Back in December 2010 when the Swiss manufacturer was going to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its iconic 1931 Reverso model, the brand has introduced an absolutely gorgeous Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 Limited Edition watch. The timekeeper proved to be so popular among thousands fans that exactly a year later JLC introduced an even more appealing Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge Hand-Wound and a year still a splendid Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface Bleu model. This year, the company introduces Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 (ref. Q2782560) watch that features a slightly different, but even more historically correct dial.
Slightly (just barely) larger than previous iterations of the watch, the new JLC Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 is powered by a modified version of the same movement cal. 822 engine that animated the 1931 Rouge. Called JLC Caliber 822/2, the mechanism features a small seconds indicator, which is positioned at 6 hours.
Speaking of sizes, the new wristwatch is supplied in the signature rectangular case that is just shy of 47 mm in length and almost 27.5 millimeters in width. Pair it with a really impressive thinness of just 7.30 millimeters and you get a real gentleman’s sports watch that not only looks great on a normal wrist, but is also quite comfortable to wear with formal attire.
As usual, you can actually wear the piece as a sports accessory since its ultra-thin case can still be rotated 180 degrees clockwise in order to protect the sapphire crystal from accidental shattering. When “closed”, the timepiece will reveal its machine-brushed with the iconic corporate logo, as well as “1000 Hours Control” inscription and a unique serial number engraved on it.
Compared to the historic model, the layout of the timekeeper’s face is slightly different. As you can see on the photos, the REVERSO inscription has been put right atop the square-shaped subsidiary seconds indicator and the company’s name has been removed completely. Perhaps, the reason behind the decision had something to do with the fact that the company was renamed as “S.A. des Produits Jaeger-LeCoultre” only in 1937.
Also, some historic models of the company produced before that year were indeed often presented without any corporate logo on them. So, the decision probably has nothing to do with someone among top managers suffering from an acute feeling of shame or anything like that.
Delivered in a rose gold body, the watch features my favorite combination of colors. Its polished gold case is elegantly combined with matt brown alligator leather strap and a chocolate brown dial. Interesting thing about this timepiece is that the eleven hour markers and the Arabic “12” numeral is not applied, painted, transferred or printed, but is in fact powdered with some gold-colored substance.
It looks like the Swiss watchmaker doesn’t plan to limit the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 production, which is great: it would be a real crime against humanity to make this rose gold beauty available to just a few dozens of lucky guys.
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 (ref. Q2782560) watch specification
Price: $17,200 (MSRP)
Movement: Manual, JLC caliber 822/2, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 19
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 45 hours
Movement decoration: Hand-decorated
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Case material: 18-carat Rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Rectangular
Bezel shape: Rectangular
Case size: 46.80 mm x 27.40 mm
Case height: 7.30 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: Chocolate brown
Hour markers: Powdered
Hands: Sword-shaped, rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Matt brown alligator leather strap on 18-carat rose gold pin buckle
Case back: Solid, engraved “1000 Hours Control”