A fine, unusual and attractive limited-edition reversible tourbillon platinum wristwatch of the famous Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, founded in 1833. Limited edition launched in 2003. Reverso Grand Taille case in 950 platinum, 42.2 x 26mm, 9.3mm thick, 18k white gold crown, sapphire caseback. Ruthenium grey and silvered dial, blued steel hands, hour marker numerals pad-printed with silver powder. Caliber 848, hand-wound, mainplate and bridges in 18k white gold, power reserve up to 45 hours. Functions – hours, minutes, tourbillon, small seconds hand on tourbillon shaft, power reserve indicator. Jaeger-LeCoultre black leather strap, platinum Jaeger-LeCoultre double folding clasp. Limited edition of 500 pieces. Alternative Jaeger-LeCoultre reference: Q2176440.
Two Reverso Platinum limited editions, launched in the early 2000s – Reverso Platinum Number One of 2002 and the present Reverso Platinum Number Two of 2003 – were presented by the brand as a continuation of the series of 18k rose gold Reverso limited editions in Grand Taille cases, which were produced from 1991 to 2000. The Reverso Platinum Number Two in 950 platinum was in fact a reissue of the 1993 rose gold Reverso Tourbillon. The Reverso Platinum Number Two is powered by the manual-wound caliber 848, developed as a modified version of caliber 828 of the Reverso Tourbillon of 1993, the first ever tourbillon wristwatch in a reversible case. Both calibers feature the characteristic tourbillon bridge shape, inspired by the bridge of the historical Jaeger-LeCoultre pocket watch caliber 170. It was the first tourbillon of the brand, developed in 1946 for use in observatory chronometers – it won the observatory chronometry trials four times, in 1948, 1952, 1953, and 1954.
The Reverso Platinum Number Two is powered by the manual-wound caliber 848, developed as a modified version of caliber 828 of the Reverso Tourbillon of 1993, the first ever tourbillon wristwatch in a reversible case.
Caliber 848 is finished to a high standard with hand decoration of all parts, including chamfering and polishing, mirror polishing of the steel bridges on the movement rear side, and heat-blued screws. The mainplate and bridges are made of 18k white gold – an extremely rare feature for a watch, making it a more attractive collectible. The solid-gold bridges are hand finished in a côtes soleillées pattern radiating out from the centre of the tourbillon. On the whole, the caliber, opened through the sapphire window of the caseback, leaves an extremely pleasant impression. Among its indisputable advantages are its harmonious classic design, symmetrical layout, easily recognisable design features like the historical shape of the tourbillon bridge, and the similarly shaped central wheel bridge.
The present lot features a platinum branded reversible case and a platinum double folding clasp that significantly increase the perceived value of the watch and underscore the aesthetic character of this model, with its traditionally finished movement in 18k white gold, and a filigree tourbillon in constant rotation. Despite the complexity of the caliber, the watch is remarkably thin at no more than 9.3mm. It’s a rare feature of a complicated mechanical watch, making it an excellent daily companion flawlessly combined with formal wear.
Reasons to bid
The Reverso Platinum Number Two Ref. 270.6.48 would be a fine purchase for a collector, who will receive a beautiful, unusual and attractive limited-edition tourbillon complication wristwatch from a world-famous traditional watch brand, the only long-term master of haute horlogerie reversible watches. The combination of the rare platinum Reverso case of a recognisable and unique design, developed by the brand in 1931, exquisite caliber finishing with the rarest 18k white gold execution, and a tourbillon open on the rear side, undoubtedly adds to the appeal of this lot.