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The Reverso may be among Jaeger-LeCoultre popular releases now, but back when it was first released, it was created not because of the desire for uniqueness but rather for practicality, particularly that of polo players. In the previous century when watches were still the main accessories used for time-telling, athletes needed to protect their precious timepieces that often sustained damages in one form or another. The Reverso, with a case that can be turned around to shield the dial, thus became a welcome innovation. Many decades later, the design has survived and continued to fascinate both longtime followers of the brand and casual watch consumers.
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Release date: 2014
Price: US$12,100 (stainless steel), $24,300 (18-karat pink gold)
The Reverso we know today is an umbrella term for all the watches of different complications that employ the reversible case. The collection had its own share of highs and downs, with its rectangular case fluctuating in appeal through the years, but became vogue again in recent times due to sophisticated updates. The Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin Duetto Duo is among the newest to be launched for women, powered by the manually-winded JLC Caliber 864A and featuring the usual hour and minutes function but also a time zone indication.
- Movement: Manual
- Caliber: 864A
- Power reserve: 48 hours
- Jewels: 19
- Frequency: 21,600vph
- Case dimensions: 40x24mm
- Glass: sapphire glass
- Water resistance: 3 bar
- Functions: Hours, minutes, time zone
There is no question that the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin Duetto Duo is elegant and classic even with just a simple glimpse. The rectangular case it occupies somehow adds a vintage as well as unique touch in a world where round watches dominate. In some options, diamonds subtly adorn the gold reversible case, providing just the right amount of shimmer. But the beauty of the timepiece really relies on its versatility, not completely overpowering your outfit by complementing it instead. Both faces are polished beautifully, with a mother-of-pearl surface. And while it looks bulky up close, it is impressive to observe how thin and light it actually is. The luxurious leather strap removes any concerns with its double folding buckle.
It’s really difficult to pick apart a timepiece as refined as this when it comes to make and finish. In terms of utility, the time zone feature may be rarely used and completely unnecessary depending on the user, but will be nice to have around just in case.
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