SWIVELLING TO THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
Jaeger-LeCoultre adds a new chapter to the Reverso’s story of craftsmanship and artistry: the Reverso Tribute Enamel ‘Dragon’. Created to coincide with 2024 Lunar New Year, the new timepiece pays tribute to the sign of the Dragon, and to the talents of the master enamellers and engravers in the Métiers Rares™ atelier of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.
To maximise the sense of volume and depth, the master engraver used a technique called modelled engraving – with 10 differently sized chisels to sculpt the metal step by step-, an exacting skill that requires absolute focus and remarkable dexterity. Perfectly paired in colour and purity, the dial features the same opaque black Grand Feu enamel as the case-back.
80 HOURS OF ENGRAVING
Swivelling the watch case to its reverse side reveals a majestic dragon surrounded by golden clouds. Engraved into the pink gold case metal, the dragon seems to leap out from the background of glossy black Grand Feu enamel. The polished surfaces of the dragon’s body, the fine details of its scales – hand-drawn with black rhodium – and the contrasting sandblasted texture of the clouds catch and refract the light to enhance the illusion of movement and power.
A CAPTIVATING ENAMELLED BLACK DIAL
The elegant simplicity of the Reverso Tribute dial enhances the deep Grand Feu enamel background. To create a black of such richness requires five layers of enamel, with each new layer followed by firing and cooling – representing no less than 8 working hours over the course of many days. This was followed by polishing to achieve a perfect, uniform shine.