This extra-ordinary mechanical wristwatch marks two historical milestones of the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture: the 90th anniversary of the best-selling Reverso and the 150th anniversary of the first minute repeater made by La Grande Maison.
Offered in a limited edition of 10 pieces, the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater reflects the Swiss manufacture’s exceptional expertise in chiming watches and the timeless story of the Reverso.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mastery of chiming mechanisms dates back to the very foundation of the Manufacture in 1833. Introduced in 1931, the Reverso is one of the most iconic wristwatches ever made.
Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the Reverso Répétition Minutes in 1994. It was the first time the Maison had miniaturised a minute repeater for a wristwatch and was the world’s first rectangular minute repeater movement.
Embodying technical advances such as Jaeger-LeCoultre’s patented trebuchet hammers, silent regulator and a new generation of gongs, the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater is powered by a revised version of Calibre 944 – a movement entirely conceived, designed and produced within the Manufacture.
The new timepiece is distinguished by dials on both the front and reverse sides, bringing a fresh visual expression to the timeless Reverso design, as well as to the minute repeater mechanism itself.
While the dials both display the same time, they are very different in character – one exuberant, the other more sober. Both are a testament to the beauty of fine movement decoration and the exceptional level of craftsmanship that resides within the Manufacture.
The front dial is entirely skeletonised, revealing the full complexity of the minute repeater mechanism and presenting a mesmerising display of moving parts when the minute repeater is activated.
Beneath a large bow-shaped bridge that sweeps from 11 o’clock to 7 o’clock, the components appear almost to be floating in three dimensions, the sense of visual depth and transparency enhanced by faceted indexes that are cantilevered from the chemin de fer minutes track.
With a gleaming golden finish, the bridge, hour markers, gongs and several other components perfectly match the colour of the rose-gold watch case.
While the exuberance of the front dial contrasts with the rectilinear geometry of the Reverso case, the relative sobriety of the reverse dial echoes and amplifies those straight lines.
Vertical Côtes de Genève stripes extend over the entire height of the main plate, which also serves as the dial. Showcasing the timekeeping mechanism, with subtle colour accents provided by blued screws and golden hands and hour markers, the cool silver tone of the metal provides an elegant counterpoint to the warm rose gold of the case.
Set into the side of the watch case, the slider that activates the chimes has been specially designed for the new Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater to be as slim as possible, without sacrificing ergonomics.
Model: Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater
Case material: Pink Gold
Case dimensions: 51.1 x 31 mm
Case thickness: 11.41 mm
Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 944, manually wound
Functions: Hours and Minutes on two dials, minute repeater
Power reserve: 35 hours
Water resistance: 30 m
Strap: Brown alligator
Limited edition of 10 pieces