When presented back in 1931, the Reverso was planned in view of one reason: ensuring its dial. It was a watch made for polo players, who expected to have the glass of their watches (around then still mineral glass) covered up – thus the possibility of a reversible case. From that point forward, such requirements aren’t significant any longer yet the Reverso actually plays with its concealed surfaces to show imaginative decorations. After the Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian , another (major) Dutch craftsman is in plain view today with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Rembrandt – and with a dazzling execution…
Since the underlying motivation behind the Reverso isn’t applicable any longer, Jaeger-LeCoultre had a smart thought to give a portion of the concealed surfaces of the Reverso case to imaginative artworks. There’s, obviously, the regular etching done on the caseback, with initials, a picture of your decision or anything that will help you to remember the motivation behind why you purchased this watch. There are some significantly additional entrancing approaches to enhance the instance of a Reverso, on account of the ability of JLC’s Atelier Métiers Rares®.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has over and over committed its numerous artworks to giving recognition to craftsmen on the Reverso, one of the uncommon watches completely fit to displaying a proliferation of a show-stopper on the dial or on the caseback. We’ve previously shown you different models here, on MONOCHROME, with various approaches to communicate these imaginative abilities. First was the Reverso à Eclipse Van Gogh Sunflowers , with a miniature artistic creation discretely covered up, or appeared, by decision of the wearer because of shades. Another watch of this sort was the Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian , with a plated painting on its caseback. Following the Dutch vibe, today we’ll show you the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Rembrandt and its super itemized, hand-painted dial.
This year, all through the Netherlands, the 350th commemoration of Rembrandt’s passing in 2019 is commended with the “Year of Rembrandt” – a year loaded with presentations and unique occasions praising crafted by one of the world’s most noteworthy craftsmen. Rembrandt (1606-1669, complete name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn), if at any time he should be introduced once more, was quite possibly the most compelling and most significant Dutch specialists (a designer, painter, and printmaker). His commitments to craftsmanship arrived in a time of extraordinary riches and social accomplishment that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch workmanship (particularly Dutch canvas) was very productive and inventive. He is by and large thought to be one of the best visual specialists in the history of workmanship and the most significant in Dutch craftsmanship history.
Among the various craftsmanship pieces made by Rembrandt, perhaps the most significant and most prominent is “The Night Watch” (1642, with complete name “Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq” or in Dutch “De Nachtwacht”), an enormous 363cm × 437cm composition portraying a static military gathering portrait, with emotional utilization of light and shadow. This canvas is presently uncovered at the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ public exhibition hall in Amsterdam.
As a tribute to Rembrandt, Jaeger-LeCoultre, in relationship with GASSAN (Dutch retailer that runs the JLC Boutique), has made a Reverso watch with part of this very artistic creation on its dial… But don’t think it is only a print rendition of “The Night Watch” that will be brought to you. Indeed, we’re looking at something very impressive.
The painting has been replicated on this Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Rembrandt because of miniature artistic creation and plating methods. Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of only a handful few makes to in any case have such skill in-house, on account of its the Atelier Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts), an exceptional office that can work plating, hand-etching, guillochage, and pearl setting.
For this Reverso, miniature composition with polish has been utilized. Notwithstanding, this isn’t a simple assignment. A significant part of the complexity lies in working by hand to scale the first composition – estimating more than 3 meters high and 4 meters wide – onto a surface of a couple of square centimeters, during the actual interaction of plating. The artwork is applied by hand by talented experts who paint the dial with flimsy brushes and finish powders. The layers of polish are sequentially warmed between applications, changing the artwork’s shading power step by step. Each progression is in danger, as a solitary piece of residue or a break would mean beginning again from scratch.
The result is a dial that resembles the first as well as with a great degree of subtleties – remember that the dial quantifies under 3cm x 2cm. Tones, particularly the utilization of shadows and splendid regions, and subtleties are reliable and a glance through the loupe (or on account of these large scale shots) uncover different subtleties – envision the complexity to paint the hands or the faces…
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Rembrandt is introduced in an exemplary Grande Reverso model in 18k rose gold with a dark alligator lash. The case estimates 48.5mm x 30mm, with a 10.24mm tallness. Inside the case is the hand-wound type 822, an in-house development typically found in such Reverso pieces.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Rembrandt (ref. JLQ37325EN) will be created in 5 pieces, just accessible from GASSAN. Cost on solicitation. More subtleties at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com .