Of all the trendy Reverso fashions out there, the aptly named Tribute collection most intently resembles the unique pivoting polo-ready Reverso watches from the Thirties. They’re additionally among the most enjoyable iterations because of an assortment of dial and strap colours that embody each vibrant hues and secure neutrals. And now, as a part of its Watches and Wonders 2023 new releases, Jaeger-LeCoultre is including 4 recent variations of the Reverso Tribute Small Seconds to the lineup. There are three pink-gold variations, out there with black sunray, burgundy lacquer, and silver sunray dials, together with a stainless-steel model fitted with a silver opaline dial. All references are paired with straps made by Casa Fagliano, the famend polo bootmaker that’s been collaborating with Jaeger-LeCoultre since 2011.
Probably the most causal (and reasonably priced) possibility of the 4 new fashions is the stainless Reverso Tribute Small Seconds (ref. Q713842J) with a case that measures 45.6mm-long by 27.4mm-wide by 8.5mm-thick. The sunray-brushed silver opaline dial is house to the Tribute’s signature Dauphine arms and utilized faceted hour markers, but they’re completed in black nickel for a pleasant modern contact. The hand on the small seconds indicator at 6 o’clock can also be black nickel-finished. The watch is furnished with a strap that mixes calf leather-based and canvas.
The three new 2023 18k pink-gold Reverso Tribute Small Seconds references profit from a redesigned case that’s been slimmed down by virtually 1mm to attain a thickness of seven.56mm (the 45.6mm by 27.4mm dimension stays the identical). That is no minor feat given the complexity of the Reverso’s famed slide-and-swivel mechanism, which requires virtually 40 parts (out of a complete of greater than 50 for the whole case) to assemble. As anticipated from Jaeger-LeCoultre, the instances are produced and hand-assembled fully in-house.
All of the pink-gold Reverso Tribute Small Seconds fashions are offered with two interchangeable straps which can be fitted with pin buckles to permit for fast strap adjustments. The silver sunray dial variation (ref. Q7132521) comes with a dressy black alligator strap, which could be switched out for a laid-back canvas and leather-based strap when the event requires it. Then again, the black sunray dial (ref. Q713257J) and burgundy lacquer dial (ref. Q713256J) fashions are packaged with full calf leather-based straps and combo calf leather-based and canvas straps — in shades that match the dials.
Of the 4, the pink gold Reverso Tribute Small Seconds with the lacquered burgundy dial is particularly putting. Colourful dials aren’t a contemporary growth of the gathering; they have been already an possibility quickly after the 1931 launch of the maiden Reverso. The distinction between the clear strains of the case and the exuberant let-your-hair-down coloration of the dial simply works.
To land that intense shade, as much as 4 layers of coloured lacquer should be utilized. That’s adopted with as much as 20 layers of sheer lacquer, which serves not solely so as to add depth but in addition set the colour. Every layer is utilized by hand, and the subsequent coat can solely be added as soon as the earlier one has dried completely. The a number of coats of lacquer are then varnished and hand-polished to a mirror-like end. Whatever the particular coloration, all of the dials which can be housed contained in the pink-gold instances embody pink-gold Dauphine arms and utilized faceted indices, full with the attribute double-indices that mark 12 o’clock.
Staying devoted to the unique Reverso design that allowed polo gamers to show the case to cover the delicate dial throughout harmful matches, swiveling the Reverso Tribute Small Seconds case reveals a strong steel caseback. Contained in the case of the brand new Watches and Wonders 2023 Reverso Tribute Small Seconds is similar celebrated Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 822 manual-winding motion that’s been powering quite a few Reverso watches for many years. The tonneau-shaped motion that matches seamlessly into the oblong case consists of 108 parts and provides the watches with 42 hours of energy reserve. Even when these in-house actions are hidden, in customary Jaeger-LeCoultre vogue, they’re expertly completed and embellished.
With the thinner pink-gold case, a recent batch of dial colorways, and interchangeable straps, these new Reverso Tribute Small Seconds watches will undoubtedly be appreciated additions to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s flagship watch assortment. Costs have but to be introduced. For extra data, please go to the model’s web site.
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