Over the years, the luxury watch industry has witnessed numerous icons that have left their mark. These timepieces have achieved breakout success and have developed a special fan base a s a result. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso happens to be one such timepiece. Reversible watches have always been iconic in the history of the watch industry. For some reason, they resonate with the idea of innovation. One would think after the introduction of perpetual calendars and flying tourbillons, ideas like reversible watches would be rendered redundant. Au Contrare, reversible watches like the JLC Reverso are still relevant.
The Limited Edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano
There is something fundamentally and indisputably chic about the combination of proportions and design in the new Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano Limited Edition. The 2020 limited edition Reverso is a collaboration between Argentine bespoke bootmaker Casa Fagliano, a long time JLC partner and of course, Jaeger LeCoultre.
Getting Into The Details
The timepiece is available in a red gold case measuring at 47 mm x 28.3 mm x 10.3 mm. the dimensions alone are enough to intrigue watch enthusiasts. The watch is powered by the manually-wound Jaeger LeCoultre caliber 854A/2. The cordovan leather and canvas strap surely adds a lot of panache to the watch as well. There will be exactly 190 pieces produced which is a direct reference to the fact that 2021 will be the 90th year anniversary of the debut of Reverso watch.
The idea of creating the first Reverso originated out of the need to protect the dial of the watch during the rigorous conditions of a Polo match. It was a very practical reason. Therefore, the watch received a single dial that could be protected simply by turning the case 1 complete 180 degrees on an axis.
The 2020 Special Edition Reverso has a twist to it. Instead of a solid case back, it has a second time zone display. Now, it can be said that the whole purpose of having a reversible case is defeated. But that’s the thing. Just because it can be, does not mean it’s true. As the luxury watch market evolves, so do the needs of buyers. Not everyone who buys these exquisite timepieces plays Polo. In essence, the Reverso is a highly versatile watch that can be molded into whatever it needs to be molded into.
The fact that this tiny creation can host such a high end complication speaks volumes about it as well as the brand. The idea of elegance excelling over utility seems unbelievable at first. However, in order to remain at a significant position of power and value, sometimes bold steps need to be taken. In a world that appears to be obsessed with stainless steel sports timepieces, to be a watch made of precious with a sporty spirit is a tough task. Regardless, there is something truly beautiful about an alliance between elegance and old-school grandeur.
The Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso has always been an icon, be it in terms of classical horology or be it aesthetics. The Reverso comes out on top as one of the few watches in history to have such an impact. The same can be said about the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano Limited Edition.
The reference Q398256J, as mentioned earlier, will be produced in just 150 pieces. The 18-carat pink gold case is as majestic as ever while the silver clous de Paris guilloche and burgundy lacquer dial complements it perfectly. The applied gold indexes seems to be a match made in heaven and so does the Casa Fagliano made cordovan leather and canvas strap. The 30-meter water resistance isn’t much but it will suffice.