Used as a desk or bedside clock by both ladies and gentlemen, one of the collectable’s key features is its capacity to open and close, allowing the clock to be protected during transport or stand up straight when rested on a flat surface. Designed for practical use, it features an alarm function which still functions, emitting a loud and crisp sound.
An improvement from previous executions from the 1920s which only featured a 2-day power reserve, this example features an 8-day power reserve, as indicated by the '8' signature at 6 o’clock. The calibre is manually-wound, operated through a crown at 6 o’clock, which is easily accessible. Concealed within the crown, the button for the alarm setting moves the alarm indicator backwards by 1 minute, with each activation. One would like to imagine that these were intentionally conceived by Jaeger in order to facilitate changing the time (and alarm), for example when crossing between timezones.
The "E. Gübelin" signature adds to the rarity and appeal of this travel clock, with no mention of Jaeger LeCoultre on the dial. Founded in 1854, Gübelin is one of the oldest watch retailers in Europe, having marked its name on many double-signed Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet watches back in the day.
The dial is well-preserved, with the blued steel hands and painted indexes having developed a warm patina, which beautifully complements the black dial. The dial layout is reminiscent of Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso designs from the same period, which was recently reintroduced by the brand in various configurations. The black alligator outer-case is in excellent condition and brings out the brown patina of the dial, enhancing the overall visual presence of the clock.