Orator Reverso Fusion
„An Fusion of French classe and Swiss watchmaking tradition.“
Dimensions: 23 x 33mm
Movement: Manuel Winding
Dial: White with Roman numerals
Casing: Steel and 18ct. gold
Glas: Acrylic glass
Condition: 10 /10, NOS*
* See zrhbrg.ch/pages/faq for exact descriptions of the conditions
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡
This watch is a fusion between a dial reminding of a Cartier tank and a case of a Reverso by Jaeger LeCoultre. The combination of simple elegance and functional construction makes this watch something very special.
This design had a simple purpose: It all started during the winter of 1930-1931. While travelling in India, the Swiss businessman and watch collector César de Trey attended a polo match at a club of British army officers. One of these officers, who had just broken the glass of his watch, challenged de Trey to create a watch model robust enough to resist to a polo match.
César de Trey discussed the idea with Jacques-David LeCoultre, the then owner of the LeCoultre manufacture, who could provide the movements for the new watch.
LeCoultre appointed the firm Jaeger S.A. for the creation of the reversible case, which in turn contracted the French designer René-Alfred Chauvot, the actual inventor of the unique slide and flip mechanism.
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝
Orator was founded in 1921 and was owned by the Schild company. They were based in Le Chaux-de-Fonds, a town in the Swiss Jura. Adolph Schild, the founder of Schild, was a big player in the watch business.