Hands-On – Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian for De Stijl & Steltman 100th Anniversary

Hands-On – Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian for De Stijl & Steltman 100th Anniversary

The Reverso positively is the most notable watch of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Obviously, the majority of us know its long and rich history, with its underlying foundations connected to British polo players requesting a secured watch and its subsequent creation in 1931. There’s one thing that this specific development permitted: personalisation. Today, the rear of this classical Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a field of articulation to commend a twofold century: the birth 100 years prior of Dutch workmanship school De Stijl (think Piet Mondrian) and of Dutch retailer Steltman. Here is the explicitly embellished Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian.

If alone the name “De Stijl” probably won’t sound recognizable to everybody, its fundamental agent, Piet Mondrian, is absolutely perhaps the most celebrated Dutch specialists. Also, if this name still doesn’t do anything for you, a gander at this choice of works of art should focus a light regarding the matter. Together with Theo van Doesburg and Gerrit Rietveld, Mondrian made one of the world’s most notable craftsmanship developments. “De Stijl”, Dutch for “The Style”, otherwise called neoplasticism, was a Dutch imaginative development founded in 1917 in Leiden. It comprised of a gathering of designers, painters and engineers who pushed unadulterated deliberation by a decrease to the fundamentals of structure and shading; and they worked on visual compositions to vertical and level, utilizing just dark, white and essential tones. Furthermore, looking at the situation objectively, it is a definition that likewise fits impeccably with the designs of a specific German watch brand, Nomos, whose manifestations are deeply roused by Bauhaus, essential tones and realistic lines.

This year, 2017, is the 100th commemoration of this workmanship movement… But it additionally denotes the birth, 100 years prior, of significant Dutch watch retailer and gem dealer, Steltman. Founded in Den Haag (The Hague) in 1917, this store currently addresses the absolute most popular Swiss fabricates in the “flat country” and offers a wide and subjective determination of watches, shaded gemstones and jewels. To check this twofold centennial, altogether centered around the nation of birth of our Editor-in-Chief Frank Geelen (consequently a specific public pride…), Jaeger-LeCoultre has made an explicitly commissioned variant of the Reverso, Tribute to Piet Mondrian, De Stijl and the Netherlands in general.

You need to look and to collaborate with this item to discover why it is extraordinary. Indeed, from the outset, it is a standard Reverso Classic Large Small Second, so-to-say the brand’s signature and traditionalist model. Obviously, it includes the rectangular case, obviously, it has a reversible focal part, and obviously, it is made in view of style and circumspection. The instance of this variant, in tempered steel, quantifies a comfortable 45.6mm X 27.4mm; enough to offer a specific manly presence without being gaudy all things considered. As usual, the case highlights coordinated and short drags, just as the 3 flat scores on the two sides of the case.

The dial of this Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian doesn’t part with anything either concerning what hides behind its origination. There’s no notice of a restricted release, no notice of De Stijl, Mondrian or Steltman, indeed, this dial is entirely equivalent to the standard variant. It implies a silver dial, with Art-Deco style, Arabic numerals in dark on a vertically brushed foundation, a focal area with jewel design, and an unmistakable differentiation, with realistic lines, of the multitude of signs (minutes, hours and little second). Time is demonstrated by the traditional blued hands.

Inside is the hand-twisted, slender calibre 822/2. This ovoid development is notable and has been utilized in the Reverso case for a long while now. It takes care of its work unobtrusively and easily. Its 2.94mm profile permits the Reverso to stay dainty, even with the reversible device. It ticks at 3Hz and brags 45h force save. Once more, these are similar qualities as the normal Reverso Classic Large Small Second. What is generally significant about this piece is situated on the contrary side of the case…

Flip the case and you’ll see a pleasant tribute to the 1921 “ Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue ” painting by Piet Mondrian. Every one of these Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian watches is extraordinary, as the miniature work of art is finished by hand by the craftsmans of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares atelier, situated in the Vallée de Joux. To make this exceptional smaller than normal work of art, the atelier needed to make another procedure that permitted to make clear straight lines and homogeneous territories of single tone, like yellow, blue and red. Every small scale is the dried in a furnace and covered with a defensive layer of dismal varnish.

This Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute to Piet Mondrian will be just accessible at Steltman in The Hague ( www.steltman.nl ) and restricted to 25 pieces, valued at EUR 9,117. An ideal proud piece that uncovers its magnificence just when flipped, and a suitable watch for Dutch (or not) craftsmanship lovers.