Grand Reverso Duoface | Boutique Blue | steel

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Grand Reverso Duoface | Boutique Blue | steel

Ref. 278.8.54

Regular price

This Jaeger-LeCoultre Grand Reverso, Ultra-Thin Duoface “Blue“ watch is one of very few ‘Boutique Edition’ pieces, created as a tribute to the earliest Reverso wristwatches. The blue lacquer dial is carefully colour-matched to that of a similar 1933 Reverso, creating a contemporary twist on a vintage classic.

An Early Sports Watch

Introduced in 1931, the Reverso was born out of functional necessity. Its purpose stemmed from a common complaint by British officers stationed in India, often disgruntled by the damaging of their wristwatch glass during polo matches. Swiss businessman and brand associate of the time, César de Trey, conveyed this message to his supplier Jacques-David LeCoultre, bringing about a solution in the form of a wristwatch with a swiveling face, allowing the case to be ‘reversed’ in order to protect the glass. It was actively promoted “Pour Les Heures D’Activites Physique”, and is unofficially classified as one of the first sports watches.

The Duoface Blue

Fast forward to 2013, the Grand Reverso, Ultra-Thin Duoface “Blue“ was inspired by a highly-collectable variation from the 1930s (with a blue dial), and revealed as part of the brand's 180th anniversary celebration.

This Grand Reverso, Ultra-Thin Duoface is sized at a contemporary 46.5mm x 27.5mm (9mm thick) and has a distinctive, stepped, rectangular case. The iconic reversible housing features angular, straight lugs and is polished throughout. The case-back is brushed and displays the manufacture's signature, along with ‘REVERSO’, ‘Special Edition’ and its unique reference numbers engraved. On the reverse side, the watch features an entirely different dial, showing a second timezone. This second, opaline white dial is finished with Clous de Paris guilloché, with luminous-filled, sword-shaped hands, indicating the hours and minutes. Below the main dial at 6 o'clock, a 24-hour sub-dial is shown, with "Day" and "Night" indicators printed on both sides.

The lacquer dial is a vibrant royal blue and has a fluid, glossy finish. The applied, rhodium-plated, polished struck hour-markers compliment the dial tone, coordinating perfectly with the traditional baton handset. The "Reverso" script, printed at 12 o'clock, utilises the same font used on the first 1931 Reverso. It also has its original signed crown, and comes equipped with its JLC-stamped tang buckle.

The Movement

This Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is powered by the 21-jewel Cal. 854/1 manual-winding movement (tracking both timezones), beating at a rate of 21,600 A/h, boasting a power reserve of up to 45 hours. The button on the right case-side (above the winding-crown) adjusts the second timezone.

Redefining the Reverso

The Reverso was somewhat of a utilitarian solution to a practical problem, but has since reinvented itself into a contemporary dress watch, fully-retaining its identity. Throughout its 86 year production run, the dial has often proved the canvas on which Jaeger-LeCoultre have experimented and redefined itself. The Duoface “Blue” encapsulates this is the best possible way.

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Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Grand Reverso Ultra-Thin Duoface Blue
Movement: mechanical manual-winding Cal. 854/1
Functions: dual timezone: hours, minutes, 24-hours and day/night indicator
Features: special edition, blue lacquer dial
Case: 46.5 x 27.5 mm (9mm thickness)
Crystal: sapphire
Strap: Tokyo grey grained calfskin strap (with ACM buckle), original burgundy JLC calf strap and JLC steel pin buckle
Year: 2013
Box & papers: box, papers, product literature, servicing paperwork (2020)
This Jaeger-LeCoultre Grand Reverso Boutique Edition "Blue" watch is in excellent condition, with only minor superficial marks on the caseback. It comes with its original box and stamped papers, as well as a recent servicing receipt from Jaeger-LeCoultre in London, dated 2020. The case front was lightly valeted (with the caseback left untouched), and the crown replaced. The watch comes with the remainder of its 2-year servicing warranty from Jaeger-LeCoultre, and a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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