Lately we have seen an increasing popularity of watches with Enamel dials. Everything from “plain” white to more fashionable colours – from cloisonné work to motif paintings!
That Jaeger-LeCoultre have made many beautiful watches with fantastic Enamel dials is well-known, but did you know their long tradition of Enamel artwork?
Today I like to share an example from the early 1930’s…
Last week I wrote about one of Jaeger-LeCoultre later Enamel dial creations: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel
The blue guilloché enamel dial is absolutely stunning and in combination with the Moon Phase:
Motif paintings are often reserved to the Grand Complications segment which makes them “out of reach” for most of us, but to admire is for free…
Here is one example, the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Minute Repeater Starry Night over the Rhone (Van Gogh).
The artwork on the dial is like a masterpiece in itself!
One advantage that Jaeger-LeCoultre have over many other brands when it comes to decoration their watches is the Reverso!
Why would that be an advantage? Because the Reverso have T.W.O “canvases”!
The dial and “the other side”… Regardless if it is a normal Reverso or a Duo, there are two sides that can be decorated.
Like the Reverso Tribute Enamel – Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, picture credit: Jaeger-LeCoultre
This advantage Jaeger-LeCoultre used early in the Reverso history!
Here is one early 1930’s Reverso I was shown at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Heritage Galley – this bi-metal central seconds Reverso is all about the case back.
The Enamel artwork here is mind-blowing – the details…, the colours…
The motif looks to be the Hindu God Rama with his bow and arrows in a halo of light, Rama one of the important Hindu deities.
One can only imagine the many hours of work… Then remember that this Enamel painting is almost 90 years old!
It’s impossible to make it justice in pictures, in real the painting is glowing, almost floating in the air above the gold case back!
Enamel artwork – another trade with long traditions at Le Grand Maison!
Again, a BIG thank you to Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Heritage Gallery for letting me see this piece of art in real!