The year 2015 marks the 125 anniversary of the death of the Dutch post-Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. To commemorate this occasion, the Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, feature a limited edition clock Reverse to Eclipse with the iconic sunflowers by Van Gogh on display, in honor of the Dutch master.Painted in 1889, the original screen Sunflowers refers to the final period of the life of Van Gogh and is owned by the Van Gogh Museum.
Support for the creativity and genius of artists in all areas has always been a goal of Jaeger-LeCoultre, whose proud tradition of inventiveness is rooted in your own creativity and exceptional heritage. This is not the first time that the Jaeger-LeCoultre-a single factory, with more than 180 years of artistic experience remarkable-he used his talents to pay tributes to artists on the reverse, one of the rarer watches, perfectly suited to show a “masterpiece” in the display or on the back of the piece. Now, the Jaeger-LeCoultre and your Boutique partner, Gassan, are extremely proud to reveal the reverse to Eclipse, as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh.
The idea for this watch only came as a result of the collaboration between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Gassan, who wished to create a remarkable piece that needed to combine three elements: craft, art and heritage, as a tribute to the Dutch master, world-famous, Vincent van Gogh. These components were joined in reverse to the Eclipse of Jaeger-LeCoultre, in which esmaltadores have created an exquisite work of art on display. The painting of Van Gogh’s sunflowers appears as a hidden treasure under the display when the watch box is open.
A reversible watch original which is a rose gold case equipped with internal 849 Jaeger-LeCoultre, Reverso to Eclipse ideally lends itself to revive one of the rarest traditions of fine arts – miniature enameling-which requires a virtuosity and special forbearance. A simple gesture is enough to open the watch display box, which hides a miniature reproduction of the Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh.
This original masterpiece, of which there are only five copies were developed in conjunction with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The finished pieces can be admired from the 4 day of September in the Van Gogh Museum, when the new entrance to the building will be officially opened.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s reputation as the master of an inventive watch over 180 years date, old and time-honored decorative arts are among the most precious crafts faithfully preserved by the Maison in the Vallée de Joux. Enameling, engraving and inlay of precious stones are all part of a range of skills that the Jaeger-LeCoultre associates in its various watchmaking creations. The miniature enamel paint, which is seldom taught these days, is one of these unique skills. The Jaeger-LeCoultre revels in seeking more authentic glazes and of high quality, given the rarity of the craft, are becoming increasingly hard to find.
Once discovered, these refined materials are entrusted into the hands of specialists in enameling during manufacture, all of them appealing to the most noble expressions of your art to personalize the clocks.