At the SIHH 2017, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled two new models in the Reverso Tribute collection: the Reverso Tribute Duo model, that we have already presented, and the Reverso Tribute Moon watch.
With its front drawing inspiration from the original Reverso watch, the Reverso Tribute Moon channels the spirit of 1931. Its silvered dial, in a grained finish that accords beautifully with the stainless steel case, has blue-toned hourmarkers applied by hand. Their intense hue is echoed in the blued hands, as well as on the collection’s emblematic railtrack minute circle. At six o’clock, a moon disc hammered into shape entirely by hand shows the progression of the lunar orb across the starry heavens. The date is indicated by a crescent moon set on the end of a delicate hand at its rim.
Six-figure price tags are a dime a dozen on the display floor. When I first watched the new Master Control Date using a sector dial in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s stall, I knew I wanted to get a time with it in my wrist, but when each conversation I had with journalists, collectors, and other industry friends kept coming back into some $5,700 time-and-date watch, I knew we had something special on our hands.Openworked tourbillons and decimal dramatic watches are great, sure, but when we’re being honest, they’re show pieces more than anything else. Very few will ever be produced, and very few will ever really be worn out-and-about. I’m not saying I don’t like such watches — I find them endlessly fascinating and lust-worthy — only that I find watches like this Jaeger Lecoultre Watch Repair Nyc Replica far more persuasive in the end. The thought was to create a line of watches which represented the worth of pure, classic watchmaking, having a concentration on simple aesthetics, performance, hi-tech, and long-term functionality. Together with the first collection of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre began its “1,000 Hours Control” quality test program, which topics finished watches into some six-week program of evaluations. Including impacts, temperature changes, motion through six positions, water resistance, and much more — it’s all pretty standard stuff now (though six weeks is a lot of time for something such as this), but in 1992 that was basically unheard of.
Another face is revealed when you turn the timepiece over. Like every watch in the Tribute collection, the reverse is endowed with a second time zone courtesy of the Duo concept. A trigger discreetly built into the top of the case allows the second time zone to be set, without compromising the aesthetics of the watch. A Clous de Paris guilloché motif runs around the perimeter of the deep blue reverse dial, while baton hour-markers and Dauphine hands are set against the opaline finish of its centre. An eye-catching day/night indicator offers up the sun and the moon in an extension of the starry metaphorical conceit behind this watch.