Jaeger-LeCoultre Vincent Van Gogh: 2nd Edition
Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and its iconic Reverso model pay tribute to another unmistakable star, this one from the world of art: Vincent Van Gogh.
Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and its iconic Reverso model pay tribute to another unmistakable star, this one from the world of art: Vincent Van Gogh. This is actually the second special edition Reverso created as an homage to the Dutch master, and this time features one of his famous self-portraits. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, you may recall, is the famous reversible watch with two faces, thanks to a swiveling case that it first introduced in 1931 for polo-playing British army officers.
For this Reverso à Éclipse, Jaeger-LeCoultre has partnered up with Gassan jewelers (the brand’s retail partner in the Netherlands) and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to celebrate the post-impressionist painter. As you can see, the watch features a miniature enamel reproduction of Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait as a Painter, painstakingly crafted by the manufacture’s artisans. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse features a shutter mechanism that can be opened to reveal the miniature reproduction.
All these clever moves, from that enchanting shutter to the swiveling case and the métiers d’arts enameling technique, are accomplished by Jaeger-LeCoultre at its Le Sentier manufacture. Like Van Gogh and any other artist, the work of the manufacture arises from its own intrinsic values and characteristics. We suppose that is why watchmaking firms such as Jaeger-LeCoultre keep returning to artist tributes – the manufacture featured Van Gogh’s insanely famous Sunflowers (well, one of them, there are a few!) in a 2015 edition.
This current edition is limited to just four examples, all of which are cased in platinum and feature the in-house manual-winding calibre 849 at its timekeeping heart. The watch can be admired at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, if you don’t manage to make the shortlist on this!