Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

In the 1930s, when British officers in the Indian Army who calmed their martial armour at polo ordered from the famous Swiss factory Jaeger-LeCoultre a watch capable of withstanding the rigours of the sport, little did they realise they would cause one of the greatest horological phenomena of the century.

In order to meet their rough-riding requirements, Jacques-David LeCoultre and Edmond Jaeger entrusted the best stylist of the period the Parisian engineer Rene-Alfred Chauvot, with the task of creating a case capable of protecting a delicate watch movement under all circumstances.

On March 4, 1931, the Reverso was born when the latter registered a patent describing in detail guide grooves, pivoting stops, ratchet mechanisms for a stainless steel case capable of cushioning from its base and turning completely over.

The Reverso has the longest existing design in the entire watchmaking industry. And since its inception 60 years ago, no one has been able to replicate the Reverso's unique design.

Beneath its transparent sapphire base can be seen the fascinating spectacle of a complication movement in gold comprising 193 pieces handcrafted by the elite of the master watchmakers of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

The traditional screw balance, which oscillates 18,000 times an hour, is driven by delicate wheels, all of which is assembled using flame-blue steel screws.

Its face, in solid silver, with its guilloche pattern machined in the traditional way, faithfully reproduces the original Art Deco style. The hands are in blued steel and the date is in gold.

The 193 pieces of the movement are at the same time individual tiny "jewels" cut from gold and stainless steel and united in a barrel caliber, and all entirely hand-decorated. This mechanical hand-wound movement shows the hours, minutes, seconds, the date and the power reserve.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Timeless prestige: the Jaguar chronograph watch

For timepiece lovers, Jaguar Watch offers the Le Mans '88 and XK chronograph watches, which can be worn with pride and elegance. The Jaguar chronograph watches are the result of the marrying of outstanding craftsmanship with Jaguar's sleek movements and are made of the noblest of materials that make their creations highly personalised possessions.

Totally handcrafted by Swiss master watchmakers, the Jaguar chronograph watches are designed after the classic and distinctive styling, precision performance which is the Jaguar spirit.

The most sought after Jaguar chronograph is the Le Mans '88. Produced in a numbered limited edition of just 300 pieces, the hand-crafted Le Mans '88 enjoyed a phenomenal success when it was presented in 1988.

Jaguar Watch also offers a chance to recapture the spirit of the fifties with a symbol of savoir-faire and aesthetic purity: the XK chronograph watch. This limited edition XK chronograph watch offers the honour and prestige in the eyes of Jaguar's admirers.

Made of the finest materials - non-scratch sapphire glass, solid 18k gold, the highest quality of supple leather and wood inlay, it also features a tachymeter and rapid date-adjust. Its automatic movements are specially customised with three dials that chronograph the seconds, minutes and hours.

The dial of marble-like enamel is protected by a scratch-proof sapphire crystal while the activating push-buttons are in-laid with colour matching stones to match the colour of the dial and strap. The watch buckle is an unusual concealed gold clasp with a double catch.

Water-resistant to a depth of 30 metres, the XK chronograph watch is available in Regency red, British racing green or Westminster blue in solid 18k gold, and, in gold and steel. The distinguishing feature of a Jaguar watch is the inlay of fine-grain bur-walnut that frame the case of the watch and strap.

The solid 18k gold Jaguar chronograph watches are presented in hand-crafted cases of polished fine-grain walnut.

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