Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Reverso has a rich and fascinating history. It was created in the year 1931, specifically for mounted polo players (British army officers stationed in India to be precise) to wear during their matches. The ingenious swivelling reversible case brought the watch’s solid steel caseback to the front and hid the dial side underneath – all to address one and only one problem – to protect the glass on the dial side from breaking – from swinging polo mallets during Polo Matches. Fast forward 90 years, so much has changed, but what stuck around was the timeless design of the Reverso. to protect the glass from swinging polo mallets while playing.
For Watches & Wonders 2021, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Reverso Tribute Small Seconds Green with an arresting green sunray-brushed lacquer dial. On it are all of the signature design elements of the Reverso Tribute: the hours are marked by applied indexes rather than numerals. Their faceted shape echoes the form of the Dauphine hands and adds visual depth to the lacquered surface. The small seconds at six o’clock brings perfect balance to the aesthetic appearance of the watch.
Housed within the 45.6mm x 27.4mm stainless steel case is the manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 822/2 that provides a power reserve of 42 hours. In keeping with Reverso tradition, the solid metal back of the reversible case is an ideal canvas for personalisation with a motif or engraving. The owner can choose to keep this personalisation hidden, as a private pleasure, or to turn the case over, so that the back becomes the front.
Paying homage to its polo heritage, the watch is fashioned with a green calf leather strap from Casa Fagliano, a renowned equestrian footwear and saddlery manufacturer from Argentina.
REVERSO TRIBUTE SMALL SECONDS
Case material: Steel
Case dimensions: 45.6 x 27.4 mm
Movement: Manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 30 metres
Case back: closed
Strap: Green calf