­vant as ever, but it is avail­able in hun­dreds – if not thou­sands – of ver­sions. If you put the first one aside, which one is the most in­no­va­tive?

About a decade ago, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre be­gan adding com­pli­ca­tions to the Rev­erso in a move to push the en­tire line into a more haute hor­logerie place. The Rev­erso Gy­ro­tour­bil­lon 2 im­ple­ments evo­lu­tions of some of the in­no­va­tive and patented el­e­ments that were in­tro­duced in the Mas­ter-en­cased Gy­ro­tour­bil­lon of 2004, which fea­tured an early dou­ble-axis tour­bil­lon beat­ing away within its move­ment. At the time, the man­u­fac­ture said that the Gy­ro­tour­bil­lon would be­come a line, a se­ries – but it was never ex­pressly stated that it would con­tinue within the Mas­ter line, a log­i­cal choice thanks to its easy-to-work-with round case.

Imag­ine the sur­prise a few years later, cel­e­brat­ing the 175th an­niver­sary of this mas­ter­ful com­pany, to learn that the sec­ond Gy­ro­tour­bil­lon was to come out in the rec­tan­gu­lar Rev­erso, which was more dif­fi­cult to de­sign, thanks to its shape and the two-faced na­ture of the line, and in­cluded per­haps the best fin­ish­ing seen on a Jaeger-LeCoul­tre to this point.

Only 75 pieces were made of this Rev­erso con­tain­ing a rare cylin­dri­cal, blued hair­spring – one of its main dif­fer­ences from the first Gy­ro­tour­bil­lon – beat­ing away in­side its fas­ci­nat­ing bi­ax­ial tour­bil­lon ro­tat­ing at 18.75 sec­onds (in­side tour­bil­lon) and one minute (out­side tour­bil­lon). Right­fully, the front dial af­fords the cut­away dis­play­ing this lit­tle globe as much space and thus im­por­tance as the time dis­play: the two quite lit­er­ally share the space out be­tween them. Which is only right, af­ter all. ED

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