There’s no better platform for a two-faced watch than the swivelling Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. The Reverso One Duetto Jewelry does just that, while being extravagantly Art Deco. While the basic JLC Reverso Duetto has a plain front and diamond set reverse, intended to suit both day and evening wear, the Reverso One Duetto Jewelry is bling on both sides.
Entirely in polished pink gold, the Reverso One elongates the traditional Reverso case, evoking ladies’ cocktail watches of the 1930s. Three rows of diamonds are set on the horizontal gadroons, matched with diamonds set on the 18k pink gold bracelet that has lozenge-shaped links.
The front dial is mother of pearl with Arabic numerals, while the reverse dial is pink gold decorated with diamonds and a lozenge pattern. Even the crown is faceted to echo the lozenge shapes of the bracelet.
Inside is the cal. 844, a compact, simple and ingenious movement. It’s hand-wound with a 38-hour power reserve, and modified to show the time on both sides. The time on the front is displayed conventionally via the gear train, while the time on the reverse face (the 18k gold face on this watch) is shown via a series of gears.
That indirect display on the back is why the hands are set slightly higher above the midline of the case, slightly above the crown. Both sides of the watch show the same time, only on the larger, twin-faced Reverso for men are the displays independent adjustable.
Price and availability
The Reverso One Duetto Jewelry (ref. Q336 22 01) will be available starting end August 2017, with a price of S$91,000, or about US$65,900.
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