Jaeger-LeCoultre certainly falls into the haute horlogerie category with not too high end brands. Although there are many fine timepieces that come from the Jaeger-LeCoultre line, the most outstanding timepiece that is as exquisite as time itself is the Reverso model.
This is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most recognizable and exquisite timepiece; it comes in an iconic rectangular design with a classy reversible case.
History of Design
The history of the Reverso is indeed very altruistic; it started sometime in the early 1920s when the British Army higher ranking officers stationed in India were fretful over the durability of their watches due to the frequent aggressive polo games they enjoyed.
Watch manufacturer, Jaeger-LeCoultre considered these feedbacks seriously to design a case that is reversible as a form of protection for the watch crystal so that it would not be damaged by strong impacts or shocks as would be incurred in polo games with the hard beatings and swinging of the polo sticks. Hence, with diligence designing and handiwork, Jaeger-LeCoultre showcased the Reverso in the year 1931 with full patent rights. And it was only all praises from that day.
And in the year 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre was pleased to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its exquisite timepiece, the Reverso with a new delight; a new model of the Reverso that is ultra-thin; barely 7.2 millimeter, the new Reverso model is attributed as a “tribute to 1931”.
It was a great success for Jaeger-LeCoultre as it is seldom for watch makers to enhance subsequent editions of their models as well as Jaeger-LeCoultre did. The brand was met with great applause further acknowledging the world-class skills of the brand Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The “tribute to 1931” model or enhanced edition of the Reverso is to come in two versions: a stainless steel regular production and a rose gold limited edition production. Although the rose gold model is of limited edition with all its impressiveness, the stainless steel model made as great an impact as an iconic watch with the right material used in crafting it.
These Reverso versions also have a similar dial as its original predecessor but they do not display the brandname “Jaeger-LeCoultre” as the original timepiece did. The only word printed on these edition pieces is “Reverso” right at 12 o’clock.
These “tribute to 1931” versions showcase an ultra-flat in-house manual winding movement that displays only the basic necessities of time – in terms of minutes and hours; there is no date window nor is there any seconds reading.
Exquisite timepieces by Jaeger-LeCoultre, like the Reverso, have kept this skillful watch maker ticking strongly for 98 years since the introduction of Reverso in the year 1931.
A single exquisite timepiece like the Reverso is sufficient to keep the brandname Jaeger-LeCoultre a classic choice like a few other top-class brand names. You can say that Jaeger-LeCoultre has designed a classic cult watch; and it is imperative that you get a Reverso timepiece that is closest to the original Reverso to enjoy that classy classic status. And there is no other choice than the “tribute to 1931” Reverso versions.