Time is valuable for the noble; it draws a journey, writes memories and creates a timeline for one’s life. And a gentleman definitely treasures time, whether at home or practicing his hobbies. One of our favorite watchmakers that creates such timeless stories is Jaeger-LeCoultre, and discovering the brand’s latest novelties has been a delight.
True to the MrPing fashion, and reconnecting the Reverso -several models of which are being launched right now- to its roots in the sport of polo, we experienced the timepieces ‘in action’ through a day out on the polo field at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Polo, once called the sport of kings, is an ideal context to live JLC’s new watches. And we tell you, those exude as much relaxed elegance as they boast the sophistication of modern urban living.
The expansive green polo lawns of the Andalusian-inspired 5-star luxury boutique urban resort framed our “coup de foudre” timepiece perfectly. The Reverso Tribute Small Seconds in Green recalls the early use of color that distinguished the Reverso; its rich green sunray-brushed lacquer dial and matching leather strap echo the deep green shades of pine forests that surround La Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux. Its calf leather strap, created by world-famous Argentinian polo boots maker Casa Fagliano, shines through in the same green as the dial, in a unified aesthetic look that highlights the timelessness of the Reverso design and keeps with the relaxed modernity of the Tribute collection.
Since we’re crushing on colored Reversos, how about the Reverso Tribute Duoface Fagliano, the special Tribute edition in burgundy red? Unveiled on the eve of the Reverso’s 90th anniversary, this limited edition with a burgundy-red dial and pink gold case pays homage to a design of rare longevity. A bridge between the dual-time zone complication of the Duoface and the purified aesthetic of the Tribute collection, the new timepiece’s original strap is also specially designed and hand-crafted by Casa Fagliano. Thanks to the hand-wound Calibre 854A/2, the Duoface offers two contrasting dials, each displaying a different time zone. To maintain the perfect integrity of the case design, the second time zone is adjusted by a small slider set into the top case-band and completely invisible except when the case is released from the carriage to be flipped over. Both dial treatments are balanced by the warm tones of the pink gold case which, in turn, is complemented by the two-tone strap.
As much as we love Reversos, we also couldn’t help being awed by the new Master Control collection. Inspired by the past and redesigned in the confident spirit of the 21st century, it brings together the Manufacture’s creativity and vast know-how. Destined to become a point of reference in contemporary watchmaking, one model strikes us in particular: the Master Control Geographic. A unique interpretation of the travel watch which indicates the hour of a second time zone, the Geographic also has a 24-hour night/day indicator and displays the city name relating to the zone. The now-entirely sunray-brushed dial adheres to the familiar Geographic layout, with time-zone displays balanced by a date subdial and a power reserve indicator.
SS21 RED Valentino
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Photography: Jean GHALO & Friends
Styling: Audrey B
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