It’s one of the most beautiful rectangular watches in the world, since its creation in 1931. We’re talking about none other than the iconic Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Famed for its iconic flip-case mechanism, the Reverso continues to be a source of inspiration for watchmakers, artists and artisans of the Grande Maison, as well as a source of delight for lovers of rare and precious objects in which the level of sophistication is paralleled only by mechanical excellence and aesthetic achievement.
To mark its 185th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces the new Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface which brings together a flying tourbillon with the Duoface concept; two techniques that represent absolute sophistication. Equipped with the new manually wound calibre, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 847, this unique timepiece is a show of exclusivity down to the very few number of models produced. This limited edition will be kept to a mere fifty pieces, each representing a pure expression of unique watchmaking expertise.
An exceptional timepiece combining finesse and grand complications
Following in the footsteps of iconic models such as the Hybris Mechanica 11 and Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon, this exceptional timepiece boasts ideal proportions, a sign of refinement highly sought after and cherished by connoisseurs.
For starters, it offers two-time zones on two separate dials. The technical feat achieved here is maintaining the tourbillon’s moving carriage and its sprung balance through the use of an ingenious ball-bearing system, all while still offering the freedom to express oneself fully on the back of the watch. The overall design of the new Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface has been revamped. The platinum case measuring a mere 9.15 millimetres houses all the various components. The result is two hand-fittings in a single movement brought together with a grand complication, a challenge that remains formidable to achieve.
Designed with stylistic codes borrowed from Art Deco—the same that have characterised the legendary Reverso ever since its creation in 1931—this new opus pays homage to the original models, timepieces which are inseparable from both the history and heritage of the Manufacture. Timeless and inimitable, the specific codes of this collection have been applied with an impeccable level of respect. A blue sunrayed dial and silvered hand- applied hour-markers adorn the front side, with Dauphine hands that seem to step aside as the haunting spectacle of the flying tourbillon takes centre stage, swaying as though weightlessness at six o’clock.
On the opposite side, the grained dial and Côtes de Genève finishes make the perfect housing for emblematic functions like a second time zone, small seconds, or the day/night indicator discreetly nestled at 2 o’clock. With a simple move of the finger, the watch offers up one of its two faces, each possessing an aesthetic at once complimentary and diametrically opposed. The front, adorned with deep blue, is a bold expression of elegance. The opposite side, with a rough metal effect, strives for a sober and streamlined aesthetic. Both sides bear the same flying tourbillon, a feature that brings ultimate sophistication, its lower portion lodged within the platinum case, giving it a slightly rounded and curved shape. The effect is a nod (or all-out salute) to discerning collectors who are sure to be seduced and enchanted by the subtle touch.