Jaeger-LeCoultre - Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR Geneva Friday, November 11, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: 2011
    Reference No: 277.8.62
    Case No: 2'762'355
    Model Name: Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 822, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather by Casa Fagliano
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel JL pin buckle
    Dimensions: 46.8 X 27.4mm
    Signed: Case, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by original Jaeger LeCoultre fitted box, Certificate of Guarantee and product literature

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1931, Jaeger-Lecoultre’s Reverso wristwatch was designed for Polo players who found their watches were often damaged during a match. The model became one of the most beloved rectangular timepieces with it ingenious case design, which flips over thus protecting the crystal. The polo player could wear their wristwatch during chukkers without risk of damage. Since its launch, the Reverso has been produced in a number of variations, from simple time only to more complicated examples with perpetual calendar, tourbillon and minute repeaters. For the 80th anniversary of the Reverso, Jaeger LeCoultre introduced the “Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931”. Fitted with the in-house caliber 822, the case is only 7.2mm thin. Similar to the original Reverso, the reverse side of the watch features a solid caseback. The beautiful dark brown dial with its Art Deco flare is adorned with only the model name “Reverso” as a testimony to its iconic place in the history of horology.

    The present anniversary watch features a handmade strap created by Casa Fagliano, the Argentinian producer of high-end polo boots. The strap, made with fine cordovan leather from Horwein, was offered only in a limited edition of 100 timepieces. The dial takes on a vintage feel with its beige-colored luminous hands and markers. A lovely and versatile addition for any collection combining timeless aesthetics and an outstanding historical pedigree.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1833

    Not all companies in the watchmaking field have been able to stand the test of time quite like Jaeger LeCoultre, also known as the "watchmaker's watchmaker." Founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and originally named LeCoutre, the firm provided watchmaking's top brands, such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Audemars Piguet, the high-grade, unfinished mechanical movements with which they completed their watches.

    In the early 1900s, Cartier's watch supplier Edmond Jaeger sought out LeCoultre's help in creating the world's thinnest watches. The collaboration resulted in the creation of Cartier's earliest Tank and Santos watches, all housed with LeCoultre movements. The duo decided to merge in 1937, and the firm officially became the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand by which collectors know and adore it today. Some of the firm's most significant and important timepieces include the Reverso, the Memovox, the Atmos clock and, among modern watches, their Master Complications.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 277.8.62
A highly attractive limited edition stainless steel reverso wristwatch with dark brown dial and original handmade cordovan leather strap

46.8 X 27.4mm
Case, movement and buckle signed

CHF2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for CHF6,250

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Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016