These beautiful decorative watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre come from its “Métiers Rares” workshops and pay tribute to 19th-century symbolist painter Ferdinand Hodler (1853 – 1918), one of Switzerland’s best-known artists. Very rare (only 8 pieces of each), these are special pieces that will likely find homes in a handful of discreet collectors.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Ferdinand Hodler
limited edition 8 pieces per design
45.5 mm x 27.4 mm x 9.73 mm white gold case, manual wind Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture Cal 822A/2
The front dial on the swiveling Reverso case features an engraved “woven” motif, achieved with the use of a century-old guilloché machine, which is delicately rendered by an expert artisan and then covered in translucent grand feu enamel in a color that reflects the predominant tone of the miniature painting on the watch’s back dial. Each of these enamelled paintings re-creates in intricate detail one of Hodler’s masterpieces depicting the landscapes of his native Switzerland. The artisans at the brand’s Rare Handcrafts atelier in Le Sentier required at least 50 hours of work for each painting in order to reproduce, as faithfully as possible, Hodler’s canvases on the dial’s 3 cm x 2 cm surface.
The first of the Tribute Enamel editions (below) depicts “Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in the Morning Light,” which Hodler produced shortly before his death in 1918.
The second is Hodler’s 1904 painting, “Lake Thun with Symmetric Reflections Before Sunrise” (below):
And the third is the 1909 work, “Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection”
Prices for each of the three eight-piece limited editions on request.