The French adventure photographer Alex Strohl went to Northern Iceland, at the intersection of Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, accompanied with the new Polaris Memovox Limited Edition watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Considering that the total complexity of the hand-wound Caliber 853 triple calendar movement within and the obvious contemporary desire for larger instances, the dimensions grows even in the Big Duoface’s 47mm by 28mm measurements to 49.4mm tall by 30mm wide. Concerning thickness, the watch sits a fair 10.9mm high. Truly, the delight of a Reverso such as this comes in the double faces and world class finishes. It really sits in a category of its own with no real peers, and that I have a feeling a lot of people are going to drool over this watch. Even those folks who, somewhat correctly, believe JLC is dependent upon the Reverso to the point of interchangeability will concur that this watch is a good reason why.The 853 manifests itself in two dial executions on the Tribute Calendar — foremost with all the silver ‘front’ dial of the watch that exhibits a split day/month aperture and a moonphase indicator using a pointer date encircle at 6:00. It has more information than most might be accustomed to seeing in this a small number of real estate but it remains extremely well-balanced, as a result of textbook applications of symmetry and comparison between the beveled dauphine hands, applied rose gold markers, and the beautiful silvered texture of the dial itself. And talking of that silver dial, it acts as an antidote, counterbalancing the rose gold’s warm tones with a cold, elegant masculinity that’s just a joy to behold — something that few rose gold watches may put claim to.Before we flip the watch above, allow me to talk about the movement itself for a moment — that the hand-cranking 853 hums along at a relatively low 3 Hertz, or even 21,600 vibrations per hour, granting an energy reserve of around 45 hours. On paper, higher oscillations are always more of a joy to behold, but because there’s no running moments hand on this Reverso, there is no visual indicator that the watch is operating at a lower rate. Granted, we get a moonphase indicator rather, so it’s barely a dreadful trade-off.