Hands on Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso tribute to René Magritte

To celibrate the 85th birthday of the Reverso watch a very special edition is presented. In a collaboration with Maison De Greef, Jaeger LeCoultre made a tribute to René Magritte. The back of this watch is engraved with one of his most famous paintings, “The Treachery of Images”.

The Reverso is maybe one of the most iconic models out there. Its a well thought of design with the two face feature giving its owner either an extra complication, dual time, day and night or a place to put a personal note/engraving.

This model features the last option. It has a beautiful lacquered engraving on the back which almost seems like a photograph of the painting “The Threachery of Images”. This is probably one of the most famous paintings of René Magritte. It shows a pipe with the sentence “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”, This is not a pipe.

René Magritte is one of the most famous belgium painters. His impressionistic art is exhibited all over the world even in his early years.

The watch was born out of passion for watches and fine art. Leading this project was Watches & Jewelry director Jacques Wittmann of De Greef. 2017 is the year the 50th anniversary of the death of René Magritte will be celebrated. So a paying a homage not only for this but also recognition of his great work. The tribute watch combines three essential elements: craftsmanship, art and heritage.


This tribute model is introduced in a white gold and steel edition. The white golden model is limited to a 5 piece edition and the steel in 15 pieces. The white gold model is the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 and the steel is the Grande Reverso Ultra Thin tribute to 1931.


For the white gold edition the dial is a silver toned dial displaying hours, minutes and small seconds. The hands are blueed. The indexes are in black.

The steel edition has a black dial showing both hours and minutes. Hands are silver coloured with luminous.


The movement is this watch is the hand-wound Calibre 822. A reliable movement used for many Reverso models.


There is no discussion about the Reverso model. It is an icon amount watches. It looks and design features are recognised by everyone. And is it said before, the model probably transcends the name of Jaeger LeCoultre. It is obvious to use this model for this tribute. The way Magritte made his paintings, creating a surreal realism. Double layered showing you an image and sending your mind a different message.


Technical Specifications

Movement Manual winding
21 jewels
one barrel
power-reserve: 45 hour
134 pieces inside
frequency of 21600
Height 2.94 mm
Dial Silvered on the white gold

Black on the steel

Case 18 crt white gold

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