Since they introduced their “Tribute” series, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been shining a light on several painters by reproducing works of art on the flip-side of Reverso watches. Its latest homage is honoring the work of the 19th-century Japanese master, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849).Out of all of his impressive paintings JLC has chosen to create a miniature reproduction of The Amida Falls in the Far Reaches of the Kisokaidō Road (Kisoji no oku Amida-ga-taki), the best known work from A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces (Shokoku taki meguri), a series of eight woodblock prints created by the artist in 1833–34. The iconic reversible Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso case here is offered in a 27.4mm diameter made out of 18k white gold with a solid case back. It’s overall the standard tonneau shaped case JLC has made us accustomed to, equipped with a setting-crown with the JLC logo engraving on it.And each dial side of the reversible case is covered by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, which assists with water-resistance reaching up to 30 meters (98 feet).The dial-side of “Reverso Tribute Enamel” that tells time has been crafted with a specialty machine and technique with a proven track record of over 100 years, producing refined guilloché work that creates a unique woven effect. Afterwards the dial was covered in a translucent layer of enamel using the ancient Grand Feu enamel technique.It employs 18k white gold applied hour index markers and dauphine style central hands, followed by a printed minute track with its minute index markers following the contours of the rectangular case.Once we’ve read the time by flipping to the other side we’ll uncover a dial exhibiting the aforementioned ‘Amida Falls’ by Katsushika Hokusai.This reproduction was also made possible with the combination of guilloché and miniature painting techniques.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel Hokusai ‘Amida Falls’
The “Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Hokusai” (Ref#: Q39334T3) is powered by the hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 822/2 with 21 jewels, 108 parts and 21,600 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a black alligator scaled strap with exposed tone-on-tone stitching, secured to the wrist by an 18k white gold pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 10 manufactured pieces, available exclusively in Japan. For more up to date information visit the official Jaeger-LeCoultre website here.
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