This unique Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Cordonnet Neva watch belongs to the prestigious Hybris Artistica collection.
Due to the almost imperceptible presence of its miniature movements clinging to the contours of the case, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a pioneer in ladies’ watches. When the first ladies’ Reverso came out of the workshops of the Grande Maison, it presaged even greater creativity.
With surfaces of expression serving as blank canvases for rare handcrafts, the Reverso lends itself to the most artistic jewellery interpretations in a halo of diamonds.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Cordonnet Neva is part of this brilliant heritage, featuring the aesthetic glory of the Art Deco movement. It reinterprets a model from the 1930s in which the strap was a leather cord. The aim of this model was not simply to outdo itself with precious stones, but to elicit an emotion and a tangible, real, palpable reaction.
The answer was obvious to the artisans of the Manufacture, who used the snow setting technique invented by the Manufacture to reproduce the magic of nature. The artisan jeweller applies the decorative pattern directly on the watch case, according to his vision and inspiration. One by one, hundreds of diamonds of varying diameters are placed side by side to smoothly carpet the surface of gold.
Huddled against one another as if in an icy wind, the gems recreate the appearance of the Neva River in winter as it undulates below the ice covering its frozen surface. This shimmering pattern literally wraps around the curves of the articulated watch, blanketing the fixed parts, the lugs and even the cord, which gracefully embraces the delicate arch of the wrist.
With the intoxicating capriciousness that is characteristic of this technique, no one knows, when the setting begins, what jewelled creation will emerge.
The visually stunning snow setting is unique in that it offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The diamonds are pressed together and blocked in place by the last stone set, with no claws to spoil the pleasure of touch. In a frost of diamonds, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Cordonnet Neva Hybris Artistica watch feels as soft as velvet and delightfully irregular.