Jaeger-LeCoultre 1991: Reverso 60th Anniversary “60ème”

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In 1991 Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated the 60 years anniversary of the Reverso with the release of the 60ème – the first Reverso with complications other than time.

This watch was the start of a series of Limited Editions Pink Gold Reverso with complications.

And what a start!

Pink gold, new Grande Taille case, hand engraved solid silver dial and heated blue hands…

The bold move of include complications into the Reverso in 1991, while recovering from the Quartz dominated era paid off!

As mentioned – this is the first of six different pink gold Reverso with complications.

The 60ème offers a retrograde 45h power reserve and a pointer date (the pointer date hand is hidden by the minute hand in my photos).

The asymmetric dial layout takes some time to get used to… But once your eyes are, you will start to notice all the beautiful details!

The superb Guilloché engraving of the dial, the slightly rounded profile of the heated blue hands…

By combining the T.W.O areas of the power reserve and the pointer date creates a very unusual asymmetric shape, a more quirky and playful approach which is not often seen in Haute Horology…

The double number “13” in the pointer date scale enhance this feeling! It is almost as if Jaeger-LeCoultre have a special relationship with the number “13”! If you missed my “Lucky 13” post.

Another first on the 60ème is the use of “open” case back – sapphire crystal on both sides offers you to admire the beauty of the Calibre 824 up close.

The shaped movement, the big rubies and the heated blue screws… The bridge layout, the display of the balance wheel and gear train… The Geneva bar decoration!

One can only applaud the bold move by Jaeger-LeCoultre to release such playful yet serious mechanical piece in the aftermath of the Quartz era!

A BIG thank you to Jaeger-LeCoultre for letting me study this important piece in the Reverso history!

If you like to read about more Reverso history – Jaeger-LeCoultre: Three Reverso Milestones

Stay tuned as we will look further at the different complicated Reverso which followed the 60ème!