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    • Circa 1996

    • 26 mm width x 42 mm length

    • Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre
    Year: Circa 1996
    Reference No: 270.2.69
    Movement No: 2'770'024
    Case No: 035/500
    Model Name: Reverso Chronographe Retrograde
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 829, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Jaeger-LeCoultre deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 26 mm width x 42 mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank guarantee stamped Cellini Jewellers New York, Certificate of Authentication signed by H.J. Belmont, instruction manual, blank hangtag, fitted presentation box and outer packaging. Further delivered with an Extract from the Archives confirming that the present timepiece is numbered 35 of a limited edition of 150 pieces and that its production in 1996.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Much coveted by both male and female collectors, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is an icon which celebrated its 60th anniversary by launching a limited series of six models between 1991 and 2000. Each embodying one of the great classical complications, these timepieces were also presented in larger case sizes and a sapphire caseback which invite their wearer to admire the mechanical marvel within. As the 21st century advances, the Reverso continues to be a showcase for the firm’s constant quest for technical ingenuity.

    The present Reverso Chronographe Retrograde is an exquisite example of this limited series. At first glance, this is a classic Reverso with a two-handed time display and a date window at 6 o’clock. However, once the case is reversed, the caseback exposes its a semi-skeletonised dial, fully dedicated to the chronograph. While the main dial shows the seconds, the semi-circle scale at 6’oclock is a retrograde style 30 seconds counter. The naked caseback allows the beholder to admire the entirety of the chronographic clockwork, especially how the pushers engage the column wheel. An ingenious device is present on the main dial: an indication of whether the chronograph is running or not. This feature enables the user to start and stop the chronograph "on the go", without reverting to the chronograph dial.

    Presented in excellent overall condition, the present Reverso Chronographe Retrograde in pink gold is a true collector’s piece for Jaeger-LeCoultre enthusiasts, complete with its original accessories.

  • Artist Biography

    Jaeger-LeCoultre

    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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Ref. 270.2.69
A fine and very rare limited edition pink gold dual-dial rectangular-shaped reversible chronograph wristwatch with date, retrograde style chronograph minutes, guarantee and presentation box, numbered 35 of a limited edition of 500 pieces

Circa 1996
26 mm width x 42 mm length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 240,000 
€15,300-30,500
$15,400-30,800

Sold for HK$378,000

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