Highlighting the art of enamelling and engraving, this new special series Reverso watches boasts a finely hand-guillochéd dial on the front side and an enamelled miniature of a painting.
The hand-guillochéd dial of the front side is highlighted in translucent Grand Feu enamel which is in harmony with the back of the watch. The enamelled miniature of a painting on the back side takes inspiration from artistic techniques such as pointillism, ink wash painting, or Japanese woodblock printing. For this series, Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen the artistic works of Georges Seurat, Xu Beihong and Katsushika Hokusai.
Dressed in an art-deco styled reversible white gold case, each of these models from the Reverso Tribute Enamel collection is issued in an eight-piece limited edition and available exclusively in Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutiques
Reverso Tribute Enamel – Georges Seurat
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
In this model, front dial of the watch is guillochéd with small lozenges, which are embossed under a deep green translucent enamel. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s artisan guillocheur has delicately decorated the piece using a century-old machine which requires considerable expertise.
Painted between 1884 and 1886, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is one of the most beautiful examples of the pointillist technique created by Georges Seurat (1859-1891). A neo-impressionist French painter, Seurat was one of the leading lights of the art world in the 19th century. It took him two years to complete this nearly 2 by 3 metre canvas, for which he drew more than 60 sketches. The painting is set on the banks of the Seine, near Paris, in a place where the locals would come to enjoy the water and a pleasant, unspoilt setting. The technique of pointillism consists of juxtaposing minuscule dots of colour, rather than using larger brushstrokes, with the spectator’s eye naturally “mixing” the colours.
For the reverse side, the artisan enameller from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares” has reproduced the 3-metre-wide painting onto a 3 cm2 surface using his own pointillism technique and special tools.
Reverso Tribute Enamel– Inspired by a painting by Xu Beihong
Taking inspiration from the art of ink wash painting, the front dial of this timepiece was delicately guillochéd in lengthwise geometric patterns and covered in opalescent ivory-coloured enamel, rendered as subtle as mother-of-pearl.
Xu Beihong (1895-1953) was one of the most renowned painters of the 20th century in China. He was known for his oil paintings, his drawings, his pastels and his calligraphy. In China, his representations of horses made him very popular. The original, over 5-metre-wide painting shows ten horses galloping through a natural Chinese landscape. Inspired by the representation of two horses from the painting, the reverse side of the watch features an enameled miniature representation of the masterpiece painting.
Reverso Tribute Enamel – Katsushika Hokusai
The Great Wave off Kanagawa
The Jaeger-LeCoultre artisans studied the technique of Japanese woodblock printing, of which Hokusai was a leading light. On the front, the dial is delicately guillochéd with small waves, like an echo of the drawing found on the reverse. It is then covered with a translucent enamel, coloured with a blue as deep as the ocean represented by The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese artist known for his woodblock print series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. It has remained iconic as it was the first time that the concept of perspective, drawn from Western painting, was integrated into the themes of the Japanese tradition of art. This series included The Great Wave off Kanagawa, which brought the artist fame not just in Japan, but in the rest of the world. It was this piece which inspired Jaeger-LeCoultre’s master enameller to adorn the reverse of this Reverso Tribute Enamel.