The layout and self-winding system are both absent from the Reverso Tribute Calendar though. Day and month still sit next to each other in the top of the front dial, however the date now sits with the moonphase indicator at six o’clock, instead of appearing on the periphery. The signs are easy to read and the lack of an additional central hand definitely cleans up the appearance a lot. The sub-seconds register isn’t missed in any way, there’s definitely enough going on with no. The front side of this Reverso Tribute Calendar. The front side of this Reverso Tribute Calendar, using all the triple calendar and moonphase displays. The other side of the watch is equally intriguing. It displays a second time zone with a stylized day and night indicator on a deep grey anthracite dial. The opposite of this watch looks much more informal than the front, along with the grey dial offers a powerful contrast to the pink gold hands and markers. However, both dials are impressive, especially once you consider the sheer amount of information that they provide in a clear, organized way. Generally, you would get one saturated dial, but rather JLC provides two very elegant dials. This is the magic of the Reverso. The reverse side of this Reverso Tribute Calendar, together with the second timezone and day/night index.
The 1990s are when things started getting seriously complex for the Reverso. The recovery in the Quartz Crisis was gaining real momentum along with also the industry’s leading manufactures were keen to show what they had been capable of. A new manager had joined the business’s artistic department only 3 years before the Reverso’s 60th anniversary. Janek Deleskiewicz was an industry outsider, but the French designer had gently observed and admired the manufacture of the collection when working on jobs for auto manufacturer Citroën, and the TGV — France’s high-speed train.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s first triple calendar with moonphase was, in fact, a rectangular watch, believed not a Reverso. It was the reference 2726, which started in 1949 to commemorate the passing of the Jacques-David LeCoultre, only one year prior. The watch was powered by Caliber 486/AW, a tonneau-shaped movement that later found its way within circular watches as well, like the 1 picture below, which were produced in smaller numbers throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
The differences between the 2 dials aren’t just functional, but also stylistic. This extends into the smaller details and finishes, giving the dials each their own unique feel. Be aware that the moon is hand-hammered on the other hand, but not so on the opposite (nor are the moon and stars on the day/night indicator for that matter). Similarly, the front dial is silver with a fine frosted end, while the rear dial features a hobnial guilloché pattern. 1 nice touch tying the two together is that on both sides the real indicators are finished flat, without the respective surrounding finishes. It’s a subtle thing, but it shows Jaeger-LeCoultre’s attention to detail.
The layout and self-winding system are both absent in the Reverso Tribute Calendar though. Day and month nevertheless sit next to each other at the top of the front dial, however the date today sits with the moonphase indicator at six o’clock, rather than appearing on the periphery. The indicators are easy to read along with also the lack of an additional central hand definitely cleans up the appearance a lot. The sub-seconds register is not missed at all, there’s surely enough going on without it. The front side of the Reverso Tribute Calendar. The front side of the Reverso Tribute Calendar, with the triple calendar along with moonphase displays. The other side of the watch is equally interesting. It displays a second time zone using a stylized day and night index on a deep gray anthracite dial. The reverse of this watch appears much more casual than the front, and the grey dial offers a powerful contrast to the pink gold hands and markers. However, both dials are remarkable, particularly when you consider the sheer amount of information that they provide in a clear, organized way. Generally, you’d get one saturated dial, but instead JLC provides two very elegant dials. This is the magic of this Reverso. The reverse side of this Reverso Tribute Calendar, together with the second timezone and day/night indicator.
We are pretty used to the Reverso now and nearly take its existence in Watchworld for granted. But imagine back in 1931 when René-Alfred Chauvot, a designer, enrolled that the brevet d’invention (the patent) to get a watch which swivels and turns over in its own case… Most watches were round and were still evolving from the idea of a ‘trench watch’ with its military legacy and slightly ungentlemanly undertones. But no-one else needed a watch that caught the basis of Deco so only or one that so only turned over to show its caseback. Since Tim Barber, QP’s Editor, pointed out, it’s all about the gadroons. Sounding like a dodgy sort of pirate, a gadroon is actually a type of fluted carving. On the Reverso, the gadroons are the three fluted lines across the top and underside of the watch case. And you’ll see them on each Reverso. They’re part of the entire Art Deco motif that the Reverso typifies. However, what about the polo? Every time someone speaks or writes about the Reverso, they clarify that the reason it’s flippable is to guard the crystal clear from carelessly deployed polo mallets. Hmm. Tim explained that, with spoken to JLC’s historian, there isn’t a great deal of evidence to show that the Reverso was a committed polo watch. Would you be assessing the time when you’re sat on a nervy pony using four big men galloping towards you going long-handled mallets? Why wear a wristwatch at polo at all? But advertisements from the Reverso’s ancient days certainly show it being promoted as a sports watch, and there is no reason it should not be used like that. Despite the elegance, most Reversos are not exactly fragile.