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ReviewThe Reverso Tribute Chronograph Takes A Page From Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rich History

Building on the legacy of the iconic 1996 Reverso Chronographe, Jaeger-LeCoultre present the Reverso Tribute Chronograph, driven by a high-frequency hand-wound movement

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has turned into an unforgettable icon in the watchmaking world and continues to veer towards a new aesthetic style, still testifying to the codes of the Art Deco period. The timeless Reverso offers gorgeous dials in different case sizes and stays true to the original design of the 1931 version, whose stylistic codes inspired the La Grande Maison to develop a series of Tribute versions in 2016. Adding to this ever-expanding family, the Reverso Tribute Chronograph exemplifies the classic sporting complication—the chronograph. Introduced in 2023, the Reverso Tribute Chronograph also draws inspiration from the iconic Reverso Chronographe of 1996. The original belonged to a collection of six special Reversos issued in that decade. Beginning in 1991, after celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Reverso, these timepieces marked a resurgence in mechanical watchmaking after the quartz crisis. The Reverso Tribute Chronograph, presented in steel and pink gold options with complementing dark blue and black straps, joins the range that includes small seconds timepieces, moon phase references, tourbillon versions, and even some enamel timepieces.

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Chronograph presents an unparalleled visual depth with its second time zone indications seemingly suspended above the movement, creating a striking effect

A Charismatic Complication: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Chronograph

It’s rare to find a watch with two dials like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Chronograph. The front dial carries the hallmark features of the Reverso Tribute line, such as the baton hour markers, Dauphine hands, peripheral chemin de fer minutes track, and the sunray-brushed surface. Flipping the watch over offers an unobstructed view of the chronograph mechanism through the completely skeletonised caseback. Lending to the aesthetic appeal are the Côtes de Genève decorated bridges that complement the black chronograph seconds and minute tracks for unparalleled legibility.

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The steel chrono model of the Reverso Tribute is about the cool tone of the steel case that subtly contrasts with the blue-grey dial

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The jet-black dial of the Reverso Tribute Chronograph renders a striking appearance when it meets the elegant pink gold case

While the steel chrono model sets a cool tone and subtly contrasts with the blue-grey dial, the jet-black dial sparks elegance when its meets the pink gold case. Both cases measure 49.4mm by 29.9mm with 11.14mm thickness. The execution of the steel Reverso Tribute display’s Jaeger-LeCoultre’s attention to detail, evident in the blue screws matching the blue chronograph hands. The visual depth of the Reverso Tribute seems unprecedented, as the indications for the second time zone appear to be floating above the calibre. Further, the chronograph offers a retrograde 30-minute counter and a large central second for improved legibility.

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The Reverso Tribute Chronograph's front dial features baton hour markers, Dauphine hands, and a peripheral chemin de fer minutes track

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The case of the Reverso Tribute Chronograph measures 49.4mm by 29.9mm with 11.14mm thickness and is water resistant up to 30m

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Each version of the Reverso Tribute Chronograph comes with two straps and an interchangeable buckle, a move that makes the Reverso Tribute line even more enticing

Both the Reverso Tribute versions are accompanied by two strap optiuons fitted with interchangeable buckles. These straps—in canvas and leather, and all-leather options—are designed by the celebrated Argentinian polo bootmaker Casa Fagliano.

The Prowess Of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 860

The Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 860 powers the Reverso Tribute Chronograph, a fully integrated hand-wound chronograph movement. Its sheer genius lies in overcoming the challenge of fitting circular chronograph timing indications within the rectangular case. This level of engineering has resulted in an extraordinary dial layout, with a large chronograph seconds display on the upper dial complemented by a retrograde 30-minute arc-shaped indicator posited at six o’clock.

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    The execution of the steel Reverso Tribute display’s JLC’s attention to detail, evident in the blue screws matching the blue chronograph hands

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    The bridges of this Reverso Tribute are decorated with Côtes de Genève, whereas the chronograph seconds and minute tracks are highlighted in black for unparalleled legibility

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    The strap options for each version of the Reverso Tribute Chronograph include canvas and leather, and all-leather

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    Powering the Reverso Tribute Chronograph models, the high-frequency Calibre 860 beats at 28,800vph and offers up to 52 hours of power reserve

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    The strap options offered with the Reverso Tribute Chronograph models are designed by the celebrated Argentinian polo bootmaker Casa Fagliano

The high-frequency Calibre 860 proves to be an incredibly robust, given its great technical expertise to display hours and minutes on the front and reverse dials. It beats at 28,800vph, offers 52-hour power reserve, and powers two sets of hands that move in opposite directions to showcase the time in the correct clockwise fashion on both the dials of the Reverso Tribute Chronograph.

Technical and aesthetic timepieces such as the latest two Reverse Tribute Chronograph iterations have become a shining testament to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s steadfast dedication to pioneering innovation and timeless elegance.

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