Watches: Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 1931 Chocolate

By Thierry Ané on December 10, 2013

A few brands have already unveiled a timepiece of their 2014 collection and this week, Jaeger-LeCoultre gives in to this exercise in style with a new member of the Reverso family: the Grande Reverso 1931 Chocolate. As with the Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge in 2012, the brand draws its inspiration from a historical model for the chocolate colour of this watch’s dial.

This new model features the same case size as its red predecessor: a 46.00 x 27.50 mm rectangle with a thickness of only 7.23 mm. Instead of steel, however, the brand chose a rich pink gold that is in perfect harmony with the chocolate dial.

Powered by the mechanical and manually-wound JLC 822/2 calibre, this timepiece offers a 45-hour power reserve to indicate the central hours and minutes and the small seconds at 6 o’clock.

Secured by a pink gold pin buckle, this timepiece comes with two straps. Although the first is a “classic” matte brown alligator, the second strap is much more original. It is a hand-stitched chocolate Cordovan leather strap made by Casa Fagliano. This Argentinean leather goods company is famous for its polo gears (in particular, the boots made of the same Cordovan leather as the watch strap).

This strap is absolutely beautiful. My only problem is that Jaeger-LeCoultre already used this type of cordovan leather for a limited edition produced in 2012 named the Grande Reverso 1931 Casa Fagliano. Many watch lovers may have purchased one of these 100 pieces thinking that had acquired something original and unique. Well, the “Grande Maison” does not seem to see it this way…

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