The Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s emblematic model, has a strong link with Britain. The creation itself of the Reverso finds it roots in UK, as this watch was created by Polo players that wanted to protect the dial and the glass of their watches. How could it be more British than that? In order to celebrate the opening of its new flagship boutique in London, Jaeger-LeCoultre is about to introduce a special edition of the Reverso that both pays tribute to Britain and, because of its colour, to the sport that inspired its creation. Here is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931 London Special Edition with green dial.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was created in 1931 after a request by various Polo players that wanted a timepiece robust enough to survive the brutality of their sport with elegance to match – a request sent directly to Jacques-David LeCoultre. The French engineer in charge of the development of this new watch designed a reversible case able to protect the fragile dial and glass of the watch (instead of the protective grill on the top of the dial that we can find on some WW1 military watches). On March 4, 1931, LeCoultre patented the concept of a watch that is able to slide out of its frame and turn around completely, by using grooves, pins and a locking mechanism.
Since then, thousands editions of the Reverso were launched: multiple shapes (including the sporty Squadra, some feminine versions plus many Ultra-Slim editions), all types of complications (from simple quartz editions to extremely complicated Tourbillons or Minute Repeaters) and many, many colours. However, if you want our frank opinion, the simplest is a Reverso, the more attractive it is. That’s the main reason why we, at Monochrome-Watches, have something special for the Grande Reverso 1931 Ultra-Slim, a visually simple and pure edition that pays tribute to the early models, with a slim profile, a manually wound movement and a sleek dial. This watch exists in several editions: in black, in gold with a white dial, in gold with a superb chocolate dial and a stunning cordovan strap but also in more original editions like this red dial one or the recently introduced Seconde Centrale. Now, it comes in a limited edition of 26 pieces to celebrate the opening of the new London Flagship Boutique (13, Old Bond Street, London).
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931 Special Edition London relies on the exact same mechanical base as the other editions of the Ultra-Thin 1931 and only differentiates by visual modifications. The main one is of course this ‘very British’ deep green lacquered dial. The rest remains equivalent, as for the 46.8mm x 27.4mm stainless steel case, with a rather slim profile of 7.27mm (that include the flipping case, the flipping mechanism and the case back) and for the dial that keeps the same short sword hands, the slim applied markers and metallic minute track.
The other unique feature of this Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931 Special Edition London is the scenery engraved on the hidden side of the central case. The solid case back features an engraving of the Palace of Westminster and of the famous clock tower, Big Ben. Behind this case back, the mechanics are however well-known, as this Reverso features the mechanical hand-wound Calibre 822, a 2.94mm movement that boasts 45 hours of power reserve.
This special edition of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931 is limited to 26 pieces, only available at the Jaeger-LeCoultre London Flagship Boutique and priced at £6.800. More details on Jaeger-LeCoultre.com.
- Mechanical hand-wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822
- 21,600 vibrations per hour
- 21 jewels
- 2.94 mm thick
- 134 parts
- 45-hour power reserve
- Hours, minutes
- Green lacquered
- Silver-toned hour-markers
- 8 mm long
- 4 mm wide
- 27 mm thick
- Big Ben engraving on the back
- “1000 Hours Control” indication & “The London Flagship Edition n°XX/26” on the caseback
- Water resistance: 3 bar
Available Exclusively at Jaeger-LeCoultre Flagship Boutique / 13 Old Bond Street, London / +44 (0) 203 402 1960