This new timepiece from Swiss firm Jaeger-LeCoultre harkens back to the firm’s classic designs. The watch boasts a name you can’t possibly say ten times fast—Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185 Quadriptyque—but its moniker is, as is characteristic for such illustrious pieces, a narrative synopsis of it.
The original Reverso design satisfied the lack of a suitably aristocratic timepiece that could hack the polo-playing pastime of officers in India; it was developed for the hardcore competitive weekend-warrior equestrian who needed a watch during game time. The latest Reverso is unlikely to see much horseback action, however.
There are four faces on the watch—similar to Carfax, in a way, for those who know their Gothic lit—and 11 complications populating them all, from astronomical to repeater. The timepiece took six years to bring to the marketplace, and there are a dozen patents in its design.