Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute To 1931 Watch
It was only a matter of time before Jaeger-LeCoultre did a "heritage" version of their already "in the past" Reverso watch. A timeless classic, the Reverso has come in dozens of versions, becoming one of the brand's most signature timepieces. As the name of this new "Tribute" watch suggests, the original Reverso watch was released in 1931. The idea behind it was to be a timepiece that could be worn while playing polo - but that would also be less susceptible to damage given that watch crystals were made of glass back then.
The design gave the rectangular case the ability to flip over while wearing the watch. When turned over, the original Reverso had an all metal surface where the watch face would be. This space was also popular for custom engravings and personalized messages. At least one professional polo player told me that you would not want to wear a watch during a serious polo match. I think that is obvious to most people, but the Reverso really hasn't been about that in decades.
In 2011 Jaeger-LeCoultre will release two versions of this Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 watch. They will be in larger "Grande" Reverso cases being 46mm tall and 27.5mm wide. Thickness is just 7.2mm, which goes with the svelte "Ultra Thin" moniker. The case will be available in steel or 18k pink gold. One version will be a limited edition (the other not). The limited edition model will have just baton style hour markers done in gold, while the standard model will have baton hour markers mixed with Arabic numeral at "12" and "6" o'clock.
Note that the watch dial says just "Reverso" on it. The Jaeger-LeCoultre branding must be elsewhere. I am pretty sure the case flips over just like any Reverso should. Not sure what is on the back. Either an exhibition window to the movement, or a metal "protection" plate. Inside the watch is an all in-house made and designed Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 822 ultra-thin manually wound movement that is just 2.94 mm thick with a 45 hour power reserve. Not sure on pricing yet. Look for these "Tribute to 1931" ultra thin Reverso watches in 2011.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.