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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is easily one of the most iconic and recognizable watches ever made. The rectangular-shaped, double-faced watch is celebrating its 85th birthday this year, and we were teased with some novelties late last year, but they saved the big reveal for SIHH 2016. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon watch is a limited edition platinum watch that serves the legacy of the Reverso very well while also advancing the brand’s already impressive Gyrotourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre has actually made a Gyrotourbillon Reverso before, with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon II watch (Hands-on here) which was also in platinum and limited to 75 pieces. It’s worth noting just how much a technical feat the older Gyrotourbillon was, and Jaeger-LeCoultre is likely as proud of this accomplishment as they are the with the legacy of the Reverso.  Eric Coudray developed the Gyrotourbillon several years back now and while it appears that it is moving like a gyroscope, it’s actually a very cleverly designed two-axis tourbillon set within a spherical cage. It features a spherically shaped balance wheel and ball-shaped hairspring. Again, it’s really not a surprise at all that JLC would update the Gyrotourbillon in their birthday tribute to the Reverso.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon watch, has a brand new Gyrotourbillon movement in their new in-house manual winding Calibre 179. It’s 30% lighter than its predecessor and has an external driving mechanism that has it perform its rotation. The bi-axial flying tourbillon has two carriages which perform an external rotation in one minute and an internal rotation in 12.6 seconds. A really novel approach Jaeger-LeCoultre has taken is the inclusion of an anchor-shaped balance wheel designed to evoke the brand’s logo.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

It’s not a Reverso without two sides, and on the front there is a white hour and minutes dial on the upper section, joined by blued steel Dauphine hands as found in several iterations of the Reverso. At 11 o’clock, you’ll see the day/night indicator. Take a look at the blue arrow at the lower lefthand side of the dial, surrounded by the beautiful sunburst guilloché pattern. It points to the seconds display, which is actually a graduated disc which rotates at the cadence of the Gyrotourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon Watch Watch Releases

On the reverse side of the dial, you find the engraved movement which is really just incredibly well done, especially when you realize how difficult this must have been to do considering the thinness of the movement. Here, you’ll find the dual time display, looking vastly different from the display at the front of the watch. At 2 o’clock, you’ll see the day/night indicator in a 24-hour mode.

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon watch, while not technically a grande complication watch as some are wont to say, is beautiful and mechanically impressive. It’s also limited to 75 pieces, with a price of $270,000.  jaeger-lecoultre.com

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  • iamcalledryan

    Be still my beating, gyrating, heart

  • Raymond Wilkie

    It’s certainly got the O.M.G factor. This just a dream to look at. Can you imagine the team behind this ?. I wasted my life paying the bills when i should have flown caution to the wind and set off for Switzerland after high school.

  • JimBob

    Gyrotourbillon is the most delicious kind of tourbillon.

  • Dr. Dunghorse

    Perfect.

  • word-merchant

    Pretty wonderful! Although I expect the price will be steep and the market small (and alas not including me) I think it’s fantastic that firms still want to make watches like this.

  • MEddie90

    I love the cylindrical hairspring, would like to know if there are any real-benefits though. It seems to be a hybrid between a cylindrical spring you see on marine chronometers and a regular flat hairspring.

    Cool to see the tie fighter balance make an appearance too.

  • Borys Bozzor Pawliw

    The perfect relationship between engineering and art.

  • IanE

    I REALLY need to know the price! I mean, just how exceedingly far is it out of my price range?

  • Dan Baxter

    Way outside my price range, I’m sure, but like most Reverso’s, classically beautiful, readable and functional. Well done.

  • funNactive

    Love it. I’d never stop staring at it if it ever dawned my wrist.

  • Sevenmack

    Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

  • Shinytoys

    I got some deep love for the Reverso….

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    The best new SIHH watch so far… Stunningly beautiful.