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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind Watch Releases

Out of the blue, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface, a watch that, as expected from any recently introduced JLC, forcibly features the word “Tribute” in its name… Even if it is, in fact, totally new, with a new movement ticking away inside. Yep, that’s me still not getting over why such a great brand with powerful innovation, unique design and over 1,200 calibers embedded in its past, has to be so unfathomably hooked on dwelling on its past and creating one re-creation after another tribute after a jubilee after… And even when it’s new, still not call it that. Ehh.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind Watch Releases

“Tough crowd!” – you may feel inclined calling me, and I guess you’d be right. So let us focus on the positives – of which there are many. First things first, this very piece is the debut of a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface with a flying tourbillon in it. A flying tourbillon “flies” because it’s secured only from underneath – with underneath being a well-understood spot in 99% of all watches ever made. In a Reverso, that is of course a matter of seconds to be changed entirely, with the flipping of the case now providing some proper wrist time for the Dark Side of the Flying Tourbillon – if there ever was one.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind Watch Releases

Hardcore JLC (and/or haute horlogerie) fans will quickly recognize that the “Recto” face, i.e. the regular side of the watch with the crown falling to the right hand side of the case, displays a tourbillon that appears to be a mix between the one we saw in the Hybris Mechanica 11 Minute Repeater Tourbillon (hands-on here) and in the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon (one of my all-time favs that I went hands-on with here). The balance wheel itself is what we saw in the HM11, while the carriage underneath – that neatly mirror polished, steel arrangement in the bowels of the tourbillon – looks a lot like that in the aforementioned latest Reverso Gyrotourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind Watch Releases

Nevertheless, the hand-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 847 is new, as it’s the first to blend the flying tourbillon with the “Duoface concept” – official communication keeps referring to it as such, even if it has evolved far beyond being a mere concept. The Duoface allows the Reverso to display two timezones on its two dials – with the Verso side sporting a day-night indicator at the 2 o’clock position of the silver sub-dial.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind Watch Releases

A neat detail that I can certainly appreciate is that JLC remembered to add yet another extra functionality to the Verso side: the flying tourbillon on this side also acts as a running seconds indicator, thanks to the 60-second track printed on the periphery of the inverse side of the tourbillon carriage. You could consider the pointy end of the – neatly skeletonized – lower supporting bridge to act as the seconds indicator. This is the sort of detail that gets at least some of us watch nerds excited.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind Watch Releases

Wrapped in a 45.5mm x 27.4mm x 9.15mm case in rock solid platinum, although this particular Reverso maintains comfortably wearable and stunning looking proportions, you bet it will also make you feel the substantial weight of fine Swiss watchmaking. Oh boy, what a beautiful metaphor, that is.

Although we have seen there have been a number of amazing Reverso tourbillons, thus far most of them were so discreet in their design, there’s a good chance we encountered a handful of them out in the wild – without ever realizing that the subtle, classy Reverso that we saw actually featured a tourbillon. That’s because most Reverso tourbillons up to this point showcased this understandably popular “complication” on their Verso sides, allowing one to either show it off in all its glory by flipping the case, or hide it entirely by simply wearing the watch with its solid dial side on top. So, unless you knew a particular dial design was reserved for one of these more special Reversos, you didn’t even knew you should ask to see the flipside… That, of course, is changed entirely with the Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface, for it proudly displays the tourbillon on both faces.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface Is The First Of Its Kind Watch Releases

It not being a fancy Gyrotourbillon, you’d reasonably expect the price to be lower than the crazy-spinning Reverso tourbillons of recent times – and you’d be right. Price for one of the 50 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface pieces is a funky $123,000, or less than half that of the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon. I’d readily call that a bargain – if only these two watches existed. jaeger-lecoultre.com

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  • Whoops, I got a watch boner…

    • David Bredan

      I guess we should introduce a NSFW tag for some of these articles…

  • Norbs K

    I can appreciate the craftsmanship and the ingenuity that went into these Reverso watches, but somehow they never managed to excite me.

    Until now. That back (dark) side is gorgeous. With the small time of day disk at 2 o’clock and the second indication.
    Can I have the watch with only that side? Don’t need the other one.

  • Timestandsstill

    Woah! I love Reversos in general but this one is making me sweaty! ??

    • Gokart Mozart

      Take a cold shower

  • SuperStrapper

    There’s just never going to be a reverso I’m actually interested in from an ownership perspective. A few technically interesting ones, like this, that I just have no desire to wear. Most of them are just outdated looking and kinda boring.

    Shame.

    • Kuroji

      I never understood Marius’ obsession with these.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Love the Reverso’s. Just remove the Tourb and put on a dial, and this one will be great.
    Someone said you left Dave.

    • David Bredan

      Then someone was, shockingly, wrong here.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Nice, but I will take the Gronefeld thanks.

    • SuperStrapper

      All day

  • FS1900

    He’s back! I thought you might be spending time tracking down rhymes-with-Jarius for the debut episode of “To Catch A Commenter”.
    And what a piece to come back to. Gorgeous.

    • David Bredan

      Coming to a History Channel near you!
      I’ve taken a few days off for the first time 5 years, it’s fun how you guys are so much on our rhythm that it stood out.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Yes It’s gorgeous, yes It’s a little technical marvel, yes It’s bloody expensive but (IMO) real men don’t wear rectangle watches.

    • FS1900

      Real men do wear equilaterally rectangular watches, though. And any other regular polygons are acceptably masculino. Muy, muy masculino. Perhaps an exception can even be made for rhomboids if they are not…too…pointy.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I didn’t understand a word of that comment.

        • Timestandsstill

          Not even “pointy”?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Oh…you know my feelings on pointy things.

    • Larry Holmack

      Woa there Raymond!!! I have several rectangular watches that I love and wear quite often!
      Oh…what???? Real men don’t wear them…oh ok…sorry… I forgot my wife took my man card back in 1999!!!
      ( :::::Hangs his head on shame::::)

    • Gokart Mozart

      No real men don’t wear watches with bracelets

  • David Bredan

    Hey Tim,
    “In isolation, it’s cool” – you’d better trademark that soon or you’ll see me using it; it’s a remark that is spot on, snarky and hilarious at the same time.
    There’s a JLC review coming up where I’ll show what I myself certainly – and hopefully many others – have been missing… For you’re right, 1) hope and 2) reason to believe are both still part of the game.

  • Polerouter

    Maybe it is more “usual Reverso Duoface” (if it even means a thing) to you, but I would still have preferred a solid blue dial on the recto, and a reversed tourbliion, hence seen “flying” from the back.

    I agree that the word “Tribute” is ridiculous (except maybe in Tenacious D songs). I still can’t decide which one I hate most between “Tribute” and “Heritage”.

  • Mischa

    “The Dark Side of the Flying Tourbillon”

    He’s back with a bang.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9a6e717b1d759decebeb020468bd19e43493dc91fd16d5708c7eec259bbaa989.png

    • David Bredan

      Yes! Cheers! 🙂

  • Gokart Mozart

    JLC is one of the few brands that deserve the benefit of the doubt in perhaps being slightly conservative, as generally there conservative items are still top quality and classy with great movements and very competitive prices.

    Compare this to same again PP, Rolexs, Grand Seiko’s, AP’s and the unlimited side of the moons etc.

    Even some of the ones that are innovating are screwing up. Nice new Zenith moments in a case and dial designs that is a poor pastiche of modern Tags and Hublots.

  • David Bredan

    Haha! Thank you kindly, will do!

  • Spangles

    The dauphine hands are nice, though, right?

  • If symptoms persist, for heavens sake don’t check that watch to see how long symptoms have persisted!