Jaeger-LeCoultre reveals its latest collection of wearable art with the Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasure series. The watches pay tribute to three iconic Modern artists: Courbet, Van Gogh, and Klimt. Courbet’s View of Lake Léman, Van Gogh’s Sunset at Montmajour, and Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady were all carefully reproduced on the reverse side of the watch, works that were each thought to be lost forever, only to be discovered and authenticated in recent years. Each watch features a white gold case with a manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre 822/2 movement and a black alligator leather strap
2021 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasure model and as a part of the celebrations, the brand has released the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasures. These are a trio of timepieces that celebrate the extraordinary work of three masters of Modern Art: Gustave Courbet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Gustav Klimt.
All three of these latest timepieces include the artisanal skills being put into practice at the Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hidden Treasure manufacture. Artisanal skills such as grand feu enamel, miniature painting, and guilloche. This latest Reverso Tribute collection closely mimicks the 1930’s original models by the simplicity of the dials, which is now enhanced by the guilloché backgrounds.
The three paintings depicted on the Reverso side of each timepiece showcase three important markers that belong to a Western artistic tradition, such as the 19th-Century Realism of Courbet, Van Gogh’s Post-Impressionism to the expressive spirit of Klimt and the Viennese Secession. The actual paintings on each of the watches are also in a way a tribute to the Reverso model.
The stunning paintings on the watches are a miniature portrayal of actual paintings that have been hidden from the world for many decades and assumed to have been lost, until in recent years when they have been rediscovered and authenticated. The Reverso plays with the same concept of the painting being “hidden” until the dial is turned over to reveal the beautiful artwork.
All three timepieces come in a white gold 45.6 x 27.4mm rectangular casing, with a contrasting black alligator leather strap to suit. Each of the main dial colours is a snippet of the main colours used for the enamel miniature paintings on the Reverso side. The movement used inside all three timepieces is the manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 822/2. This movement powers the hour and minutes on the dial and comes with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.