To many, Jaeger-LeCoultre is, first and foremost, the Reverso, represented by plenty of models with incredible mechanical and artistic complications to please the most discerning customer. However, contrary to what you might think, for a good two-thirds of its existence, since 1931 and until 1990, the Reverso collection featured time-only watches. The king of complications, the tourbillon, made its way into the JLC offering only in 1993. For the Maison, it was the first to appear in a wristwatch and the first in the Reverso collection. Thirty years later, with proven expertise in tourbillons and the development of technically advanced calibres, Jaeger-LeCoultre reveals the Reverso Tribute Duoface Tourbillon inspired by that very first Reverso Tourbillon.
It is okay if the name of the new JLC creation sounds familiar to you. In 2018 the Maison introduced a 50-piece limited-edition Reverso Tribute Duoface Tourbillon in platinum (ref. Q3926480), reserved for the lucky few. The new edition looks different; it is worth your attention, so here it is.
The new Reverso Tribute Duoface Tourbillon comes in an 18k pink gold rectangular case measuring 45.5 x 27.4 mm and is just 9.15mm thick. The case looks simple but is a complex object, with the “proper case” housing the movement and the cradle to which it is attached. It has more than 50 components, including the patented slide-and-swivel mechanism.
As the name indicates, the watch has two faces. The front dial, with its fine silver sunray-brushed finish and rather minimalist aesthetics, is all about showcasing the tourbillon. Slide the case in the cradle, and you will see a mirror-polished disc with a sunray pattern radiating from it. With the case locked, the disc underneath the tourbillon reflects the light so that the mechanism can be seen in its shining beauty. The faceted gold indices and dauphine hands with the chemin de fer (railroad) minute track are classic and express Art Deco elegance.
The reverse side, which is for reading hours and minutes in the second time zone, looks dramatically different – not necessarily aggressive, but setting a different mood. The black sunray-brushed dial with gold hour indices and gold hands is surrounded by the rich décor of the partially skeletonised movement and “sits” on top of the tourbillon with seconds indication. The gold bridges are covered with the Clous de Paris guilloché, made with a century-old hand-operated lathe. Above the dial, there is a day and night indicator.
The movement that turns the two sets of hands in opposite directions so that they move around the two dials in the clockwise direction to show the correct time is the manually wound ultra-thin Calibre 847. Its flying tourbillon comprises 62 components and weighs only 0,455 grams; the whole calibre is built with 254 parts. To achieve the 3.9mm movement thickness, which contributed to the very slim profile of the watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre re-engineered the tourbillon mechanism; one of the few solutions to reduce the height was to dismiss the upper bridge and to replace the outer tourbillon cage with a ball-bearing system.
There is no confirmation that the new Reverso Tribute Duoface Tourbillon in pink gold will be a limited edition, but we expect it to be, and the price is to be confirmed as well (the previous platinum edition retailed for EUR 120,000). The watch will be offered on a black alligator strap.
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