Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Géographique
In 1991, Jaeger-LeCoultre re-established itself as a high-end watchmaker, adding a complication to the iconic Reverso range as a signature piece. The resulting Reverso 60eme showed what could be done in the tiny reversible Reverso case, adding a power reserve indicator and date by pointer to a larger “Grande Taille” case with a display caseback. These elements were taken to a new level with the Reverso Tourbillon, Reverso Répétition Minutes, and Reverso Chronographe Rétrograde that followed.
The Reverso Duoface model, introduced in 1994, presented a natural use for the reverse face of the Reverso model The back could display the time in a second timezone that could easily be flipped with “home time” on the front. The Reverso Géographique, which debuted in 1998, took this complication to the next level, using airport codes to select the “away” time. In this way, the Reverso Géographique is almost a world timer, though many would argue that it is simply a GMT watch. Jaeger-LeCoultre would introduce other Géographique (or Geographic) models in later years, including the Master Géographique, Diving Pro Géographique, and Master Compressor Géographique.
The front or “home” dial displays the time with small seconds as well as a painted day/night indicator at 12 00. The dial is guilloche, as typical of Reverso models, with Arabic numerals from 1-5 and 7-11, and “Night and Day” and “Reverso” above the central complications. The back “away” dial shows local hour and minutes centrally with GMT plus/minus and Day/Night indicators inside the full Arabic numeral chapter ring. Below this is a “Géographique” selector with three-letter airport codes on each side, 12 hours apart. An inset pusher above the crown selects home location while a rectangular button below selects local time.
Although not up to the haute horology standards of previous Reverso Complications models, this watch is nevertheless a forerunner of the Hybris Mechanica line thanks to its custom complicated movement. The next offering in the series came in 2000, the Reverso Quantième Calendrier Perpétuel.
- Case number 270.2.58 (Limited to 500 pieces)
- Pink gold case
- Dimensions 42 mm x 26 mm
- Crystal caseback
- Guilloche silver dial
- Arabic numerals
- Blued steel hands on front dial
- Gold hands with lume on back dial
- Hours, minutes
- Small seconds at 6 00
- Day/night indicator at 12 00
- GMT time at center with GMT and day/night indicator inset
- Second timezone selector below
- Crown side
- Home time selector above the crown
- Local time button below the crown