|Series||Ultra Thin 1931|
|Case Size||46 X 27 mm|
|Water Resistance (M)||30|
|Glass Material||Sapphire Crystal|
|Warranty Period||2 years|
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin 1931
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Experience sheer elegance in a pink gold case with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931!
Driven by a need to create a smash proof watch for Polo players, the first JLC Reverso watches were born in the early 1930’s. The patent for the simple and elegant Reverso method was secured in 1931. King Edward VIII of England wore a Reverso engraved with his crown and title, while Amelia Earhart, the renowned woman pilot had an enamelled map of North and Central America on her Reverso.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 largely retains the iconic design. It has the same rectangular case made of 18 carat pink gold. It measures 46.8 mm tall and 27.4 mm wide while proving to be ultra thin at 7.3 mm. The case has a polished finish and the “1000 Hours Control” indication appears at its back. It boasts a chocolate dial with powdered numerals and hour-markers, providing a vintage look to the timepiece. Its baton-type hands are facetted and gold plated. You can also find a sub dial showing seconds at 6 o’clock position. A sapphire crystal protects the dial, making sure you can enjoy accurate timekeeping for a long time. There are two straps provided with this watch. The primary one is Matt brown alligator leather and the second one is a chocolate hand-stitched Shell Cordovan Fagliano Strap.
The trademark feature is obviously the case that can be swivelled to make the watch smash-proof. You can make engravings on the swivelled side of the watch to personalize it. The movement here is a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2 that is Mechanical and manually-wound. It has a power reserve of 45 hours. The watch functions include hour, minute and small seconds. This iconic watch is also waterproof down to a depth of 30 metres.
Casa Fagliano, who made the strap for this watch is the leading producer of championship grade polo boots in the world.
Jaeger Le-Coultre has a rich history when it comes to the Reverso, replete with well kept manufacturing secrets, dramatic successes and poignant moments. The idea for a “wristwatch which can slide on its base and flip over on itself” was birthed in 1931 at a British army officer’s club during a polo match. Watch collector Cesar de Tray was challenged by an officer who had broken his watch at the polo match. The challenge was to create a watch resilient and sturdy enough to endure a polo match. Thus was created the unique slide and flip mechanism that popularized Reverso watches and made them a sensation. A robust flipback watch with ultimate shock protection and a broad case back which could be personalized was the result. The backs of the watches usually held engravings or enamel miniatures of the customer’s choice. In 1936, a rare Reverso watch carrying an Indian Maharani’s portrait at the back became one the best kept secrets in its history.
With the popularization of round watches in the 60’s, there was a general decline in Reverso demand. However the collection made a memorable come back in 1985 with an elegant make-over along with water resistance added to its bonnet. The new Reverso could now be swivelled in any direction and ascended to the title of the most complicated case in the history of watch-making. Innumerable technical improvements and design leaps have been introduced to maintain the level of sophistication this watch portrays. An 8-day double barrel was incorporated into the Reverso on its 70th birthday providing enhanced precision with over a week’s running power. The world was introduced to the first ever watch to contain three dials driven by a single movement in the year 2006. The Reverso Grande Complication a Triptyque features a mesmerizing portrayal of the three dimensions of time: civil, perpetual and sidereal. To commemorate the 80th birthday of the Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso line of watches, two classic models were created in the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin line as tribute to the pioneer Reverso modes. As recently as 2011, the intricate detailing of the wristwatch was again taken to astounding heights with the Reverso Repetition Minutes a Rideau model, playing on the back and front case designs for a finer appeal.
Jaeger Le-Coultre played the role of official sponsor during the 8th Abu Dhabi film festival and was presenting a personalized Reverso watch to the winners of the Best Actor and Best Actress of the Narrative Competition. Thus Jaeger Le-Coultre gifted Alexey Serebryakov, Russian film actor, an admirable engraved Reverso time-piece on his win.
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