The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel ‘Dragon’ is a masterpiece that marries the brand’s iconic swiveling case design with exquisite craftsmanship. Created in 1931 for polo players, the Reverso’s case back has evolved into a canvas for artistic expression. The 2023 edition pays homage to the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon, showcasing the talents of master enamellers and engravers from the Métiers RaresTM atelier.
On the reverse side, a majestic dragon, meticulously engraved into pink gold and set against a glossy black Grand Feu enamel background, seems to come to life. This effect is accentuated by the intricate engraving, which includes polished and sandblasted textures on the dragon. The process of modeled engraving, demanding 80 hours of painstaking work, was executed with exceptional precision, considering that the engraving started on an already enameled surface.
The dial of the Reverso Tribute Enamel ‘Dragon’ mirrors the case back’s opaque black Grand Feu enamel, offering a simple yet elegant design with faceted appliqué hour-markers and Dauphine hands. Achieving the deep, luxurious black enamel involves a meticulous process of layering, firing, cooling, and polishing, taking approximately 24 working hours.
This timepiece, requiring immense skill and years of expertise, showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s mastery of artistic craftsmanship and technical watchmaking. Created as a bespoke piece for the Chinese Zodiac Year, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel ‘Dragon’ epitomizes a harmonious blend of culture, creativity, and technical prowess. With a price tag of $107,000, it represents the pinnacle of horological artistry and exclusivity. The watch will be produced on a made-to-order basis.
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