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Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Classique High-End Watches Review

Updated on January 10, 2015

Reverso Classic

Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Classique line abandons complication, a move that results in accent on the design and the mechanism of case reversal. JLC is probably the only Swiss high-end watchmaker that's truly at ease with the rectangular form, and Reverso Classique shows how and why – better than any other Reverso model.

Surprisingly simple one-block case integrates into a basis of metallic back and lugs, creating an illusion of opening and closing a window, as if revealing something about the wearer. More than anything, this unique flipping mechanism gives Reverso wrist watches a depth of design – and provides a clue as to how the rectangular case achieved this charming ease of character.

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Art Deco

JLC Reverso (Classique) manifests several Art Deco principles. First, the round side edges create a cylindric streamlined appearance that helps to cancel out any sharpness a rectangle may import. Second, the upper and the lower borders of the case are fluted with a linear ornament, creating a symmetry between them (and offsetting the one between right and left).

Last but not least is the reversal mechanism – an allusion to modernist sophistication, stylized and miniaturized. Jaeger LeCoultre Reversal Classique epitomizes these qualities because of its lack of movement complications; this watch speaks – sings – design – filtering via its body the roaring twenties. (Read the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Complication review for a discussion of the dial properties).

The Reversal Mechanism

Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso ability of case reversal is a unique feature that sets the collection apart as both specialized and elitist. Reverso watches are intended for Polo players – the sport of aristocrats and kings. Polo involves keeping horses, many of them, which is expensive, and is usually the privilege of those with the means and appropriate family traditions. Though these distinctions detach the collection from the regular crowd, they also emphasize ideas we can all relate to.

During the reversal process, when the bottom face is exposed, the watch assumes a horizontal aesthetic quality, simply as an abstract decorative object, or a very expensive “trinket.” Thus, playing with the mechanism adds an entertaining value.


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