in the 2000's with a series in platinum, but with the advent of XGT cases and the Antoine LeCoultre in platinum, it was never completed.
The Reverso Platinum Number One (skeleton), in 2001, the Reverso Platinum Number Two (tourbillon w/power reserve) in 2003, were the only 2 pieces "officially" part of the series. A 2nd Skeleton (highlighted in the book "The Grande Maison") COULD HAVE continued the series, but the public was already onto the larger case and the benefits it offered.
With the Septentieme came the new, XGT case, and a bunch of GREAT complications came as a result of it. Personally, I REALLY like the 8-day power reserve, and would love to see it in a slimmer case (though I have NO HESITATION) wearing the Grande GMT, which is a personal favorite. However, a thin 8-day with minor complication (pointer date?) might be nice.
Agreed on The fact that it is a pity that JLC didn't follow the platinum Reverso Saga...
But many other exciting watches were born!
in platinum and with the skeleton number 1, and I held out hope for a skeleton series, but somewhere along the line, the Manufacture shifted into other innovations, watch cases, and movements, and to great effect. Within a year or two of letting go of the platinum series, the Gyro 1 was out. Hence, resources went in new and more technically difficult directions.
I have an even greater appreciation for the brand, but mostly for the extraordinary JLC´s watchmakers
Thank´s for sharing
to say that for a retired gent, Mr. Golay looks and is very spritely! Must be that healthy mountain living....
of my own...
Always nice to remember the past as we charge headlong into the future.
Cheers, my friend.
I chanced upon this article while in the search for something else. I wasn't around to read this article when it was first published but I can say articles like this are exactly why the PuristPro forum and it's community of members and moderators is the very best on the web. Thank you so much for the incredible article, 219, and look forward to many more to come.
It is incredible (but not a surprise) to see the likes of Christian Laurent (Laurent Ferrier) and Eric Coudray (Cabestan) working for JLC... no wonder the end result was so impressive. I wish I knew who the current superstars-in-hiding are at JLC who might emerge to start their own independent brand in the years to come.