Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon
Introduced at SIHH in 2016, the Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon is the second Gyrotourbillon watch in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso family. Where 2008's Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 was an oversized watch with a technical look, the Tribute Gyrotourbillon is slim and understated. Although still partially skeletonized, the Tribute Gyrotourbillon has more of a classic Reverso look, with the ornate "Métiers Rares" engraving visible only close-up.
The face of the watch shows the time (hour and minutes) with a large aperture below for the 60-second tourbillon to show the seconds. A day/night indicator disc is placed behind the dial between 9 and 11 and a balance wheel is placed opposite between 1 and 3. The reverse side of the watch is also transparent and more skeletonized, with time display in the center and second time zone shown on a disc behind the dial between 1 and 3.
The new Cal. 179 is greatly simplified from previous Gyrotourbillon watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre, with just 385 components despite the complication of a second time zone and day/night indicator display. The outer tourbillon cage rotates every 60 seconds, but the inner case turns every 12.6 seconds. The most arresting feature of this new tourbillon is the hemispherical hairspring, a remarkable innovation both technically and visually.
The Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon case measures 31 mm by 51.1 mm and is 12.4 mm thick.
The Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon was priced at €270,000 (US$300,000), about $50,000 less than its predecessor, the Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2.
The Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon was released 85 years after the first Reverso. Like the 60ème and 70ème before it, the Tribute Gyrotourbillon marked a refresh to the entire Reverso line as well as a historic anniversary.