Another year, another Reverso. In many ways, Jaeger-LeCoultre has fallen victim to the popularity of its swiveling watch, having to come out with new iterations every year to satisfy the hungry collectors. While the big JLC story this year was the watchmaker’s round watches with sector dials, there were still some nice updates in the Reverso range as well, including this absolute stunner.
Last year, I went hands-on with one of my favourite Reverso models in recent memory, the ultra-sophisticated Reverso Tribute Calendar. Well, this is essential that watch pared down a little. First off, it comes in a stainless steel case, for one. It’s also satisfied with being a dual timezone with a date and moonphase indicator instead of a more complicated triple calendar. As a result it is quite a bit more casual than its big brother. The date is again positioned at six o’clock and is displayed by a small hand with a red crescent tip.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has also given this watch a beautiful blue dial on the side displaying the second timezone (usually you’d use this to keep the time back home if you were using the watch while traveling). This is about as contemporary a color as you’ll see from Jaeger-LeCoultre and it really works here, plus theres nice contrast between the opaline interior and the clous de Paris texture on the exterior. There’s also a two-tone blue day/night indicator at six o’clock and the applied indexes and polished hands. It’s a winning combination, and one which I really like.
On the local time side, the watch very much takes after the Tribute Calendar, with a frosted silver dial that allows the moonphase display to really pop. Because the day and month apertures are gone, the company’s logo is also higher up to create better balance in the upper portion of the dial.
You’ll also notice the multiple tiers of the dial. The date display is recessed and doesn’t have the frosted texture. It makes everything much easier to read and offers another little detail to admire. Also, the hands, applied hour markers, and chapter ring are all blue, standing out nicely against the silver color and harmonizing with the sky in the moonphase display.
The watch is powered by a manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre movement, caliber 853A, which drives both tie displays, one on each side of the movement. Unfortunately, this movement is roughly the same height as the one inside the Tribute Calendar, meaning that Jaeger-LeCoultre could simply put it in the same case, which is what has been done. While 10.9mm remains quite thin relatively speaking, I would have liked an even thinner profile if that were possible.
The Jaeger-LeCoutlre Reverso Tribute Moon is priced at $12,700 and it comes on a blue alligator strap. It’s worth noting that this is just $1,300 more than the Reverso Tribute Duo, another stainless steel dual time zone, minus the date and moonphase display. Instead, that watch displays a small seconds at six o’clock.
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