If the Grande Reverso Tribute to 1931 is the cleanest, most straightforward Reverso in Jaeger-LeCoultre's current lineup, the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin SQ might be the most ornate and detailed. The highly-decorated skeletonized movement is a thing of beauty, and Jaeger-LeCoultre has presented it in a more-than-worthy package. At last week's Salon QP we went hands-on with the skeletonized Reverso, and here are our thoughts.
The SQ is housed in an 18k white gold rendition of the same Grande Reverso case that houses the Tribute to 1931, though the similarities stop there. The SQ is thin (7.2mm) but the larger case size prevents the SQ from looking too feminine, even with all the fine decoration. The watch isn't tough and sporty, but no one is going to mistake this for a ladies' watch either.
The movement itself is a skeletonized version of the caliber 849, not originally sized for the Grande Reverso case, and here Jaeger-LeCoultre have used a rich blue enamel border to fill out the edges of the case. With the blued screws, blued hands, and blue alligator strap, this works well and gives the watch a really vibrant appearance.
There is also a disc with three "JL" logos at 1 o'clock that keeps track of the seconds. The movement has an immense amount of visual depth for something only 2.09mm thick. And with the Reverso case, you can admire both the front and back of the SQ.
The Grande Reverso Ultra Thin SQ is limited to 50 pieces.