Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano Paints New York City Rouge
There are few truly iconic models in the watchmaking world, and one of them is indisputably the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. Created in 1931, the rectangular reversible timepiece originally designed for polo players has endured through the years without catching a single wrinkle. So, we decided to put the versatility of the new Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano to the test and took it around the Big Apple.
The Perfect Match
Jaeger-LeCoultre and Casa Fagliano's relationship began in 2011 when the brand celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Reverso. Based in Hurlingham, Argentina, since 1892, Casa Fagliano is a five-generation-strong maker of artisanal polo boots. And from the beginning, this relationship was a perfect match. Coincidentally, Fagliano also helped launch the elegant Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute collection in 2011, which was paired with Fagliano straps.
For the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano, Jaeger-LeCoultre pairs its Reverso Tribute with a Casa Fagliano-made red cordovan leather and canvas strap, harkening back to the canvas-and-leather boots the Argentinian bootmaker makes for summer polo.
Doing everything by hand, Casa Fagliano’s dedication to its craft and passion is no different than Jaeger-LeCoultre's to fine watchmaking. Pairing a Reverso with a Fagliano strap is the same as having a polo player finding the perfect boots to play in.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is not a novice when it comes to red-faced watches. Its first red-faced Reverso dates back to 1931, which Jaeger-LeCoultre recently paid tribute to for its 80th anniversary in 2011. For the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano, the brand opted for a vivid burgundy-red dial that would put any French wine to shame. Specifically, the color is in tribute to the brand's early use of vivid tones, not to mention that the shiny red dial pairs perfectly with the rose gold cases and indices.
Then, with a smooth turn of the iconic reversible case, the second dial is revealed with its dual-time zone complication. Contrary to the burgundy front dial, the reverse dial is an opaline white a with Clous de Paris guillochage finish providing a très élégante stippled texture.
Both dials pair beautifully with the hand-made Fagliano strap. And its leather and fabric combination make the timepiece even more versatile than a “typical” Reverso already is.
From the Polo Field to the Big Apple
The Reverso, as its name implies, is a timepiece to fit every occasion. And where is more versatile than New York City? From the concrete canyons of Wall Street to the soothing oasis of Central Park, The City That Never Sleeps has something for everyone, always.
Located in the posh neighborhood of Lenox Hill at 701 Madison Avenue, the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique is steeped in luxury – only a block away from Central Park (which is almost shaped like the Reverso, when you think about it) and close to all the hype restaurants in town. The boutique is a welcome space with a round structure that allows you to take in fully the savoir-faire of "La Grande Maison."
Limited to 190 pieces and priced at $23,900, the new Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano is exclusively available at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques worldwide. The elegant and thin rose gold case measures 47mm long, 28.3mm wide, and 10.3 thick. It is powered by the in-house Jaeger-LeCoultre manual-wound Calibre 854A/2 that boasts a 42 hours power reserve. The first face of the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano displays the hour/minutes and small seconds, while the second face displays the second time and a 24-hour day/night indicator.
After over a decade in the industry myself and being lucky enough to have tried on more watches than I can remember, the Reverso with its art-deco lines is still my all-time favorite. I genuinely believe the Reverso is a must-have in any serious collection. With the different shapes and sizes, there is a Reverso for everyone.
We can't wait to see what Jaeger-LeCoultre has in store for 2021!
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)