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Heralding a new generation of Jaeger-lecoultre Reversos, the Reverso Tribute Calendar is all about watchmaking savoir-faire
Jaeger-lecoultre’s Reverso Tribute Calendar is all about watchmaking savoir-faire
When a watch is said to be an icon, it means that this watch will be recognised regardless of its logo, and it will be acknowledged without having to mention its manufacture. The Jaeger-lecoultre Reverso is such an icon, and when the Grande Maison made a Reverso that did not bear its insignia in 2012, nobody minded and everybody loved the watch. It was a bold move, but the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 simply didn’t need an insignia because the Reverso is so legendary that it is practically a brand unto itself. Over the past 85 years since its debut, there have been more variations of the Reverso than anyone can possibly remember. This year, Jaeger-lecoultre saw fit to reorganise the collection, with the Reverso Tribute line containing all of the most horologically sophisticated creations.
As it honours all of the most distinctive aesthetic codes of the Reverso, from the elegant rectangular case with smooth curved sides to the triple gadroons flanking it on the top and bottom, not forgetting the discreet angled lugs and sharp Dauphine-type hands, the Reverso Tribute stands apart from the other lines by focusing on keeping its proportions balanced. The idea is to respect the legendary timepiece without distracting the wearer from the haute horlogerie elements, and you can be certain to find these applied throughout the Reverso Tribute range, foremost of which is the complete calendar model.
The complete calendar is traditionally arranged with twin apertures abreast of each other displaying the day and month, along with an analogue date sub-dial at six o’clock. Jaeger-lecoultre had chosen to fully respect this arrangement, but not without applying some of its own unique touches. Notice that the golden moon in the moon phase display that is set within the date sub-dial has been finished with a hammered effect, which gives it a photo-realistic effect. Watch connoisseurs would be especially appreciative of how Jaeger-lecoultre preserves the classic Reverso aesthetic while introducing a new function, but there’s more. Turn the case over to the other side to uncover another dial providing second time zone with day/night indication.
Where the first dial is light, pure, and deeply traditional, the second is dark, rich, and more contemporary. Yet both sides are not without reminders of Jaeger-lecoultre’s high watchmaking knowhow. Everything from hand-applied facetted hour markers on the front to the clous de Paris guilloché dial on the back have been thoughtfully implemented to delight the connoisseur in all of us. All Reverso Tribute watches also feature sunray finishing on the case carrier seen only when the case is detached, which given the tacit beauty of both dials, will be very often indeed. MOVEMENT Manual-winding Calibre 853 with complete calendar, moon phases, second time zone, day/night indication, and 45-hour power reserve
CASE 49.4mm x 29.9mm in pink gold, water resistant to 30m STRAP Brown alligator leather with pink gold folding clasp PRICE $35,500