When you think Jaeger-LeCoultre, you immediately think Reverso. Thin, elegant, discreet and with the iconic reversible case. There had been some highly complex versions though in the collection, just like the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon for the 85th anniversary of the model or minute repeaters. Today, La Grande Maison is bringing back complexity in its emblematic watch, with a slim, visually clean and elegant tourbillon model, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface.
To mark its 185th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre is taking a new step in the Reverso line, with this new Tribute Tourbillon Duoface, combining the double-dialled concept with a complex movement. Even though being dubbed “tribute”, this watch is entirely new – design, concept, movement… Equipped with a new manually-wound calibre, this timepiece is exclusive (only a few pieces, in platinum) and, as usual with Duoface pieces, has more to show than what you might see at first sight.
While complex Reverso watches had often been rather bulky, large and thick, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface is all about elegance in the proportions. The 950 platinum case, with a design that needs no introduction anymore (it has all the required attributes of a Reverso watch… Art Deco style, triple grooves), measures only 45.5mm x 27.4mm. It is thus no larger than a standard Reverso Classic Large model – which wears just like this one. Even better, the thickness of the entire case, including the double-caseback and the reversible system, is only 9.15mm. No bad for a tourbillon watch.
As always with double-dialled watches by JLC, the Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface has two faces. The first one – the one that seems to be the daily wearer – shows a classic sun-ray brushed blue dial with Dauphine hands and applied indices. Hours and minutes in the centre and a large aperture at 6 to display the ballet of the flying tourbillon – without an upper bridge and with its hairspring unusually placed on top of the module.
The second face of Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface is rather different but no less interesting. Much more technical, it displays the movement with on top a silvered grained dial for the independent second time-zone and the night-and-day indicator. This face of the watch is more technical, with a view of the tourbillon bridge. The seconds are indicated in a surprising way. As the tourbillon rotates counter-clockwise here, the seconds are engraved on the tourbillon cage and pointed by an arrow on the tourbillon bridge.
Altogether, this newly developed hand-wound calibre 847 displays hours and minutes on the main dial and the seconds on the tourbillon, a second time-zone and an indication of the day-and-night on its other dial. Its specifications (power reserve, frequency) haven’t been revealed yet. As usual with JLC, the decoration is very pleasant – blued screws, bevelled angles, mirror polished steel parts, radiating Geneva stripes.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface is worn on a blue alligator strap. It will be produced in 50 pieces only and priced at USD 123,000. More details on www.jaeger-lecoultre.com.
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