In 2011, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the iconic Reverso timepiece, Jaeger-LeCoultre chose to return to the very origins of a legend by presenting the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931, directly inspired by the aesthetic codes of the historical model. This creation, distinguished by an ultra-thin case, contemporary dimensions and remarkably faithfulness to the original, was enthusiastically received by devotees of the Reverso and by watch connoisseurs who expressed the wish that this vintage edition should not remain a one-off model.
In response to their desires, the Manufacture already introduced the Grande Reverso Rouge with a deep red dial in 2012, followed the next year by the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface Blue. For 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveils the third member of this splendid trilogy: the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 with a chocolate-toned dial.
The new model, entirely in keeping with its historical ascendance, vividly evokes the finest hours of Art Deco. Its shapes, its colour and its materials are the ultimate expression of a movement that heralded the inception of industrial design while favouring hand craftsmanship executed to perfection. Entranced by this delightful colour palette, the eye naturally lingers on the pleasing contrasts between the glowing chocolate shade of the watch face and the pink gold of the case, including the traditional gadroons framing the dial.
Apart from the 12 o’clock numeral, the hours are shown by baton-shaped hour-markers, while the hour and minute hands feature a dagger-type profile. The small seconds at 6 o’clock perform a once a minute rotation on the dedicated rectangular subdial. This picture of pure, restrained refinement would not be complete without a mention of the “REVERSO” inscription exactly reproducing that appearing on the historical model.
The extremely slender 7.3 mm case incorporates the complex parts of the swivelling mechanism as well as a movement measuring just 2.95mm thin. The resistance and reliability of Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2 testify to the expertise cultivated within the Manufacture.
The usual chestnut brown alligator leather strap with pink gold pin buckle is just one of the options proposed by the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux for securing the Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 to the wrist. Polo players, who have been wild about the Reverso for over 80 years, are no less demanding when it comes to choosing the pair of boots they will wear to compete in various prestigious tournaments. They show no hesitation in confidently striding through the doors of Casa Fagliano, established since 1892 in the worldwide polo capital, Buenos Aires. For well over a century, the Fagliano family has been dedicated to a single craft of which it masters all the mysteries and intricacies: fine leatherwork. The descendants of the company founder continue to share the many duties involved in an authentic family-style division of labour.
Their creations are keenly sought-after by the best polo players who simply could not imagine playing a match without their favourite boots. For the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, Casa Fagliano has agreed to produce hand-crafted straps in successive stages following the strict principles of time-honoured tradition in working with cordovan leather, which is renowned for its exceptional resistance. Delivered along with each watch, the strap made in the Casa Fagliano workshops is distinguished by its elegant suppleness and hand-made mode of production that makes it truly one of a kind.
Mechanical manually-wound movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand
21,600 vibrations per hour
Thickness: 2.95 mm
45-hour power reserve
Hour, minute, small seconds
Chocolate dial with powdered numerals and hour-markers
Hands: Baton-type, facetted, gold plated
18-carat pink gold
Height: 46.8 mm
Width: 27.4 mm
Thickness: 7.3 mm
“1000 Hours Control” indication appearing on the case-back
Water-resistant to 3 bars
Straps and buckle
Matt brown alligator leather 20/18
2nd strap: in cordovan leather, crafted by “Casa Fagliano” of Buenos Aires
Pin buckle in 18 carat pink gold