Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Enamel: A Work Of Art From Front To Back

Watches & Jewellery

February 12, 2018 | BY Tania Jayatilaka

This limited-edition collection paints the iconic Reverso Tribute Enamel in a new light – here’s what to expect from the stunning new models and why there are only 24 of them to spare.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Limited Edition Reverso Tribute Enamel model featuring a miniaturised painting by Georges Seurat (Photos: Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre)

Beauty has two faces

The Reverso has always been a versatile piece among Jaeger-LeCoultre’s creations. The Swiss watchmaker’s latest special edition collection takes it one step further with the unveiling of 3 new models, each revealing captivating artwork done in fine Grand Feu enamel on both sides of the watch.  

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Enamel: A Work Of Art From Front To Back
The process of enamelling alone takes several hours (Photo: Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre)

The work of master craftsmen on your wrist

On the back of each watch lies the finely enamelled miniature artwork of 3 master artisans, each artist  chosen to represent the iconic techniques of pointillism, ink wash painting, and Japanese woodblock printing. The front of each model displays a superb hand-guillochéd dial covered in translucent Grand Feu enamel, coloured to harmonise with the incredibly detailed artwork on the watch’s caseback.

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Each dial is hand-crafted and dressed in a colour that matches the artwork on reverse side (Photo: Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre

Case in point

The new Reverso Tribute Enamel models boasts a white gold case made especially to carry the miniature enamel designs by artists Georges Seurat, Xu Beihong and Katsushika Hokusa.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Enamel: A Work Of Art From Front To Back
A high level of craftsmanship and expertise is spent on each model (Photo: Courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre)

All things rare and beautiful 

It’s no shock that only eight pieces of each model have been made of this exquisite collection – it took a total of 70 hours for Jaeger-LeCoultre’s artisan guillocheurs to achieve the pointillist effect on the Reverso Tribute Enamel hosting Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The three new pieces are a testament to the high level of craftsmanship at the Grand Maison’s Rare Handcrafts ‘Métiers Rares’ workshop.       

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