Jaeger-LeCoultre honors Ferdinand Hodler with three Reverso watches


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Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) was one of the most-prominent Swiss painters of the 19th century. His early works included landscapes, genre paintings and portraits in realistic style. Later on his work evolved to combine influences from several genres such as art nouveau and symbolism. Inspired by the latter, Hodler developed a style he called “parallelism” that highlighted the symmetry he believed formed the foundation of human society. What “connects” Jaeger-LeCoultre and Ferdinand Hodler is the artist’s depiction of Switzerland’s lakes and mountains which brings memories of the Vallée de Joux – the birthplace of the Swiss manufacture.

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Ferdinand Hodler Self-Portrait 1916

 

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ferdinand Hodler’s death, Jaeger-LeCoultre has produced three Reverso Tribute Enamel watches. On the back side of each timepiece is a miniature reproduction of a painting by Ferdinand Hodler in remarkable enameling. Jaeger-LeCoultre chose three paintings that feature landscapes of mountains and lakes – artist’s characteristic inspiration. The new Reverso Tribute Enamel watches highlight the incredible skill and expertise of the brand’s “Métiers Rares” (Rare Crafts) artisans. Reproducing each painting as faithfully as possible was not an easy task and required more than fifty hours of work! The main problem the enamellers faced was how to reproduce large original painting on the small 3cm2 surface area of the watch. Another challenge was how to achieve the exact colors as on the original creations.

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Each enamel painting required more than fifty hours of work

 

Another rare skill featured in the Reverso Tribute Enamel watches is engraving. The front of each timepiece features remarkable guillochage work. The brand’s artisans have decorated the dials using a 100 year-old machine that requires great expertise and years of practice. Looking as though they have been weaved, the dial’s small lozenges were made with finesse and delicate rendering. After the engraving was done, the artisans then covered the dial in translucent enamel. The color of the enamel was chosen to complement the painting on the reverse side. Engraving is also present on the back side of the watch. Each enamel painting is elegantly framed with hand-engraved lines. This beautiful frame is unique on each watch, enhancing the reproduced paintings.

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The dials all feature faceted appliqué hour-markers, dauphine hands and a railway-type minute track

 

Featuring a signature Art Deco styling, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel watch is housed in a beautiful white gold case. Each of the three models measures 45.5 mm x 27.4 mm and is water resistant to 30 meters. The dials all feature faceted appliqué hour-markers, dauphine hands and a railway-type minute track. Functions-wise, the dials are pretty simple and straightforward, displaying only hours and minutes. Powering the timepieces is the in-house developed calibre 822A/2 with 19 jewels. Composed of 108 parts, this manual movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours when fully wound. Completing each model is a stylish black alligator leather strap. The new Reverso Tribute Enamel timepieces are each issued as a limited edition of only 8 pieces and are only available at the brand’s boutiques. Jaeger-LeCoultre has not yet specified the pricing details.

 

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