Almost 90 years ago, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched a wristwatch that was destined to become a classic of 20th-century design: the Reverso. As an object that so deftly synthesised form and function, it has become one of the most immediately recognisable watches of all time, looking as fresh and modern today as when it first appeared. This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a new aesthetic interpretation of the popular Reverso One women’s watch. Distinguished, like all Reverso models, by the strength and purity of line derived from the original Art Deco design, this new watch adds fresh colour and new refinement to the collection.
The beautifully understated composition of the Reverso One receives a jolt of bold colour, with a vivid new red-wine dial. The rich glow is achived by applying multiple layers of lacquer over a subtle sunray guilloché pattern and is complemented by finely drawn lines that define the four corners of the dial and light and airy Arabic numerals in white that look alsmost as if they have been hand-sketched.
With its elongated case – a design inspired by the very first Reverso Lady model of 1931 – and a row of grain-set diamonds defining the gadroons at the upper and lower edges of the case, the Reverso One interprets femininity in classically refined style. The case itself is made from stainless steel with its back still blank, just waiting to be engraved by its owner. After all, engraved watches are a classic in their own right. Measuring 40 x 20 x 7.9 mm, the new Reverso One is perfectly proportioned for the female wrist. It is also waterproof up to 3 bar. The watch is powered by the calibre 657, a reliable, high quality quartz movement.
The new Reverso One is worn on a shiny alligator leather strap whose red colour is perfectly matched to the colour of the dial.
To mark the 74th Venice International Film Festival, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture, which has been a partner of the festival for over 12 years, has presented an artistic edition of Rendez-Vous watches. Since its launch in 2012, the Rendez-Vous collection has always been associated with the world of cinema. This year once again, the romantic ambiance of the Most Serene Republic is a splendid backdrop against which to present these feminine pieces. The latest watches issued from the Grande Maison’s Métiers Rares “Rare Handcrafts” workshop, the Rendez-Vous Sonatina pieces express three different stages of romantic feelings: seduction, romance, and love.
To create these three limited editions, the Manufacture called on all of its most iconic forms of expertise, giving its watchmakers and artisans free rein to work their art. These pieces call on no fewer than three crafts: guillochage, painting on mother-of-pearl, and gem-setting.
The mother-of pearl dial is decorated by hand with a guilloché motif that stretches across its entire surface before being coated in a slightly tinted layer of paint. This is the backdrop on which the artisans paint the miniature paintings by hand. Some parts of it, such as the birds, have been covered with a layer of clear lacquer to add an impression of depth.
Like mentioned earlier, each of the three models represents one stage of love. The first stage is embodied by the “Séduction”. Two swallows soaring over a lavender field embody this moment. The “Romance” depicts this state of endless reverie with a kingfisher perched on the branch of a blossoming cherry tree. The last model, the “Amour”, bears two magpies flying alongside one another above a patch of peonies.
Above all this every creation bears countless gems. The bezel is adorned with brillant-cut diamonds that bring out the poetic creation on the dial. A line of these gemstones runs above the iconic Rendez-Vous collection numerals on the flange to echo the string of stones that delicately surround the dial’s central painting. To complete the decoration, diamonds are also inserted into each side of the case.
The pink gold Rendez-Vous Sonatina large incorporates different complications. Adjusted using the crown at 2 o’clock , a star indicates a future rendezvous with a chiming sound. This reminder is complemented by a day/night indication. Housed at 6 o’clock in an aperture shaped like the flowers painted on the dial, the sun and moon take turns to perform their never-ending dance.
These watches are powered by the automatic calibre Jaeger-LeCoultre 735. This movement works with 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of up to 40 hours.
The rose gold case comes with a diameter of 38,2 mm, it is water resistant up to 5 bar and is completed by a leather bracelet.