The 60 second watch review…because time is valuable

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute To 1931 (Stainless Steel)

The Reverso is perhaps Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most recognisable watch, with few changes to its classic art deco styling since the original release. This particular Reverso is a faithful modernisation of the original, which was first designed in 1931.

The story of the Reverso is told in detail elsewhere and certainly takes longer than sixty seconds. But to think that the Reverso came about as a solution, a beautifully over-engineered solution I might add, to watches broken during Polo matches is just fascinating, bordering on ludicrous. This all just adds to the provenance, drama and attraction of the Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute To 1931.

To see the watch and admire it is one thing, but to live with it is another. Everything about the Reverso TT 1931 is classic and stylish. At 46mm tall, by 27.5mm wide, by only 7.2mm thick, its proportions are perfectly balanced. Its slimness adds, rather than detracts, from its wrist presence. In fact, it has presence in abundance, without being overpowering, making this a watch suitable for many occasions.

The simple, time only, display is powered by a hand wound manufacture movement (calibre 822). I love the uncluttered look of the dial. The absence of branding on the dial is a brave move by Jaeger-LeCoultre, but one which really works. The blank reverse side is beautiful in its own right, but also provides an opportunity for personalisation by the owner.

It would be easy to overlook the buckle, but as its ergonomic design wonderfully mimics the slim profile of the watch, it would be a shame not to mention it. This watch is one of the most comfortable I have ever worn.

This watch is simply stunning. Or is that simple and stunning? Either way, it really is a joy to wear. For £5,350 (RRP) you get a current and future classic. There are even some starting to appear on the second hand market at very reasonable prices. 

There was a lot of hype about this watch when it was released in 2011. Never before has such hype been so justified.