Friday, May 1, 2015

JLC Grande Reverso Duo - One Watch Two Faces

Late last year a friend of mine bought a Grande Reverso Duo right here in Singapore. A frequent traveler, he had wanted a two time zone timepiece - the choice was a no-brainer.

The Reverso Duo is unique in that the single movement drives both time zones. The front dial is a white guilloché dial and the date window stretching from 11 to 1 o'clock.
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The reverse features a dark grey guilloché dial with a Day/night indicator.
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The watch is a Grande which means the case size is slightly larger than the "regular" Reversos. This example is 48.5 x 29.5mm. A nice size for a men's watch.
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A close up shows the decorative engraving on the front dial as well as the back. The guilloché complements the watch.
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The timepiece comes with the hand wound Calibre 986 and possesses a power reserve of 48 hours. That is my only gripe - for a traveler's watch, I wish they had made it with a longer power reserve.
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Overall, I always like JLC the brand and especially the Reverso range. They make honest watches at a reasonable price range. And to think that they have more than 1,000 in-house developed calibres to their name, it is no wonder all their timepieces comes with in-house calibres.