Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the iconic JLC Reverso (a line of watches that were loved by literally generations of polo players, but are now considered a distinguished gentleman’s wristwatch of choice,) the Swiss Watch Manufacture will soon start selling their new Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 Limited Edition (refs. Q2788570 & Q2782521) hand-wound watch. As it often happens with models from JLC, the new watch will be presented both in modest (but still quite expensive at almost $8000 MSRP) stainless steel and more luxurious rose gold.
Paying homage to the 1931 year’s model, the new limited edition watch will have the corporate logo removed from the dial and replaced with a simple “REVERSO” name.
Featuring only two sword-shaped hour and minute hands and a prominent, railway-style minute track, the black dial is adorned with highly contrast hour markers in a nod to the 1931 year model.
Among all Reversos, this one features the most balanced and elegant dial layout.
The watch is going to be presented in two versions: one in stainless steel (Ref. Q2788570) and the other one in 18-carat rose gold (Ref. Q2782521) case measuring quite comfortable 46 millimeters from lug to lug, approximately 27.5 mm in width (the tiny crown is, of course, not included) and only 7.2 mm in thickness that makes it especially nice to wear with formal attire.
The impressive thinness of the Tribute to 1931 is achieved thanks to the manually-wound JLC Caliber 822 ultra-thin movement.
Crafted, assembled and decorated by hand, this rather slow-beating movement is built on 21 jewels and comprises 134 parts. The mechanism was introduced almost two decades ago in 1991 and, during these long years, gained itself a fame of an extremely robust and precise -if somewhat archaic in its delicious simplicity- movement. Although you probably won’t surprise anybody with its power reserve of just 45 hours, it is still adequate enough for a daily, um, ‘luxury beater’.
Both versions will be water resistant to 30 meters and have a “1000 Hours Control” indication on their backs. While you don’t really need to wear a gorgeous beard to have one of these beauties, be warned that the iconic watch with its unmistakable art-deco styling steel requires a level of refinement far beyond faded blue jeans and a polo shirt. After all, buying one of these timekeepers, even if it’s a relatively affordable version in stainless steel, you are becoming a part of legend, a part of myth.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 Limited Edition (refs. Q2788570 & Q2782521) hand-wound watch specification
Price: $7750 (Stainless steel, Ref. Q2788570) / $16,400 (18-carat Rose gold, Ref. Q2782521)
Movement: JLC Caliber 822, ultra-thin, height 2.94 mm, 21 jewels, 21,600 vph, 134 parts, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 45 hours
Case material: Rose gold or Stainless steel
Bezel material: Rose gold or Stainless steel
Case shape: Rectangular
Bezel shape: Rectangular
Case size: 46.00 mm x 27.50 mm
Case height: 7.2 mm
Dial: Black (stainless steel) or Silvered (rose gold)
Numerals: Arabic (on rose gold model)
Hands: Steel or Gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black alligator leather with pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid, engraved