When presented back in 1931, the Reverso was planned in view of one reason: securing 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 – subsequently the possibility of a reversible case. From that point forward, such requirements aren’t applicable any longer however the Reverso actually plays with its shrouded surfaces to show creative 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 staggering execution…
Since the underlying reason for the Reverso isn’t pertinent any longer, Jaeger-LeCoultre had a smart thought to commit a portion of the shrouded surfaces of the Reverso case to imaginative specialties. There’s, obviously, the common 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 interesting approaches to embellish the instance of a Reverso, on account of the ability of JLC’s Atelier Métiers Rares®.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has more than once gave its numerous specialties to honoring craftsmen on the Reverso, one of the uncommon watches entirely fit to exhibiting a multiplication of a masterpiece on the dial or on the caseback. We’ve previously shown you different models here, on MONOCHROME, with various approaches to communicate these creative abilities. First was the Reverso à Eclipse Van Gogh Sunflowers , with a miniature composition discretely covered up, or appeared, by decision of the wearer on account 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 praised with the “Year of Rembrandt” – a year loaded with shows and uncommon occasions commending crafted by one of the world’s most prominent specialists. 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 sketcher, painter, and printmaker). His commitments to workmanship arrived in a time of extraordinary riches and social accomplishment that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch craftsmanship (particularly Dutch canvas) was very productive and imaginative. He is by and large thought to be one of the best visual specialists in the history of craftsmanship and the most significant in Dutch workmanship history.
Among the numerous workmanship 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”), a gigantic 363cm × 437cm artwork portraying a static military gathering picture, with emotional utilization of light and shadow. This canvas is presently uncovered at the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands’ public gallery 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 artwork on its dial… But don’t think it is only a print adaptation of “The Night Watch” that will be brought to you. Indeed, we’re talking about something very impressive.
The painting has been replicated on this Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Rembrandt because of miniature artwork and plating strategies. Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of only a handful few produces to in any case have such mastery in-house, because of its the Atelier Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts), an extraordinary office that can work plating, hand-etching, guillochage, and diamond setting.
For this Reverso, miniature work of art with finish has been utilized. Notwithstanding, this isn’t a simple assignment. A large part of the complexity lies in working by hand to scale the first artistic creation – 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 specialists who paint the dial with flimsy brushes and finish powders. The layers of polish are continuously warmed between applications, modifying the artistic creation’s shading force slowly. 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 noteworthy degree of subtleties – remember that the dial quantifies under 3cm x 2cm. Tones, particularly the utilization of shadows and splendid zones, and subtleties are dependable and a glance through the loupe (or because of these large scale shots) uncover numerous 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 stature. Inside the case is the hand-wound type 822, an in-house development generally found in such Reverso pieces.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Rembrandt (ref. JLQ37325EN) will be delivered in 5 pieces, just accessible from GASSAN. Cost on solicitation. More subtleties at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com .