Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Répétition Minutes

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The Reverso Répétition Minutes was a limited-edition luxury watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced in 1994. It was an early complicated model in the Reverso range and one of the first series-produced minute repeater watches.

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Introduction

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 two years later with the Reverso Tourbillon.

The Reverso Répétition Minutes was the next step for the company, introduced in 1994. While the Reverso Tourbillon had an unremarkable front face, the Répétition Minutes features a cut-out between 4 and 6 on the dial showing the spinning governor of the repetition function. The name of the watch is inscribed above this round aperture. Unlike the Tourbillon, the Répétition Minutes lacks a seconds hand. Also unlike the Tourbillon and 60eme, the Répétition Minutes features a plain flat caseback with no window into the movement.

Issued as a limited edition of 500, the Répétition Minutes features a pink gold case in the Grande Taille size, 42 mm tall by 26 mm wide. The movement, Cal. 943, has two hammers and gongs to ring out the time. Retail price was $69,500.

This haute horology watch helped set the standard for the modern Jaeger-LeCoultre, linking it to the Hybris Mechanica line thanks to its custom complicated movement. It was also one of the first series-produced minute repeater wristwatches. In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre would produce a new Reverso minute repeater, the larger Répétition Minutes à Rideau.

Reference:

Case number 270.2.73 (Limited to 500 pieces)

Movement:

Manual winding manufacture movement JLC 943

Case:

Pink gold case
Dimensions: 42 mm x 26 mm
Sapphire crystal
Plain caseback

Dial:

Guilloche silver dial
Applied Arabic numerals
Blued steel hands

Functions:

Front
Hours, minutes
Repeater aperture at 5:00
Back
Blank
Opposite the crown
Repetition control slider

Production:

Produced: 1994
Predecessor: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tourbillon
Successor: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Chronographe Rétrograde, Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau