In 2018, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture once again highlights the expertise of its “Métiers Rares” artisans with a series of three Reverso watches. Both sides of each piece feature miniature reproductions of paintings by the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler in engraving and enamelling.
In a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Hodler’s death, landscapes of mountains and lakes, so characteristic of the painter’s work, were chosen to decorate the case of the Reverso Tribute Enamel. Jaeger-LeCoultre has picked the following paintings: Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in the Morning Light from 1918, Lake Thun with Symmetric Reflections Before Sunrise from 1904, and Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection from 1909.
These watches are the continuation of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture’s series of enamelled Reverso watches.
With its emblematic Art Deco styling, faceted appliqué hour-markers, Dauphine hands and railtrack minute circle at the heart of the dial, the Reverso Tribute Enamel is a sophisticated and original canvas for the work of the “Métiers Rares” enamellers.
Remarkable guillochage work is featured on the front of the piece. To achieve that, the dial was embellished with the help of a century-old machine, creating small lozenges, giving the illusion as though they have been weaved. The engraving was then covered in translucent enamel. The colour of which, was carefully chosen to match the painting’s tone recreated on the reverse side.
On the reverse of the watch, the handcrafted engraving continues, with lines tracing out an elegant frame for each of the enamelled paintings. This incredible work is unique on each model, enhancing the reproduced paintings, it is also a fitting supplement to the three gadroons so emblematic of the Reverso watch.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has decided to equip this Reverso with a white gold case that was specially created to serve as a canvas for the enamel miniature. Each painting presented particular challenges for the enamellers. The main difficulty emerged from having to feature a large original painting on the 3 cm² surface area of the Reverso.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel measures 45.5 x 27.4 mm and 9.73 mm in height. All models are powered by a mechanical movement, the calibre 822A/2 which shows only hours and minutes.
The three models are each issued in eight-piece limited editions.