Mike Thompson talks about Jaeger LeCoultre’s throwback with their new collection. Tomorrow stay tuned for an in-depth exclusive into the watchmaker’s biggest icon, the Reverso from WatchUWant’s Tim Mosso.
This Le Sentier-based watch company in 2016 focuses on its 85-year-old Reverso collections. Just prior to the January SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre debuted these first models within two newly defined Reverso collections, Reverso Classic and Reverso Tribute, while the first models in a third collection, called Reverso One, will debut at the SIHH. Finally, Jaeger-LeCoultre codifies customization options for this collection with a bespoke Atelier Reverso.
The Reverso Classic watches focus on the collection’s Art Deco inspiration while also offering new automatic options. This collection emphasizes the well-known Reverso geometric case and lugs, the straight Arabic numerals, the minute track and the ideal Golden Ratio-inspired case proportions. Available in small, medium and large sizes, the Reverso Classic models feature subtly reworked lugs (they are slimmer) and all will have a black and white front dial that is subtly textured with a guilloché center and a vertical-brushed exterior.
For additional features, look to the Reverso Classic Large Duo, which will accommodate a second timezone on a steel or pink gold case. On the model pictured, note the day/night indicator (at 6 o’clock) on the brushed, guilloché front dial. The black dial on the back bears large stamped hour-markers and is graced with clous de Paris hobnail finishing. It displays home time instead of the traditional 12 o’clock numeral. Also within this collection is Reverso Classic Duetto with back and front dials and a double set of hands driven by a single movement.
All Reverso Tribute models feature the Duo concept of two independent faces complete with a day/night indicator. The Reverso Tribute Calendar, the first model in this collection, adds a complete calendar. On one side it displays that calendar while on the other side is the Reverso Duo function. Anthracite predominates on the guilloché dial with its clous de Paris hobnail finish. Inside the premiere model’s pink gold case is Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 853.