I couldn't resist to the pleasure to share with you some pictures of 2 of the most beautiful Reversos:
- The Perpetual Calendar, which was the last of the Rose Gold Limited Editon Reverso Saga, released in year 2 000.
- The Géographique, released just before the Perpetual Calendar, in year 1998.
While these complications were also used on round watches ( Master Perpetual Calendar and Master Géographique ), and even if these 2 Master were ( and still are ) very appealing watches, these 2 Reversos were a step above, in terms of finish and aesthetics.
They both share a GT case ( 42, 25 x 26 mm ), the number of pieces made ( 500 ), and a precious appeal, not to say a fatal attraction.
Now that you're warned, let's face the ravaging aesthetical shock:
1/ The RG Perpetual Calendar:
One of the most legible and elegant Perpetual Calendar I know.
The dial are perfectly balanced, complete, and well finished.
The Perpetual Calendar is not only nice, it is also complete, as you have:
- The Day,
- The Date,
- The Month,
- The Moonphase,
The Leap year.
For those who would think that the Day Night indicator is too much on a perpetual calendar, they have to keep in mind that on such a complication, there is a " danger zone ", between 9 PM and 3 PM.
If you set the date at this moment, you may ruin the movement.
So to avoid it, JLC included this Day Night indication, to be sure that you set the date at the right moment.
The Cal 855 offers another refinement...:
It also offers a retrograde ( ! ) date.
If you think about it, the Reverso is an ideal watch for a perpetual calendar.
Its 2 faces allows you to not ...perpetually see the perpetual calendar, so that you can enjoy it only when you want, by choosing the verso side.
Dedicating the perpetual calendar to the verso dial is also a way to insure a perfect legibility.
The symmetry and the balance are great, even ..harmonious, and the finish oustanding.
You will certainly appreciate the different guillochés on this dial, and the care in the realization of this watch.
2/ The RG Géographique:
Among the 6 special RG Reversos, the Géographique is certainly the most friendly one.
As for the Reverso Perpetual Calendar, the Géographique offers 2 faces.
One, classic and sober, very elegant, beautifully finished, with a superb balance of the informations displayed, which provides the hour, the minutes, the small seconds, and the day / night indicator which gives life and nicely contrasts with the silver dial.
The 2 different guillochages, and the heated blue hands complete the feeling of high finish of this watch.
The other side offers a totally different face...And an invitation to Travel.
There is something special about this dial, a blend of strength, given by this black color, of symmetry, as all the informations are nicely balanced, and of Elegance, if you pay attention to the sunburst guilloché, on the second time zone hour, which contrasts with the vertical guilloché all around ( even if on my pictures, it is difficult to notice, but in real, it is sublime ) .
How does it work?
The Caliber 858 offers to this watch a simple, intuitive and friendy use of the Géographique Complication.
The pusher and the corrector only work on the verso black dial, and are used to set the Géographique complication.
With the corrector, you can set the hour of the 2d time zone, while you'll have to use the pusher to synchronize the 2d time zone with the time on the chosen city.
So, first choose your city with the pusher, then set the time displayed on the round dial by using the corrector, and all will be synchronized.
To get it well, the pictures posted under show that it is 10. 10 PM in Paris, as the day night indicator shows " night ", and 10.10 AM in the Samoa, as the GMT indicator says " - "
As for the Perpetual Calendar, I appreciate a lot the possibility to have a look at the complication ONLY when I want to do so, and to not have it permanently under the eyes.
One side for everyday, another for the travels, isn't this a great idea?
Indeed, these 2 Rose Gold Reversos are pure Gold Dream!
Hoping that you will enjoy this post and share your views on these marvels...
Nicolas. This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-10-04 00:14:29 This message has been edited by amanico on 2011-10-08 02:54:49