Celebrating Reverso

Celebrating Reverso

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Hiren Kumar Bose remembers his visit to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Manufacture while he picks 85th-anniversary collection of Reverso

Exactly ten years back on the occasion of the 75th year of the Reverso I was fortunate to be a guest of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Manufacture, located in the scenic Vallee de Joux in the village of Le Sentier, Switzerland.

Ushered in the workshop I found myself among Meylans, Golays, Piguets, Audemars’ and Rochats—surnames of watchmakers and descendants of the five families, all residents of Valle de Joux, who for generations have been pursuing a career in horology. There were 900 of them, men and women, dressed in white cotton overhauls working at the centrally-heated factory protected from the icy cold temperatures–which can be as low as minus 30 degrees C–between December and March.

On this April morning, I could witness the snow around. “Snow can be witnessed even during the months between May and September,” informed the spokesperson who chaperoned us through the factory which overlooks the majestic Mont Blanc Download the car racing game.

1931 Jaeger-LeCoultre ladies Reverso +JohannSauty

My interest in visiting the Manufacture was the double-edged Reverso, launched way back in 1931. A watch that could be turned face down without being removed from the wrist and which were developed in response to complaints by English polo players in India that too often the glass in the watches broke during a game. It fell upon French designer René-Alfred Chauvot who invented a case that flipped 180 degrees to hide the crystal. True to its mechanism the model was named “Reverso (Latin for “I turn around.”

It had a patented mechanism that enabled it to be flipped over, face down, thus protecting the glass. In recent years, the concept of Reverso has been developed to create even more versatile timepieces with modern variations, including tourbillons, skeletons and dual time-zone functions, and many have dial with  different functions on each side of the case, but all driven by a single movement 타인은 지옥이다 5회 다운로드.

Miniature enamel paintings used in the Reverso watches is a rare and most precious of all the pictorial arts. Each Reverso has a distinct piece of enamel art—figurative, landscape, seascape or ornamental-engraved on a canvas no bigger than a postage stamp! Crafting an enamelled miniature requires weeks of intense concentration, extraordinary patience and manual dexterity, very similar to what the miniature artists of Rajasthan do.

I was introduced to Myklos Merczel, one of the two enamellers, busy giving finishing touches to a Reverso model with her nibs and paints. “It takes between two to three weeks on each painting,” she informed as I gave appreciative glances to her creations.

Born in 1931, at the hands of René-Alfred Chauvot who officially patented his invention of a “wristwatch which can slide on its base and flip over on itself”, Reverso embodied the new values of the Art Deco movement ps3 games. Its rectangular shape offered an elegant design that was an embodiment of its age the ideal relative proportions of the length and width of its case, corresponding to the Golden Ratio theory developed by ancient philosophers and mathematicians.

The original Reverso case was 38 mm long, 24 mm large and 6 mm high, the same size of today’s Reverso Classique. The dial of the original model featured only hours and minutes hands. It was only in 1934 that LeCoultre introduced a version with small seconds counter at six o’clock.

The Second World War and the invasion of Japanese quartz watches in the late 60s put mechanical watches on the back burner for a while. It was only in 1982 that the Reverso was truly revived by JLC in a line of watches that housed mostly quartz movements. And since then the Le Sentier-based Maison has not looked back 카티아 학생용 다운로드.

To commemorate the 85th anniversary of its iconic Reverso Jaeger-LeCoultre’s launched the three stylistic expressions – Reverso Classic and Reverso Tribute – with their own distinct worlds and aspirations; structuring the classic sizes by offering three small, medium and large options; and introducing an automatic movement on a number of models in the Reverso Classic line.

Reverso Classic Large Duo

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large

The unexpected can also take the form of a dial indicating a second-time zone on the steel or pink gold Classic Large Duo watch. Capitalising on the principle of reversibility, the Manufacture has developed and crafted movements capable of driving indications displayed on two separate dials. This invention remains to date entirely exclusive to the Grande Maison. A day/night indicator appears at 6 o’clock on the brushed, guilloché front dial, while the black dial on the back, bearing large stamped hour-markers and graced with “clous de Paris” hobnail finishing, displays “home time” 온도계 무료 다운로드. Instead of the traditional 12 o’clock numeral, the Jaeger-LeCoultre anchor symbol dominates this sunburst composition that makes a striking contrast with the linear nature of the front side. The second dial also springs another surprise by revealing in its centre the discreet yet tangible presence of the free-swinging oscillating weight.

Reverso Classic Duetto

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Small Duetto

Crafted in pink gold or steel, it flatters every wrist in its two sizes: small and medium. With its two back and front dials and a double set of hands driven by a single movement, it radiates an enduringly seductive elegance. On the back, the deep black dial features an Art Deco style enhanced by two rows of diamonds that flirt with the night hours. The Reverso Classic is appreciated for its enduring qualities that make their way through time with constantly renewed elegance. They convey the close attention paid by the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre to those who place their trust in its creative excellence 아이피타임 다운로드.

Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon 


A stellar creation, its elegant and sophisticated case houses a movement equipped with an unusual Gyrotourbillon®. Vividly embodying the signature horological sophistication of Jaeger-LeCoultre on both faces, it springs a number of surprises including an entirely open-worked back dial. This platinum model is issued in a 75-piece limited series. The Reverso TributeGyrotourbillon is 30% trimmer in terms of both width and thickness. For a Grande Complication movement, this accomplishment testifies to remarkable virtuosity. Equipped with the Jaeger-LeCoultre manually wound Calibre 179, entirely developed and produced in the Manufacture, this creation reveals an all-new Gyrotourbillon® 틱택토 다운로드. Now performing its rotation by means of an external driving mechanism, it appears to be floating in mid-air. This enables a spectacular plunging view of the light, airy architecture. Pared down to their slimmest possible form, the two carriages of this bi-axial flying tourbillon perform an external rotation in one minute and an internal rotation in 12.6 seconds. The gaze can thus linger on the balance-spring handcrafted in the workshops of the Manufacture. Its hemispherical shape is bound to catch the attention of those who will recognise the additional difficulty and precision involved in such a design. This delicate and exclusive balance-spring is a token of expert technical mastery that is also exercised on the Gyrolab® balance-wheel, distinguished by a non-circular configuration that considerably reduces air friction 멜론 6월 2주차 top100 다운로드. Shaped like the Jaeger-LeCoultre anchor symbol, this component represents a decisive breakthrough in terms of the watch’s precision. The front of the watch features a finely grained white round dial swept over by blued steel Dauphine-type hands and evoking the noblest traditions of horological sophistication. An elegant day/night indicator appears at 11 o’clock, while the seconds are displayed in an unusual manner by means of a graduated disc rotating at the cadence of the Gyrotourbillon®, with a small blue arrow placed on its left serving to read off this indication. A hand-crafted sunburst guilloché pattern accentuates the refinement of this side and echoes the finishing on the watch cradle. There is something uniquely exciting about swivelling the case to savour a second face that both stimulates curiosity and heightens desire. The dual-time display and the Gyrotourbillon® stand out against the intricate downstrokes and upstrokes of the open-worked movement. This side also carries a day/night indicator in 24-hour mode at 2 o’clock as well as a small seconds hand driven by the tourbillon. Swivelling the case also reveals a cradle that is gently curved to follow the shape of the wrist masterpiece picture. This area adorned with a sunburst guilloché motif leaves a small round, smoothly polished surface just below the position of the Gyortourbillon®, thus enabling a full view of the show performed by this major complication when the case is fitted inside its cradle.

Reverso Tribute Duo

Reverso Tribute Duoface

The Reverso Tribute Duo radiates a discreet yet distinctive presence. It adopts a decidedly contemporary attitude with its steel case and blue hour-markers. Its intermediate size expresses a sophisticated aesthetic. Its front dial is slightly grained to achieve the subtle depth effect immediately recognised by connoisseurs. It is enlivened by a distinctive small seconds display. Swivelling the case reveals another dial, embodying a more daring facet of its personality. The colour blue chimes with the identity codes of the Reverso, setting a different tempo that is both richer and stronger 리그 오브 타이탄 다운로드.

Reverso Tribute Calendar

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar

The more complex Reverso Tribute Calendar watch provides a perfectly balanced representation of the Manufacture’s expertise. On one side it displays a traditional function, a complete calendar, and on the other the exclusive Reverso Duo function. The graphic narrative on the front exudes intense sophistication epitomised in the hammered moon-phase display. This captivating moon-phase is echoed in perfect symmetry on the back with an opulently staged day/night indicator. It is topped with a tiny triangle enabling easy reading. Anthracite predominates on the guilloché dial with its “clous de Paris” hobnail inish, making a perfect match with the elegant pink gold of the case. Connoisseurs are bound to single out this Reverso Tribute Calendar watch driven by Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 853.


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