We would be failing in our Reverso Reveille if we did not tell you about the new trio of watches that have joined the collection.
Since its creation, the Reverso has maintained its characteristic Art Deco features its simple, refined lines; the iconic, rectangular case; the typical gadroons; and the reversible system.
The first Reverso was first invented in 1931, when a British officer stationed in India issued a challenge to shield his watch dial during often accident-prone polo matches. Reversible, just as the name suggests, it soon became an icon far beyond the Swiss borders. The case can be slid with a finger to reveal either a solid, easily customizable reverse side or a second dial.
Among the new pieces presented at SIHH 2019 the most noteworthy were:
- Reverso Tribute Small Seconds
- Reverso Tribute Duoface
- Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano Limited
The new Reverso Tribute Small Seconds showcases a pure design that enhances the daring color of its dial and the matching topstitched strap designed by the celebrated Casa Fagliano.
Wine red, burgundy, crimson, or aubergine, while the descriptions differ, this deep, dark, enchanting red is most definitely this piece’s color. The fiery shade is enhanced by its shimmering, satiny exterior.
The pared-down details of the new Reverso Tribute Small Seconds include Dauphine hands, hand-applied hour-markers, and a small seconds in an aperture at 6 o’clock. These functions are powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2 manually wound mechanical movement, which was entirely designed, produced, and assembled in-house. The watch’s solid reverse offers a blank, fully customizable space in keeping with the design’s reversible heritage.
The shade of the sunray-brushed dial is matched by the leather strap. Dressed in shimmering wine tones accentuated by topstitching, the strap has been designed by renowned boot and shoemakers Casa Fagliano. It serves as a clever nod to the shared polo heritage of the Reverso and the famous Argentinian boot maker, which is intimately involved in international polo championships.
The Duoface concept was developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre for the Reverso in 1994. This high-precision watchmaking feat conceals two time zones on two separate dials powered by a single movement – the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 854A/2 – housed in a case 10.3 mm thick. On the front, an aperture at 6 o’clock features the small seconds. Meanwhile, on the reverse, a day/night indicator shows whether it is daytime or nighttime in the home country.
Available in boutiques only, the new Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano Limited is even exclusive in the number of pieces released. Limited to just 100, its two textured dials subtly display their functions in an elegant pink gold case, revealing a blue sunray-brushed ground on the front and a silvered guilloché motif on the reverse. The watch comes on a Cordovan leather strap, entirely handmade by Casa Fagliano, with two tones of bright blue accentuated by elegant topstitching.
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