The Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has released another limited edition Reverso Tribute Enamel for 2018, this time paying homage to famous painter Alfons Mucha. To enhance the art of enamelling and engraving, mastered in the Vallée de Joux workshops, the Grande Maison had the idea of giving its iconic Reverso pieces two faces revealing a work of art. The front has a finely hand-guillochéd dial, covered in translucent Grand Feu enamel, while the rear is used as a canvas for tiny reproductions of famous artworks – paintings of paintings. It is not the first time that the watchmaker has used Mucha’s works to decorate the Reverso. In 1996 came the Reverso “Les Saisons”, in 1999 the “Pierres Précieuses” Reverso, and in 2001 Jaeger-LeCoultre released the Reverso “Clair de Lune” appear – all featuring Alfons Mucha’s works. Now, the Grande Maison has released three new works of art paying tribute to the intricate artistry of this celebrated artist.
Each of the three versions of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel watch offers a front dial guillochéd by hand and covered with translucent Grand Feu enamel, paired with a reverse face featuring an enamelled miniature of a painting inspired by Alfons Mucha. For the latest creations, the watchmaker took inspiration from “The Seasons” – the artist’s emblematic 1896 series of decorative panels. To achieve this, JLC artisans scaled the original painting of over a meter down to 3 cm², entirely enamelled by hand. Engraving took 30 hours, while enamelling was done over 70 hours, bringing the total to 100 hours of work per piece. Each version is limited to only eight examples.