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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/jaeger-lecoultre/ The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille may be the perfect watch. The size is idea; the proportions are classic; the shape is iconic. At 42mm lug-to-lug, this stainless steel Reverso Grande Taille is a no-excuses immortal that stands alongside Helvetic heavyweights like the Patek Philippe Calatrava 5196 and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202ST "Jumbo." Add a rare stainless steel "beaded rice" bracelet to the Grande Taille Reverso, and the combination will impress even the most jaded denizens of collector circles. Since 1931, the Reverso has captivated watch enthusiasts of all stripes. Designed as a reversible sports watch that could shield its glass crystal from polo mallets, the Reverso caught the eyes of soldiers, gentlemen, ladies, and VIPS of all stripes. The Reverso's potent combination of "golden ratio" case aspect ratio and striking Art Deco details ensured enduring appeal long after more specialized sports watches and acrylic crystals emerged. Even in the earliest days of production, the Reverso's potential for case back personalization made it a favorite among clients who desired bespoke details. Enameled, lacquered, and - most frequently - engraved personalized inscriptions adorn countless Reversos, but this example available from thewatchbox.com remains tabula rasa for the imagination of its next owner. The Reverso story is central to the formation of Jaeger-LeCoultre itself. Conceived in 1931 when its parent was doing business as LeCoultre & Cie., the Reverso was a collaborative effort between LeCoultre and its Parisian subsidiary, Jaeger. The latter subcontracted design and construction of the first cases, and a Tavannes movement was purchased for the first examples while LeCoultre raced to develop a suitable rectangular movement. LeCoultre and Jaeger formed a joint firm to distribute the new watch, and in 1937, that company launched as Jaeger-LeCoultre. More than an icon of its parent brand, the Reverso was central to the origin of the brand itself. Today's Reverso Grande Taille is more refined than the seminal 1931 edition, but the thoroughbred pedigree is self evident. This example features an unusual refinement for a Reverso: a full bracelet. The seven-link design is remarkably fluid and supple on the wrist; its quality is ensured by in-house design and fabrication by JLC. Beautifully finished in high-polished steel, the Grande Taille bracelet endows the Reverso with the appearance of a seamless silver band. Normally featured on a delicate leather strap, the Reverso's wrist presence is transformed by the bracelet's premium luster. This bracelet-strapped Grande Taille visually reads as far larger than its nominal 42mm lug-to-lug and 26mm width. But the compact 9.5mm thick case is as flat and elegant as any Big Band-Era predecessor. And unlike those early Reversos, this one is constructed entirely in-house; case, bracelet, clasp, and caliber are engineers and fabricated by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The "Grande Maison's" reputation for movement design is second to none in Swiss horology. A custom shaped and sized Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 822 sits inside the 50-piece revolving Reverso case. Its 130+parts and 18 jewels ensure outstanding timekeeping and a 45 hour power reserve. Completely designed, fabricated, finished, and hand-assembled, it represents outstanding value and horological content. See this timeless timepiece, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso