Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates The Work Of Ferdinand Hodler
In 2018, the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture once again, highlights the expertise of its rare handcrafts “Métiers Rares” artisans with a series ‘Reverso’ watches. Both sides of each piece feature miniature reproductions of paintings by the Swiss artist, Ferdinand Hodler, in remarkable engraving and enamelling.
In a fitting 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. This watch, with its iconic Art Deco styling, features a white gold case that was specially created to serve as a canvas for the enamel miniature.
Remarkable guillochage work is featured on the front of the piece. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s artisan guillocheur has embellished the dial with the help of a century-old machine, requiring considerable expertise and years of experience. The dial’s small lozenges, giving the illusion as though they have been weaved, were created with finesse and delicate rendering. The engraving was then covered in translucent enamel, and 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, by Jaeger-LeCoultre.