For nearly two millennia, the rich cultural exchange between Asia and Europe has left an indelible mark on various art forms and techniques, influencing everything from visual arts to textiles, glass, and ceramics. Jaeger-LeCoultre, the noted Swiss watchmaker, has long embraced this cultural amalgamation, and to mark the 90th anniversary of the iconic Reverso watch, the brand unveils two masterpieces that epitomize this fusion – the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hokusai.
These two exquisite timepieces seamlessly unite European craftsmanship with Japanese artistry. The reverse sides of the watches depict “The Waterfall at Ono on the Kisokaido Road” and “The Waterfall Where Yoshitsune Washed his Horse at Yoshino in Yamato Province.” These works are part of the ‘A Tour of the Waterfalls of the Provinces’ series, depicting waterfalls across Japan.
Recreating such a detailed painting on a small watch case presented unique challenges. The enameller had to capture every detail and replicate the woodblock printing technique’s effect. The dial of the Reverso Tribute complements the miniature painting with a wavy guilloché pattern resembling moving water, achieved through a century-old lathe and hand-executed craftsmanship.
The watch is powered by the manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 822 and housed in an 18-karat white gold case. Only ten pieces of each design will be created, making these watches true collector’s items.
These extraordinary timepieces pay homage to the artistic exchange between East and West, encapsulating centuries of cultural richness and craftsmanship within its elegant design. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hokusai are not just watches; they’re works of art, celebrating the enduring influence of cultural connections across time and continents.
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