A Closer Look At Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater
A special chiming timepiece made to celebrate the brand’s newly opened Sound Maker Exhibition In New York City. Open from September 21st to October 5th.
Be on the alert, enthusiasts and collectors of chiming timepieces, because there’s a new grail watch in town; meet Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater. And from September 21st through October 5th, 2021, visitors will have the opportunity to celebrate the watchmaker’s 150-year history in the art of horological sound at the unique Sound Maker exhibition in New York City.
From the Polo Field, an Icon Was Born
It has been 90 years since Jaeger-LeCoultre first introduced the now-iconic Reverso watch. The Reverso was first devised for polo players, as they could flip, or reverse, the watch mid-match, leaving a solid caseback exposed rather than the fragile crystal and art deco dial. The design was both innovative and practical and has since transcended sport, drawing customers from beyond the polo field.
The Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater
Fast forward to today – Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso collection offers a myriad of variations, from time-only watches to grand complications, and comes in a myriad of metals. In fact, the Reverso became the vehicle through which Jaeger-LeCoultre re-developed its expertise in high complications, starting in the 1990s.
The new Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater, limited to ten pieces crafted in pink gold, certainly embodies this re-developing of expertise.
New and Improved
While the watch flips over like any other Reverso, you’ll want to keep it off the polo field. The watch is crafted with a revised, improved version of the brand's in-house calibre 944 movement. The front dial of the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater is fully skeletonized, with a bow-shaped bridge extending diagonally from 11 o’clock to 7 o’clock. The brand’s patented, proprietary trebuchet hammers can also be seen in action and on-demand, in all their glory. A completely silent regulator and new, improved gongs further enhance the purity of the rich chime sound.
Both sides of the watch display the time, so it can be worn with either side facing up. The watch’s reverse side shows the movement, with a main plate decorated by hand with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes, which also serve as the dial. The slider to activate the chime is set on the case opposite the crown and was designed to be as slim as possible, so as not to degrade ergonomics.
Bigger is Better
The timepiece serves up 35 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It has a generous presence on the wrist, measuring 51.1mm by 31mm. But, who wouldn’t want this watch to stand out from the crowd?
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater is priced at 250,000 Euros and is limited to just 10 pieces worldwide.
The Sound Maker Exhibit in New York City
Speaking of standing out, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Sound Maker exhibit will be open from September 21st through October 5th, 2021, in New York City’s uber-trendy Meatpacking District. If you’re a fan of chiming watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre aficionado, and/or music lover, an immersive experience awaits. Along with the Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater, some of the brand’s rarest repeaters, many of which have never been visible to the public before now, will be on display.
How to Get There
Entrance to the exhibit is by reservation only. Tickets, which are free of charge, can be reserved at the brand's website. The exhibition hours are 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday, and 10 AM to 7 PM Saturday and Sunday.
Learn More About Jaeger-LeCoultre's Sound Maker Exhibition.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)