Travel time watches are perhaps the most practical tool watches on the market. Whether you are a President’s Elite Diamond Club jet-setter or have family on the other side of the globe, wearing a watch that can indicate the time in more than one time zone at a glance can be infinitely useful. With the advent of modern technology, and a smartphone in every pocket, the idea of a “tool watch” is somewhat lost on the current generation. However, since you don’t have to unlock your phone, launch the app, load the world time function, program the other cities, etc; I feel a watch with a multi-time zone complication is more practical than its electronic competition.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the elite manufactures in the industry. Over the years, JLC has supplied movements to all of the top names including Patek Phillippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Audemars Piguet. They are capable of mind-blowing complications and daily wear watches that span the entirety of the horological spectrum. They also bring you these watches at a fantastic value. Want a perpetual calendar for under $20k? They have it. In-house automatic chronograph for under $10k? JLC.
The Reverso Squadra Hometime
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime allows you to display two time zones at once and change one of the time zones instantly at the twist of the crown. When the crown is pulled out to the first click, it will adjust the hour hand independently so you can quickly adjust it to the time zone you just arrived in. There is then a second hour hand, which was hiding behind the main hour hand, that maintains the original time, so you will always know your home time zone at a glance. As you adjust the time backward or forward, both the date & AM/PM indications will update accordingly. A very convenient feature so you know not to call your boss if its 2 AM in their locale! What’s more is that all of this information is laid out in a very clean and organized fashion so it is easy to read. It’s hard to go wrong with a stark-white dial with black Arabic numerals and black sword hands. You can’t get more contrast than that.
The Reverso Squadra is to the standard Reverso line as the Offshore is to the Royal Oak. It is a classic design enhanced to be more modern and sporty. The polished stainless steel case is larger and thicker than the standard Reverso, coming in at 35 mm x 41 mm and 13 mm thick. The case also pivots and reverses to display the gorgeous caliber 977 movement behind a sapphire crystal display back. You’ll notice that this is a shaped movement, which fills the square case, as opposed to having a traditional round movement retrofitted to the form factor. This is a rarity nowadays, especially in this price segment. It is beautifully decorated with Geneva stripes and blued screws. Yes, I did spend a good amount of my time with this watch with the movement-side up watching the engraved rotor wind the main spring to 45 hours of power reserve and balance wheel oscillating at 28,800 vph.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime is a watch that can be both sport & dress depending on your style and strap choice. This particular model is fitted with the three-link stainless steel bracelet with integrated lugs and triple folding clasp. Jaeger-LeCoultre also offers an integrated leather strap that would dress up this piece nicely. The details on the bracelet are quite impressive when you look closer. The outside links are brushed and the center links are polished but, the center links also have the top edge brushed creating a stunning dance of light when you move your wrist. Each link is then secured with screws which makes for easy and quick sizing. It is a solid and robust bracelet so it does have some heft on the wrist.
Whether you’re looking for a travel time watch or a versatile sport watch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime will certainly set you apart from the crowd and look good while doing it.
Seth Tilli is a life-long watch collector from Philadelphia, PA and has been involved in the watch industry for the past 10 years. His passion was truly ignited when he received his first mechanical watch for his 25th birthday, an Oris TT2 F1. Since then his collection has grown with pieces from Zenith, Rolex, Hublot, Panerai, and Omega, just to name a few. A true watch idiot savant (WIS) to the core, Seth is also the founder of the Philadelphia chapter of watch enthusiast group Red Bar Crew. He is also a guest contributor to Govberg OnTime.