Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


Watch buyers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and discerning. They no longer just want a well-made, handsome watch. They want exclusivity and the ability to customize a watch to their tastes, and that is why the Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso program was born. Unveiled last year as part of the Reverso’s 85th anniversary, the Atelier Reverso program allows watch lovers to customize their Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso with dozens of dial and strap options. According to Jaeger-LeCoultre, a staggering 5277 combinations are possible. Well, there are going to be a couple more because the brand has just announced three new dial options for the men’s Reverso Classic Duo Small Second watch.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


As you can see, the three new dial options are Electric Blue, Military Marble, and Tiger’s Eye. But before we talk more about the new dial options let’s recap the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second watch. It comes in a stainless steel case and measures 47mm by 28.3mm and is 10.3mm thick, which means it is quite modestly sized. It has two faces – hence the Duo name – driven by a single movement, allowing it to display time in two time zones. Water-resistance is 30 meters.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


The movement within is the hand-wound JLC Calibre 854A/2, which is a fairly simple movement that beats at 3Hz and is made out of 160 parts with 19 jewels. Power reserve is a standard-range 40 hours.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second watch comes with two dials that the wearer can flip between with the watch still on the wrist (in case you are unfamiliar with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso concept). The main watch dial is in silver and features a vertical brushed finish and a hand guilloche center with a small seconds indicator at 6 o’clock. The hands are blued for an added touch of elegance. All in all, like most other Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches, the main dial of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second oozes lots of Art Deco cool and elegance.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


If you flip the case around, you will be greeted by the second Travel Time dial. On the regular Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second watch, this dial features Clous de Paris engraving and a handy day/night indicator. But now, there are three new dial options featuring exotic stones. Let’s get into these three new dial options right now.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


The three new dial options are, again, Electric Blue, Military Marble, and Tiger’s Eye. Electric Blue features a striking matte blue register atop blue Clous de Paris markings on the dial. Military Marble consists of a matte green register surrounded by a unique-looking green marble. And finally, Tiger’s Eye features a reddish brown register in the center of the dial surrounded by Tiger’s Eye stone, which has distinctive alternating bands of various shades of brown and gold. And if you want, Jaeger-LeCoultre also offers matching straps to go with these three new dials.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


I have always liked Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watches with two faces, and I think these three new dial options will be popular amongst Reverso fans who want something a little out of the ordinary. Personally, I’m quite fond of dials made out of exotic stones as I find them to look much more interesting and dynamic. Of the trio, the Electric Blue dial doesn’t really do much for me, and I’m more intrigued by the Military Marble and Tiger’s Eye dial options. Military Marble is definitely something unusual and could be interesting in the flesh. On the other hand, Tiger’s Eye is a wonderfully striking stone and I think it would make for a visually arresting watch dial.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second Watches Watch Releases


Prices of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Atelier Reverso Classic Large Duo Small Second watch begin at $8,400 and will vary depending on your dial and strap choice. jaeger-lecoultre.com

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch


Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases


I still vividly remember the first time I read about the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 – it was in a watch magazine in my hotel room in Taipei while on a work trip. And I thought to myself, what horological sorcery is this? Using magnets and balls to tell time? But that is exactly the kind of work and the kind of watch that independent watchmaker Christophe Claret is all about – watches that are innovative, technically impressive, and designed to evoke watch-lust. For 2017, Christophe Claret is revisiting the X-TREM-1 and is giving enthusiasts a new version of this creatively designed watch called the X-TREM-1 StingHD.


Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases


The new Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD was designed in collaboration with StingHD, a New York-based jewelry and accessories company known for making men’s bracelets with exotic leathers like stingray and python. They are also apparently known for their use of the skull motif. The watch keeps the key components that made the original X-TRME-1 so special. There’s an inclined flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which also displays the running seconds, and the retrograde hour and minutes displays are still shown using a series of belts, magnets, and two small steel balls. What has changed, however, are the overall aesthetics of the watch.


Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases


The Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD comes in a PVD-treated Grade 5 titanium case that measures 40.8mm across, 56.8mm tall, and rated water-resistant to 30m. Across the large sapphire crystal that covers much of the face of the watch is the brand’s name emblazoned in bright red. On the sides of the case, the hour and minute indicators are inscribed with red lacquer and feature red Super-LumiNova lines underneath to provide some nighttime legibility.


Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases


The two sapphire crystal tubes for the metal spheres displaying the time are held in place by stainless steel rings – also given a black PVD treatment. Continuing this all-black theme are the hollowed, also PVD-treated metal spheres within the two sapphire tubes.

To match the case, the watch comes with a black stingray strap with red stitching. Owners will also get to personalize an additional strap. But that’s not all, in addition to the two straps, they will get another complimentary handcrafted bracelet that features a black diamond encrusted skull with ruby eyes. The straps and the handcrafted bracelet were both designed by StingHD.


Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases


The skull treatment doesn’t end there. Look closely and you will see that the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock has a new tourbillon cage that has been conceived by StingHD. The tourbillon cage has been redesigned to incorporate a black chrome-plated aluminum skull that is a signature of the brand’s jewelry. And as if that weren’t enough, the skull even features rubies for its eyes, which makes it look even more menacing. And around the periphery of the tourbillon is signed StingHD.


Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases


The movement within is Christophe Claret’s FLY11 caliber. It is a hand-wound movement that features over 432 components and uses two barrels, one for the movement gear train, and the other for the time indications. To match the rest of the watch, the movement in the X-TREM-1 StingHD has been given a matching black PVD finish. And considering the complexity of the movement, the power reserve is pretty decent at 50 hours.

But that’s not all – the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD has yet another a trick up its sleeve. While the front-facing sapphire crystal gives owners unrestricted view of the movement within, breathing hot air onto it will cause a white skull to reveal itself. It is pretty gimmicky, but nonetheless, a very cool and playful feature that I’m sure owners will have lots of fun with.


Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases


Clearly, because of the unique aesthetics of the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD, this watch is not for everyone. But if you like a) black watches, b) skulls, c) something edgy, or d) all of the above, then this watch may be for you. Personally, I like it when watchmakers exhibit a sense of fun and humor, and this watch is certainly has a bit of a mischievous quality about it. The Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD is limited to just 8 pieces with a price of 278,000 CHF each. christopheclaret.com