THE REV­ERSO MOVE­MENT

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For more than 85 years, the Rev­erso has evolved from a clas­sic polo sta­ple to a ver­sa­tile sig­na­ture in the col­lec­tion, hav­ing ex­panded to a Grande Rev­erso, to be­ing min­imised in the quartz Clas­sique. Here, we run through a brief timeline of the Rev­erso’s most sig­nif­i­cant mo­ments.

1931

The first Rev­erso was equipped with a man­u­al­ly­wound move­ment that op­er­ated the main hours. It was de­vel­oped by Ta­vannes Watch Co. at the time, cre­at­ing the cal­i­bre 064. When the Rev­erso be­gan se­rial pro­duc­tion, the cases were pro­duced by Genevan case maker A. E. Wenger. The di­als came in clas­sic black, white, cream, or brown, and a run­ning min­utes track along the bor­der.

1933

Jaeger-lecoul­tre de­vel­oped three new cal­i­bres – Cal­i­bre 404 for a ladies model, Cal­i­bre 410 for the small sec­onds ver­sion, and Cal­i­bre 411 for cen­tral sec­onds.

1937

Jaeger S. A. and Lecoul­tre merge to form JaegerLe­coul­tre.

1970S

The first Rev­erso set with di­a­monds was re­leased.

1982

In bat­tling the war of the Quartz Cri­sis, Jaeger-lecoul­tre re­vived the Rev­erso in a new quartz move­ment line whose cases were pur­chased by Gior­grio Corvo from the man­u­fac­ture’s case stock from ten years ago.

1985

Launch of the first wa­ter-re­sis­tant Rev­erso. Since the case mech­a­nism re­quired the ac­tion of lift­ing of flip­ping, the watch had to be re­con­structed to com­prise more than 50 parts, re­sult­ing in a man­u­fac­ture piece that could ro­tate at any point in hor­i­zon­tal case travel.

1993

The re­lease of the Rev­erso tour­bil­lon.

1994

The launch of the Duo­face. Fit with the Cal­i­bre 854/1, dis­plays two di­als, on ei­ther side of the front case. The sec­ond dial works as a sec­ond time­zone and even a day/night in­di­ca­tor.

2006

Tak­ing the dial com­bi­na­tions up a notch, Jaeger-lecoul­tre de­vel­oped a Rev­erso Grade Com­pli­ca­tion à Trip­tyque, a triple- dial Rev­erso that ex­hib­ited nor­mal time, side­real time, and a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar.

2008

The Gy­ro­tour­bil­lon, a be­he­moth in­no­va­tion com­prised of an ar­chi­tec­turally con­struct spher­i­cal tour­bil­lon with an outer ro­tat­ing cage that houses an in­ner three-minute ro­tat­ing tour­bil­lon, was fit into a Rev­erso for a 175th An­niver­sary piece. The dial is ex­posed on ei­ther side, the ex­posed Cal­i­bre 174 placed within sap­phire crys­tals, dis­play­ing the in­tri­cate assem­bly of the gear train, Clous de Paris hob­nail fin­ish­ing, and the gy­ro­tour­bil­lon, which could be ex­am­ined seam­lessly through the crys­tal dis­plays.

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