Hands-On: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet Presents A Pretty Strong Argument For Tiny Women's Watches

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet is scarcely bigger than a quarter.

Personally, I feel that every person (paying little mind to sexual orientation) is allowed to wear whatever size watch they need without analysis, which is the reason I wear a 40mm Daytona or a 36mm Day-Date . I have some more modest watches saved for the night, yet I for the most part float towards greater pieces. Possibly this is on the grounds that the proportions are more my style or they for the most part have a cooler look, however I end up enjoying watches 35mm and up. 

So you can envision my unexpected when I found myself attracted to the watch you see here, the recently delivered Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet. This watch is, by any measure, a small watch. I know I just professed my love for 36mm-in addition to watches, and I shouldn’t care for the minuscule Cordonnet, however I do!

The Cordonnet’s base has a sunray design on the interior, which you can see when you flip the watch.

The Cordonnet’s case has exceptional drags for stringing through this sort of strap.

The Cordonnet was delivered recently at SIHH as a component of the 85th Anniversary of the Reverso  collection. It estimates 33.8mm x 16.33mm and is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s quartz type 657. The actual watch is made of 18k rose gold and hardened steel, with a plain pink-gold caseback on the converse (likely for etching) and an engraved starburst plan on the interior of the steel holster. The watch is secured with a steel deployant catch that is connected to a flimsy dark calfskin cord (otherwise known as cordonnet). The wonderful silvered dial has a sunburst design and painted Arabic numerals. 

This Cartier Duoplan women’s watch has a movement made by LeCoultre. (Photo by means of Ebay)

So what was the purpose of delivering this watch for the 85th Anniversary of the Reverso? All things considered, the original plan of this watch really traces all the way back to 1925 when the Duoplan movement was first produced by LeCoultre. Both the size and power of the Duoplan were critical at that point. Most movements of this size were not known for their exactness, however LeCoultre promised that the Duoplan was both compact and a good watch, allowing it to be utilized in a scope of women’s watches of the time, similar to the Cartier you see above and a comparable Jaeger model that filled in as the inspiration for the Cordonnet we have here. The watches were mechanical (yippee! furthermore, duh.) and back-wound.

The Cordonnet shockingly looks incredible with more easygoing clothing as well. 

While this watch is lovely on its own, for me, the historical tie is significant. Look at any semblance of Bulgari and the Serpenti  –one of the reasons that watch is still so popular and continues to flourish is on the grounds that there is historical importance. The equivalent could even be said about Rolex and well, ALL of its watches. People not only love them since they are very much planned, yet in addition since they are recognizable and basically the very watches that were planned fifty years ago. People love watches with history and a story to tell, and that is by and large what this Jaeger-LeCoultre does.

However, my only problem is the utilization of a quartz movement here (do I sound mind-numbingly repetitive yet?). Unmistakably Jaeger-LeCoultre has the capacities to produce a manual-wound movement of this size, and, to additional that point, with today’s technologies they probably could make it significantly more dependable and powerful than the movements in those original small watches. So for what reason don’t they? My speculation would be they don’t have any desire to spend the money on developing this movement or assembling it for products like this, particularly when they have had incredible achievement selling quartz observes much the same as this one. Yet, wouldn’t it be something?

The catch of the Cordonnet is as yet endorsed with a little “JL” logo.

The dark calfskin cord tie is obviously this current watch’s characterizing feature.

So how does this traditional watch convert into the modern-day period? Flawlessly. It very well may be worn by almost anyone in an easygoing or dressy setting, and can undoubtedly be stacked with other bits of gems (though, be cautioned, you will scratch the case). It really looks shockingly at home with some washed-out pants, which is decent since I’m not prone to wear cocktail dresses to the office (for now). Oh, and the retail cost? $7,600, which is as yet steep however a long ways from some of the other costs I have seen slapped on a woman’s watch.

Despite not having a physically wound movement, overall, I feel that this watch is a new illustration of how more modest looks for women may be preparing for a comeback. In any case, up to that point, I think I’ll stay with my Daytona. 

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Cordonnet is a lesson in how an old-school style may be making a comeback.

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