In 2011, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931. Echoing the design codes of the successful ’1931′ model as well as the duoface concept first seen in 1944, Jaeger-LeCoultre this year introduces the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface. At 9.41mm thin this is a classy piece, offered in both stainless steel and pink gold. A closer look, below.
This ultra-thin model features two distinct dials, one in a lighter, square style and the other in a darker, round style. On the “front” of the watch is a silver-toned dial with baton-style hour markers and sword-style hands. The original “REVERSO” script is used, though note that the placement differs depending on the model — on the pink gold the REVERSO sits just above the small seconds sub-dial, on the steel model, a more standard and prominent placement:
The “back” black dial features a “Clous de Paris” guilloché pattern surrounding the two inner-displays — the primary one is the second time zone, the smaller is a 24-hour indicator with night and day notation. Very beautiful, with the exception of the “day” “night” indications — for me these are an unfortunate distraction on an otherwise clean and nicely balanced dial. The second time zone is advanced in one-hour increments by the push piece on the case.
The movement is the 3.8mm thick, manual wind JLC Caliber 854/1, with 45 hour power reserve.
JLC Caliber 854/1