In 2013, which marks the brand’s 180th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces the ultra-thin model named Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface. As its name suggests, this Jaeger-LeCoultre has two distinct dials. The first one is a lighter, square styled, while the second one is a darker and it has a round style. This mechanical breakthrough is still exclusive to the brand.
This super-slim newcomer is housed in a rectangular case inspired by the Art Deco. The case is just 9.14mm thick and it is available either an 18-karats rose gold or in stainless steel version, each with a black alligator leather strap with a buckle that matches the case.
The ultra-thin case houses an appropriately ultra-slim movement, the manually-wound Caliber 854/1, which is only 3.8mm thick, and still capable of controlling two time displays on two separate dials. The in-house manufactured caliber provides no less than 45 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The impeccable mechanism consists of 180 individual parts and its balance oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz).
A Highly Original Dual Time-Zone Display
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface is a perfect companion for time-zone jumping travelers. The front side of the watch features a silver-toned dial with baton-style hour markers and sword-style hands.
The original REVERSO logo reflects the design used on the first watch with a swivel case introduced in 1931. There is a difference between the steel model and the rose gold one. On the steel version, the REVERSO sits traditionally on the upper part of the dial, whilst on the pink gold model, it is situated above the small seconds sub-dial which is located at the 6 o’clock position.
On the opposite side of the pivoting case, there is a second, black dial with a “Clous de Paris” hobnail guilloché motif. The back dial comprises two sub-dials. The larger counter is the second time zone, while the smaller one is a 24-hour indicator with a night and day notation. The second time zone is advanced in one-hour increments by the push piece integrated into the side of the case.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface pays homage to the brand’s very first Duoface timepiece which was equipped with the mechanism capable of controlling two time displays on two divided dials. This historic model debuted in 1944.
At the 23rd Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) that was held in Geneva this January, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented seven new timepieces. The brand’s top model at this watch show was Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee. Also, one of my favorite Jaeger-LeCoultre’s novelties in Geneve is Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Cylindrique Watch.