The iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has had many incarnations since its debut as a watch for polo players in 1931. One of the most recent is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948, a classically elegant watch that revives the look of the Reverso model that heralded the style of the 1950s.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948 is distinguished from other Reverso models by the inscription “Fabriqué en Suisse” (“made in Switzerland”) on the dial, just below the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo, a nod to the 1948 original. The traditional Reverso swiveling case, with its Art Deco-inspired rectangular shape and distinctive gadroons, is made of stainless steel. True to its name, the watch is very slender, just 7.3 mm thick despite its contemporary large dimensions (46.8 x 27.4 mm). The back surface of the case bears Jaeger-LeCoultre’s “1000 Hours Control” motto, referring to the brand’s intensive quality control testing, but is otherwise a blank canvas for its owner to personalize. The silvered, grained dial has blue, stamped hour indices and blue-facetted baton-shaped hands. A rectangular subdial for small seconds is placed at 6 o’clock.
This ultra-thin watch has a correspondingly slim movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Caliber 822/2, which is made entirely in-house at the brand’s manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The manual-wound movement is only 2.94 mm thick, with a frequency of 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 45 hours. It is made up of 114 parts, including 19 jewels and boasts hand-decorated patterns on several elements. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948 is fitted with a matte black alligator strap with steel pin buckle and will be available exclusively at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques, priced at $9,450.