There was a time when watches were only used for the purpose of knowing the time of day. Times have certainly changed as these timekeeping devices now serve as statement pieces for watch collectors to showcase their discerning tastes and appreciation for the finer things in life.
This brings us to the new Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface, the latest addition to the Art-Deco inspired Reverso collection from revered Swiss luxury watch manufacture, Jaeger-LeCoultre. Since its inception in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has remained steadfast in its quest for perfection, which serves as a guiding force for the artisanal watchmakers residing in the Le Sentier-based manufacture who have created countless mechanical objects of desire. Limited to a mere fifty pieces, the Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface serves as an exemplary model of not just technical sophistication but also aesthetic beauty that has to do with the innumerable faces that defines the soul of this iconic model.
Powered by the Calibre 847 manual-winding mechanism, this versatile contemporary dress watch features a rectangular case in gleaming platinum that houses two distinct watch faces which can be switched within seconds with a mere press of a fingertip. The origins of this fascinating mechanism can be traced back to a polo match that took place during the early 1930s, when a Swiss businessman and avid watch collector named César de Trey was approached by a British officer to create a robust watch model that would be able withstand the perils of the sport. De Trey would later regale the tale to third-generation corporate chief Jacques-David LeCoultre who then asked a French designer named René-Alfred Chauvot to come up with the unique slide and flip mechanism. And the rest, as they say, is history.
For times when one wishes to be discreet, the watch offers a classic dial option in gorgeous blue paired with Dauphine hands that elegantly sweep over silvered hand- applied hour-markers. But it is the reverse side of the dial that truly showcasess the technological prowess of the 185 year old manufacture. Decorated with a sublime Côtes de Genève finishing, this spectacular display of time includes a second time zone, small seconds, and a day/night indicator discreetly nestled at 2 o’clock. Finishing things off is the flying tourbillon that beats towards 6 o’clock. Fitted with a moving carriage that is linked to an ingenious ball bearing system, this incredible mechanical masterpiece remains fully visible no matter what side of the dial you decide to gaze at.
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