Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Reverso a Eclipse: a tribute to Vincent van Gogh
September 9, 2015: 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the death of Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. To commemorate this occasion, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are presenting a limited edition of the Reverso à Eclipse watch featuring Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers on the dial. Painted in 1889, the original Sunflowers canvas dates from the final period in Van Gogh’s life and is owned by the Van Gogh Museum.
The watch is a result of collaboration between Jaeger-LeCoultre and its Dutch partner Gassan that wished to create a remarkable piece that had to combine three components: craftsmanship, art and heritage. These three components came together in the Reverso à Eclipse of Jaeger-LeCoultre where the enamellers created an exquisite piece of art on the dial. The painting of Van Gogh’s infamous Sunflowers appears as a hidden treasure beneath the dial when the shutters are opened.
A unique reversible watch featuring a pink gold case equipped with the in-house Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 849, the Reverso à Eclipse revives one of the rarest fine art traditions – miniature enamel painting – that demands particular virtuosity and patience. A simple gesture is enough to open the watch dial shutters concealing an exquisite miniature reproduction of Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers.
Only five of this unique masterpiece have been crafted. The finished pieces can be admired at the Van Gogh Museum.