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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One: Turning Heads

The Reverso’s swivelling case was developed out of necessity – to protect its watch crystal in a game of polo – but this design has proven to be so versatile and timeless that the collection remains highly popular today, 85 years since its launch. New for this year is the Reverso One collection, which has been designed specifically with women in mind. The timepieces here have all taken a feminine slant, but in different ways to suit a variety of wearers.

Reverso One Réédition
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Réédition

The dainty Reverso One Réédition is the smallest entry at just 32.5mm X 16.3mm. Its petite dimensions are complemented by the understated design, which makes this the little black dress of the line-up – a versatile classic that works on its own, yet keeps the attention firmly on its wearer. The timepiece exhibits the distinctive design codes of the Reverso, but has been updated with more slender proportions to suit a lady’s wrist.

Reverso One Cordonnet
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet

For a classy yet chic interpretation of the Reverso, there is the Reverso One Cordonnet.

The bimetal case is an exercise in contrast, which continues onto the dial with blued hands lending a dash of colour to the white dial and black hour indexes. Note the redesigned lugs, which allow the watch to literally have a playful touch – a leather cord strap with a steel folding clasp that’s inspired by a 1936 timepiece.

Reverso One Duetto Moon
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Duetto Moon

Rounding out the trio is the Reverso One Duetto Moon, which is available in pink gold or steel, with matching alligator straps or metal bracelets. On its front, the watch presents a simple time-only display on a silver-toned dial that’s decorated with a sunburst guilloché motif. Flip the case around, and the watch presents its more opulent side. A rich paillonné enamel dial is framed by two rows of diamonds, and bears a moon phase complication in addition to the time display.

This article was first published in WOW.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Vincent van Gogh with a Reverso watch featuring an enamel miniature of "Self-Portrait as a Painter."

Jaeger-LeCoultre Vincent Van Gogh: 2nd Edition

Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and its iconic Reverso model pay tribute to another unmistakable star, this one from the world of art: Vincent Van Gogh. This is actually the second special edition Reverso created as an homage to the Dutch master, and this time features one of his famous self-portraits. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, you may recall, is the famous reversible watch with two faces, thanks to a swiveling case that it first introduced in 1931 for polo-playing British army officers.

For this Reverso à Éclipse, Jaeger-LeCoultre has partnered up with Gassan jewelers (the brand’s retail partner in the Netherlands) and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to celebrate the post-impressionist painter. As you can see, the watch features a miniature enamel reproduction of Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait as a Painter, painstakingly crafted by the manufacture’s artisans. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse features a shutter mechanism that can be opened to reveal the miniature reproduction.

All these clever moves, from that enchanting shutter to the swiveling case and the métiers d’arts enameling technique, are accomplished by Jaeger-LeCoultre at its Le Sentier manufacture. Like Van Gogh and any other artist, the work of the manufacture arises from its own intrinsic values and characteristics. We suppose that is why watchmaking firms such as Jaeger-LeCoultre keep returning to artist tributes – the manufacture featured Van Gogh’s insanely famous Sunflowers (well, one of them, there are a few!) in a 2015 edition.

This current edition is limited to just four examples, all of which are cased in platinum and feature the in-house manual-winding calibre 849 at its timekeeping heart. The watch can be admired at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, if you don’t manage to make the shortlist on this!

Jaeger-LeCoultre Restores Historic Venetian Building

For the last three years, Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has been funding the restoration work of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a building that holds a special place in the hearts of all Venetians. Initially founded as a fraternity in honor of Saint Roch (Patron saint of the plague-stricken), the brand is now inviting the public to participate in an initiative, running from August 31 to September 10, which will increase the donations for the restoration.

To participate, visitors to the Jaeger-LeCoultre reception and exhibition area on the Lido simply have to draw a heart in the digital guestbook provided by the venue. With each sketch of the symbol, a donation is triggered by the brand toward the restoration. To kick off the initiative, Jaeger Le-Coultre invited its ambassador Carmen Chaplin, actress, director and granddaughter of the late Charlie Chaplin, to be the first person to take part. Her drawing was then engraved onto the back of a Reverso timepiece will be on display for the duration of the occasion.

An artisan at work, restoring the hall of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Image by Monica Vial and Renzo Benedetti.

An artisan at work, restoring the hall of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Image by Monica Vial and Renzo Benedetti.

What binds the historical building with the luxury watchmaker, is in fact Jacopo Tintoretto. The artist’s paintings are on display at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and showcase his attention to detail — a quality that Jaeger-LeCoultre prides itself in as well. Thus far, the brand’s contributions to the restoration now allow guests to enjoy improvements such as a new LED light system in the Sala dell’Albergo, that projects fewer infrared and ultra violet rays. This means that Tintoretto’s highly sensitive artwork can be enjoyed to perfection, for years to come.

The second part of the restoration will see the marbles of the Sala Capiolare and the area leading to the imperial staircase receive some much needed tender loving care. By preserving areas of heritage, the brand sees this as an opportunity to pass on the knowledge and skills of skilled artisans to future generations. Apart from being a patron off the building, the watchmaker is also a partner of the Mostra, Venice’s International Film Festival.

The restored pendant watch.

The restored pendant watch.

During the festival, Jaeger Le-Coultre will exhibit images of the restored pendant watch designed by its founder. Antoine LeCoultre first designed the piece for his wife Zélie LeCoultre and it featured a crown winding system. The ingenious invention was a replacement for the key required to set the time and wind the watch (today of course, most wristwatches that require winding handle that via the crown). On the caseback os the restored pendant watch is an engraving by the founder’s grandson Jacques-David LeCoultre, dedicating the watch to his grandmother. With the help of the master watchmakers, the timepiece will now have a new lease of life and solidifies Jaeger-LeCoultre’s quest to conserve culture and art in Venice.

Reverso by Christian Louboutin Plays with Time

Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has been talking up its Christian Louboutin collaboration in the press since the SIHH earlier this year. For the most part, we have concentrated on the high complications from the Le Sentier-based watchmaker but, thanks to our news alerts, we’ve learned that there is a new short film starring Elisa Sednaoui showcasing what is at the heart of this Reverso by Christian Louboutin affair. This really changed our minds about writing this up because addressing this quirky collection by breaking down its technical specifications is an exercise in futility…

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, for those who don’t know, is a watch with two faces that strongly reflects its Art Deco origins (the first one was made in the 1930s), the manufacture’s commitment to traditional mechanical watchmaking and, perhaps paradoxically, a passion for innovation. Those who know the brand will of course understand perfectly how this is all embodied in a Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch but for most people, this is the sort of brand messaging that elicits puzzlement. Happily, this short film conveys the idea and nature of time and the relationship between time and inspirational objects in just 45 seconds. We invite you to watch it and make your own judgment.

To our eyes, this video is a triumph, which makes the next part, a practical summary of the watch’s technical characteristics irrelevant. Seriously though, this watch is at its heart a Reverso Classic Duetto, so it shares all the specifications of that model. What Louboutin brings to the special collection is ephemeral. It plays with reflections and transparency – as amply evident in the short film – and is available in two sizes and that is about all one can usefully say. To some extent, there are many variants of this watch, with all manner of different details, including the model seen top with the iridescent shades.

“I understood that the Reverso’s iconic Art Deco lines and very specific format could be customized and changed, but never improved. The exciting part is not about enhancing the Reverso, but instead offering a different perception of it,” said Christian Louboutin.

And that will have to suffice by way of explanation. Reverso models designed in collaboration with Christian Louboutin will be available for one year as part of the Atelier Reverso concept in Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques. If you really yearn to know the details about the Reverso by Christian Louboutin, seek out the nearest boutique.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon

A new year deserves an all-new complication wristwatch so we bring you this creation from Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon. Introduced at the SIHH earlier this year, we were happy to see a new gyrotourbillon because it doesn’t feel like a new year in watchmaking without one! Ok, so we are going with two images here and you should spend some time looking at them. Frankly, these tell you everything you need to know about the rectangular platinum watch to understand it. Basically, does it show hours, minutes and possibly seconds? Yes it does. Is it a dual time watch with two faces, with day/night counter? Yes it is. Is it an openworked piece, sometimes called skeletonized? Yes it is. Is that a tourbillon at 6 o’clock looking like a floating mechanical work of art? Why yes it is. In fact, that last bit is the titular Gyrotourbillon (basically a bi-axial flying tourbillon).

That said, we do have a few more details to go into but if all you want is the basics, just skip to the bottom with the technical specifications. The movement, which the Le Sentier-based manufacture has invested much time (no pun intended), research and effort into, is the calibre 179, entirely made in-house of course. Some of you will no doubt remember that the Gyrotourbllon was originally a magnificent if somewhat difficult-to-wear complication wristwatch created by Eric Coudray (at least the mechanism) and revealed to the world in 2005. In a very real and proper way, the new Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon is an extension of that story. In its current form, the Gyrotourbillon is a dramatically more attractive watch that is quite possibly more manageable on the wrist. The manufacture tells us that the whole watch is some 30% slimmer – both in terms of width and thickness – which is the secret to its improved ergonomics.

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To return for a moment to that hovering bit of mechanical architecture at 6 o’clock, the Gyrotourbillon includes a spherical hairspring, a non-circular balance wheel and twin carriages. This entire construction is rotating, driven by an external mechanism, with both carriages rotating at different speeds (one minute for the outer carriage and 12.6 for the inner one). Though it is not explicitly stated, the driving force that rotates the carriages must also be the one transmitting power from the mainspring because one train powers both the spinning assembly and the 3Hz heartbeat of that spherical hairspring. The absence of a proper cage here enhances the mystery and that is entirely by design. Enjoy the mystery.

Specs

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon
  • Dimensions: 51.1 x 31mm (length by width); 12.4mm thick
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, second time zone, 24-hour reference time, day/night indicator
  • Power reserve: 40 hours
  • Movement: Mechanical, manual-winding, calibre 179 with Gyrotourbillon
  • Water resistance: 30 meters
  • Material: Platinum, alligator strap with double folding buckle
  • Limited edition of 75 pieces
General MacArthur's watch

General MacArthur’s watch sells for $75,000

General MacArthur's watch

Seventy years after the end of World War II, a watch worn by legendary US five-star general Douglas MacArthur was sold at auction Sunday for 70,000 Swiss francs ($75,000), far above the estimate.

The steel Jaeger-Lecoultre “Reverso” watch — a classic model in which the dial can be flipped to protect the glass front from shocks — was the star offering at Sunday’s Antiquorum auction in Geneva.

The watch, made in 1937 and bought in Geneva, has MacArthur’s initials on the back and was put up for sale by his direct descendants.

Antiquorum had placed a pre-auction estimate of 10,000-20,000 Swiss francs on the historic timepiece.

Raised in a military family, MacArthur was chief of staff of the US army in the 1930s and was called on to defend the Philippines against the Japanese during World War II.

Although he was forced to flee to Australia, he fulfilled a promise to return to the Philippines and accepted Japan’s surrender on September 2, 1945.

Jaegar LeCoultre A Rose for Emergency watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso: A Rose for Emergency

Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Rose for Emergency watch

On the occasion of the 69th Venice Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre is pursuing its partnership with “Emergency”, by supporting a maternity hospital in Afghanistan.

Actress Cristiana Capotondi and other celebrities have lent their support to this highly worthwhile, holding a rose and wearing a Reverso watch engraved with a rose – the flower chosen to symbolise this initiative.
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Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Hotel Honored by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Swiss luxury watch brand, Jaeger-LeCoultre, has created two editions of its iconic Reverso timepiece for Raffles Hotel Singapore, to honor the establishment’s 125th anniversary.

The double-sided Reverso watch line is a classic. When its case is turned over, the watch is transformed into a jewel that can be personalised forever by an engraving.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Watch The Dark Knight Rises

Jaegar-Le Coultre Reverso Special Batman Edition

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Watch The Dark Knight Rises

Jaeger-LeCoultre continues its presence in the Dark Knight trilogy in the blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” which released July 20th in the United States.

In the film, the character of Bruce Wayne, philanthropist and billionaire industrialist, wears the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Date.
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Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 Steel

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Virtual Museum Project

Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 Steel

2011 marks the 80th anniversary of the Reverso, and to celebrate, Jaeger-LeCoultre is launching a virtual online museum dedicated to the iconic reversible watch.

Since 1931, owners have made Reversos uniquely their own by having the protective caseback engraved.

Above a picture of the new 2011 Reverso that resembles the original model from 1931, with only ‘Reverso’ on the dial and an ultra thin rectangular case.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2

The World of Watchmaking loudly applauded to the introduction of the Gyrotourbillon 1 as it was destined to become the world-first spherical tourrbillon.

Following the amazing success of the Gyrotourbillon I, Jaeger-LeCoultre has created its worthy successor characterized by technically innovative nature : the swivelling case of the Reverso.

This extraordinary watch mechanism overturns longestablished principles, since it represents the first time that a wristwatch houses a cylindershaped balance-spring.

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