This year perhaps more than ever before, collectors have been actively vying for some of the hottest watches on the market. This includes everything from the grail watches by the famous three to anniversary and special edition watches unveiled in limited numbers. At Jaeger-LeCoultre, several truly exceptional pieces were released this year that are guaranteed to go down in history when it comes to increasing in value. Here we take a look at three of the best-selling Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches of 2021 – the year that marked the 90th anniversary of this iconic watch.
In its workshops in the Vallée de Joux, Jaeger-LeCoultre regularly creates new stories with its complicated and artistic timepieces. Since 2021 was the 90th anniversary of the famed Reverso – the watch originally created in 1931 for polo players – the most memorable watches of the year are naturally in the Reverso collection.
Reverso Hybris Mechanica Caliber 185 Quadriptyque
It all started in April at the Watches & Wonders digital exhibition when the brand unveiled its history-making record-breaking $1.6 million Reverso Hybris Mechanica Caliber 185 Quadriptyque with four faces. Six years in the research and development stages, the new Caliber 185 movement of this watch houses 11 different complications, boasts 12 patents and is the most complicated Reverso the brand has ever built.
The Reverso Quadriptyque Caliber 185 is the world’s first wristwatch with four different faces thanks to a double-faced case and a double-faced cradle. The highly complicated 800-part Caliber 185 (made entirely in house) incorporates a tourbillon escapement (to compensate for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity on the watch), a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater and a complex celestial and astronomical system that offers three lunar displays (including the synodic cycle, draconic cycle and anomalistic cycle) on the interior face in the cradle that can predict supermoons and eclipses. Never before have these three lunar cycles been presented together on a wristwatch. It was a challenging feat that required 12 patents and takes about six months to assemble.
Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures
With the highest of all complications in its line up complete, Jaeger-LeCoultre then turned its attention to another of its forms of art: miniature painting and enameling. In its Atelier de Antoine at the workshops – located in the all-windowed top floor – master artisans work tirelessly to create all of the metiers d’arts the brand incorporates into its watches, from gem-setting, to guilloche work, engraving and enameling. The newest Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures series of watches pay tribute to the art of enameling and to some of the greatest painters of Modern Art.
Three limited-edition watches comprise this series, with each watch based on one of the works of Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh and Gustave Courbet. Each watch demonstrates the art of miniature painting, grand feu enamel and guilloche created on hand-turned century-old machines. They feature a guilloche dial in a shade of misty blue or green on one side and one of the master artworks on the reverse side. The three paintings reproduced on the dials each represent a different artistic style, including 19th century realism by Courbet, post-impressionism by Van Gogh and experimental expressiveness by Klimt. The works were selected by Jaeger-LeCoultre because they had been hidden from the world for years until they were discovered and authenticated. These watches promise to be treasured forever.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater
Celebrating its incredible prowess in the world of chiming watches, this year Jaeger-LeCoultre also unveiled the limited-edition Reverso Tribute Minute Repeater. The approximately $293,000 watch sold out almost immediately. The elaborate skeletonized Caliber 944 movement that powers this watch was developed and made entirely in house in the brand’s workshops in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The movement embraces a host of technological advancements created by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s master watchmakers, including patented “trebuchet” hammers, a silent regulator and new gongs. The manually wound movement also offers 35 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
The 18-karat pink gold watch boasts two dial sides thanks to the Reverso case concept that allows the wearer to pull the case from its cradle and turn it over to reveal the other side that can then slide back into the case holder with that side showing. The front dial of the Art-Deco inspired case is magnificently skeletonized so that the wearer can witness the minute repeater hammers in action when the sound is activated. Meanwhile, the reverse dial is more subdued and geometrically inspired.
Each of these special Reverso watches were on the best-selling list for 2021, and each is guaranteed to only go up in value and respect.