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Herald­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of Jaeger-lecoul­tre Rev­er­sos, the Re­verso Trib­ute Cal­en­dar is all about watch­mak­ing savoir-faire

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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

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