The house of Jaeger-LeCoultre brought out its now legendary Reverso watch 100 years ago, a watch that would immediately capture the eyes and wrists of both men and women. The timepiece’s elegant Art Deco lines stood out and new versions of the design were created and over the decades the house continues to explore the watch’s feminine side combining the precision watchmaking techniques with the decorative crafts.
The double sided case of the Reverso is unique in watchmaking and offers a unique opportunity for the artisans of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atelier des Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts tm workshop) to showcase their skills in the decorative arts. For the Reverso One Cordonnet Jewelry, the talents of the house’s gem setters and its mastery of watchmaking blend together to create an array of mesmerizing timepieces. In the 1930s, Jaeger-LeCoultre featured the cordonnet bracelet — cordonnet meaning fine braid — on several women’s watches. The simple black cord epitomized the refined elegance of the Art Deco period back in 1933.
For 2021, the Reverso One Cordonnet Jewelry this exquisite pairing takes on enhanced radiance for the cordonnet bracelet has been transformed into a supple braid of gold and diamonds uniting it with a fully diamond-set Duetto pink gold case. The front dial is in mother-of- pearl, diamonds and applied numerals while the back dial is in onyx with diamond-set indexes.
The entire case and bracelet are fully set with diamonds and the winding crown is adorned with a reverse-set diamond, and the ensemble totals 1,104 diamonds weighing in at 7.84 carats. For the case the house chose the grain-setting technique which means the diamonds are held in place by beads of gold that are so tiny they are almost invisible keeping the stones very close together so that the watch case appears to be encrusted in a sold mass of diamonds.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette