Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano hands-on

Ninety years old. Do you know what else can make 90 years old in 221 years of our Lord? Willie Mays. Empire State Building. The Stars and Stripes (the official national anthem of the United States). The same 90 is Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso—an indisputable classic in the important watch dictionary of the last century. With so many, many watch fans who travel frequently say that every series needs a Reverso, right in the box, next to Speedmaster and Submariner. Now, I usually try to avoid the “starter pack” mentality, which tends to tell many new collectors who may not know it at all, but when it comes to this art deco formal watch legend, I happily tend to support With the idea of ​​a hive. Why? Because Reverso-to borrow contemporary parlance-is definitely a slap in the face.

Introduced in 1931, Reverso is one of the rare watches born out of sports needs-you may already know the story. If you are a newcomer, in short, Reverso’s unique hinged dial can be flipped to protect the delicate crystal from the wrong polo mallet swing. Because of this, even in all its sophisticated Art Deco styles, even in 18k rose gold, the heavily decorated modern Reverso still has the strange sturdiness of a tool watch-as if it is still an object for a specific purpose, and It’s not just another evening accessory like most traditional formal watches.

It seems that every 5 or 10 years, we will launch a series of limited edition Reversos for the most recent anniversary. Of course, this is not Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s most primitive modus operandi, but at the same time, anniversaries often produce the most wearable or the most interesting and desirable interpretations-and this Duoface Fagliano version comes from the Tribute series, To commemorate Reverso’s 90 years old is certainly not inferior. The packaging features a gorgeous red sunburst dial that contrasts sharply with the rose gold case and hour markers, and is equipped with a textured burgundy leather strap handmade by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s manufacturing partner Casa Fagliano, famous for Casa Fagliano Argentine boots manufacturer, has produced five generations since then, it was founded in 1832 by itself.

Generally speaking, suede leather is the perfect texture complement and can help to decorate overly elegant designs. It adds some canvas here that is particularly good, helping to balance the obvious “precious” of decorative elements and contrast with all golden frames. The bright red dial has a rough, masculine texture. Speaking of masculinity, this particular design is larger than the most traditional Reverso, 47 mm high and more than 28 mm wide. Now, if you are new to the world of Reverso, it has traditionally been a very small watch-and it usually takes some time to get used to it. This slightly larger case (in part due to its hidden complexity) helps bridge the gap between the obvious dressing of the original and makes it more in line with the style that modern collectors might prefer.

However, for the Reverso form, the fun begins when you unlock the case hinge and turn it over. The earliest Reversos-and now the most faithful replica of the modern “Monoface” found in the Tribute series, with only a solid metal back-are also polo mallet countermeasures. But here, we not only have another beautifully textured eggshell dial, but also the time display in 12 and 24 hour formats. The 854A/2 movement, called Duoface, powers this dual chronograph complication. It was specially developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1994 for Reverso, allowing the wearer to independently set either side (using a flush with the top) The tiny hidden slider caseband above 12:00) or show two different time zones, Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano

This is not the first time Jaeger-LeCoultre has borrowed a modern Tribute to refer to its Duoface treatment-it has stainless steel, rose gold and blue dials to choose from, but this is the first time we have seen it in red, and the use is inspired by polo boots A stronger strap configuration of its own. All in all, it is probably the most natural and practical way to implement a double-sided watch, and it has injected a new modern utility into Reverso that has not been fully seen since it patrolled polo courts. I really like its rose gold, it produces a particularly chic canvas on which red and white dials can be set. Although I have this type of strap now, my curiosity makes me wonder what it would look like if JLC stripped the Reverso further to its sturdy sports core.

Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano (ref. Q398256J)
Dimensions: 47 x 28.3mm x 10.3mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Case material: 18k rose gold
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire
Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 28 (manual winding, dual time)
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds. Back: second time zone, 24-hour day/night display
Power reserve: 42 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Bi-material cordovan leather and canvas, handmade by Casa Fagliano, 18k rose gold pin buckle