This is one of the reasons why the Reverso has remained a reliable and rewarding watch, not only in its style, but
especially in its value. The Reverso is all things to all men – and women. It’s the epitome of Art Deco style, and
yet not obnoxiously so. It is at once a high-precision instrument and a diverting toy, capable of captivating its
owner and all whom he or she meets. I am not at all surprised that almost 90 years on, the love affair collectors
have with the Reverso is as strong as ever.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique is one of the least expensive ways to wear a watch from this grande maison.
Although you could consider it the entry-level Reverso, no corners were cut to create this watch.
The Classique is as pure as you can get for a Reverso. It oozes the style of decades long gone, but obviously not
forgotten. The dial engages in a subtle play with light, revealing textures and colors you didn’t think were in the
dial. This really gives the watch depth and amplifies that Art Deco style so closely associated with the
The present example of the Reverso Classique in our shop is a manual-wind watch that features a 48.5mm x 30mm 18k
rose gold case surrounding a silver dial. It comes on a gorgeous brown alligator strap with an 18k rose gold tang
buckle. Functions include hours, minutes and small-seconds. The present model is from 2012 and it comes with a
two-year warranty from Watchfinder.
Over the last few decades, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s famous watch with a swivelling case, the Reverso, has appeared with a
variety of dials and in different case sizes – without ever compromising the integrity of the original design – and,
in 2016, the company returned to the stylistic codes of the original 1931 model to create a series of Tribute
In tune with the signature design elements of the Reverso Tribute, the present example in our shop has the hours
marked by applied indexes rather than numerals, neat dauphine hands adding a visual depth to the lacquered surface
and the customary sunray pattern inside the watch’s cradle. Besides its aesthetic appeal, the watch is suitably
endowed with the in-house manually-wound Calibre 822/2. The Tribute Small Seconds has a slim 8.5mm case that carries
this specially designed rectangular shaped movement, which delivers a power reserve of 45 hours. It beats at 21,600
vph and provides indications for the hours, the minutes, and the sub-seconds.
This particular model is from 2019 and is offered with its original set of box and papers and a two-year warranty