The Watches and Wonders event this year has had a lot of different manufacturers reveal brand new watches, from different dial variations to brand new watches. However, none of them were as special as what Jaeger-LeCoultre had unveiled, which is the world’s first watch with four faces, each with their own functions in their classic reverso style.
I will go through each of those four faces and what features are available on each side as not one of these features should be overlooked. There are a total of 11 complications on the watch spread apart on the watch and its four faces, and comes paired with a blue alligator leather strap. The first face of the watch shows the time, has an instantaneous perpetual calendar with a leap year indication, a day and night indicator and also the flying tourbillon.
The second face of the watch once the wearer changes the side of the watch will be greeted with a minute repeater as well as a digital hour time display. The minute repeater features a chime which rings on the hours, quarter hours and minutes when the user of the of the watch activates the function. This is the first watch from JLC where the delay in between the chimes have been completely eliminated, a goal they were aiming to achieve for a very long time.
The third face arguably has one of the more complicated features to understand but also is one of the more unique features of this watch. The third dial of the watch shows the moon in three different cycles which are the Synodic cycle, the Draconic cycle and the Anomalistic cycle. The Synodic cycle simply shows the amount of time from one New Moon to the next one. The Draconic cycle tracks the path of the moon, so that the display can be used to track the occurrence of solar and lunar eclipses. Lastly, the Anomalistic cycle displays the varying distance between the Earth and the Moon.
The final face of the watch, which is also the caseback of this watch displays the Moon as seen from the Southern Hemisphere. All four faces have features that most watches would only attempt to display one of them, however JLC has put them all in one watch powered by a singular movement, which even though it is powering all of these functions has an impressive 50 hour power reserve. This justifies that enormous price tag and the limited number of pieces that are available to purchase. The box of the watch itself is worth mentioning as it is equipped with a two-setting crown. Once the watch is set in the frame the crown on the box itself can be used to set how many days have passed since you last wore the watch, and then once that crown is pulled it sets the adjustment on all the functions of the watch to be displaying the correct time and days as well as the astronomical functions.
The watch is only limited to 10 pieces worldwide and is priced at €1.35 million, for any normal person this watch is definitely unattainable. The chances of seeing this watch in person is also astronomically low. The Watches and Wonders 2021 event has been flooded with a lot of manufacturers showcasing watches that have maybe a different dial design and so forth. JLC have definitely stood out the most and hopefully it sets the standard for all future events as to what watch manufacturers should attempt to be releasing or showcasing in these events.