Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Reverso Tribute Enamel timepiece features a miniature reproduction of the famous Kirifuri Waterfall painting by Hokusai.
This year Jaeger-LeCoultre commemorates the 90th anniversary of their iconic Reverso watch and, as part of the celebrations, have created a unique Reverso Tribute Enamel watch with a tribute to Japanese artist Hokusai.
Created by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s in-house atelier Métiers Rares (Rare Handcrafts), the new one-off Reverso Enamel unites European craftsmanship with Japanese art and features an enamel miniature painting on the reverse side that faithfully reproduces a woodblock print of Kirifuri Waterfall made by Katsushika Hokusai in the early 1830s.
The Japanese artist best known in the West, Hokusai (1760–1849), was a highly prolific illustrator, printmaker, and ukiyo-e artist. His fame was secured when he was in his eighties, by his monumental woodblock print series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, which includes The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), one of the world’s best-known works of art (of which Jaeger-LeCoultre honored that work by reproducing it as a miniature enamel painting on a limited-edition Reverso in 2018).
The Kirifuri Waterfall painting that features on the latest edition is one of series of eight woodblocks prints known as “A Tour of the Waterfalls,” waterfalls that Hokusai visited between 1831 and 1833 in different regions of Japans’s main island of Honshu.
Replicating the painting onto a metal “canvas” one-tenth the size posed many challenges in capturing every detail in perfect scale, including the group of tiny human figures at the base of the waterfall.
The enameller had to not only mimic the waterfall as it cascaded down the mountainside but also create the illusion of the woodblock printing technique, which produces a specific effect entirely different from enameling.
A particular challenge is that multi-colored prints require the use of multiple woodblocks, with each different color applied in turn, plus the added challenge of reproducing the bokashi effect of subtly nuanced and graduated colors seen in the original. To achieve these illusions, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s master enameller had to develop her own technique.
As with all enameling, the firing process can change colors in unpredictable ways, so for both the back and the front of the Reverso Tribute Enamel Hokusai, many hours of research and experiment were required so that the dial color would perfectly match the painting on the reverse and give a faithful rendering of Hokusai’s original colors. A further 70 working hours were required to paint the miniature masterpiece.
No price has been revealed for the one-off Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Enamel Hokusai Kirifuri Waterfall.
Breitling Releases Limited Edition Premier Chronograph in Burgundy
Breitling releases Premier B09 Chronograph in a new burgundy color, limited to 250 pieces.
Breitling’s latest addition to the Premier Collection has flown relatively under the radar and is a limited edition B09 Chronograph in burgundy limited to 250 pieces.
First introduced in 1943 by Willy Breitling, the “everyday elegant” design of the Premier collection pays homage to three generations of inventors – Léon, Gaston & Willy Breitling – and embodies Breitling’s legacy of inventing the modern Chronograph.
Encased in a 40mm steel case, the new Premier B09 Chronograph features a burgundy colored sunburst dial with Arabic numerals and complementary brown chronograph subregisters in line with the heritage feel of the Premier collection.
Additional rectangular chronograph pushers and design details such as grooves on the case sides, open sapphire case backs and vintage-inspired hands complete the elegant Premier aesthetic.
Powered by Breitling’s in-house B09 movement offering a power reserve of 70 hours, the new Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph Burgundy comes on a brown alligator strap and is limited to 250 pieces priced at US$8,400 each.
IWC Unveils New Portofino 39 Chronograph Trio
The IWC Shaffhausen Portofino family has expanded with the addition of the new 39 Chronograph edition in three new colors.
For over 30 years, IWC’s classic Portofino Collection has represented the laid-back lifestyle of the Mediterranean and is distinguished by its classic round case and uncluttered dial of the “pocket-watch-style wristwatch.”
Now IWC Shaffhausen has released the Portofino as a 39mm chronograph edition with three new colors: a silver-plated dial with gold hands and markers on a black alligator strap, a green dial with a green alligator strap and a black dial, and gold hands/markers on a brown alligator strap.
Enclosed in a polished stainless steel 39mm case, the Portofino 39 features an elegantly clean dial with delicate leaf-shaped hands and two smaller chronograph sub-dials displaying a 30 minute counter and a seconds subdial.
Along with the chronograph stopwatch functions, the Portofino 39s hacking seconds function also gives the wearer the ability to stop the second’s hand when the crown is pulled out to help synchronize time with a second watch.
Powering the Portofino 39 Chronograph is IWC’s 79350 self-winding movement (based on the modified Valjoux 7750) which offers a 44-hour power reserve.
The all-new IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Collection is currently available online with prices starting at $5,900.
Hublot Makes a Splash With New Big Bang Unico Summer
Hublot is making a splash with the new turquoise New Big Bang Unico Summer edition available in select Mediterranean retail stores this Summer.
Hublot is celebrating the warmer weather with the creation of a new turquoise-colored unisex Big Bang Unico Summer edition.
Made with a 42mm aluminum case, the lightweight Big Bang Summer uses anodized satin-finished and polished aluminum to create a modern colored material that guarantees longevity and protects it from scratches.
Powered by the UNICO caliber HUB1280 offering a 72-hour power reserve, the new Big Bang Unico Summer features an oscillating seconds clutch, a chronograph friction system with ball-bearing adjustment, and a column wheel that is visible through the dial.
Equipped with Hublot’s patented interchangeable “One Click” attachment system, the Big Bang Unico Summer comes with two turquoise-colored straps: a Velcro strap with matching stitching and matching sports buckle and a natural rubber strap with deployant clasp made with turquoise anodized aluminum with an engraved logo.
Sharing on the inspiration for the new Big Bang Unico Summer, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe says, “What I love most when traveling is the amazement of the return, wrote Stendhal. This enchantment of the journey that we bring back with us transforms us a little, for the better… And even if daily life has not really changed on our return, our eyes being open to other horizons is enough to lend it new colour.”
“Right from its beginnings, Hublot has adopted a future-focused approach to watchmaking, sparking trends through the many patents it has filed for its innovations. The Big Bang Unico Summer embodies the beauty of our summer experiences. We wanted to give you another shade for this year, to let you relive these magic moments any time you want.”
Priced at US$20,900, the new unisex Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer is limited to 200 pieces and will be available online at hublot.com and in the Mediterranean boutiques in Capri, Forte dei Marmi, Mykonos, Ibiza, Bodrum, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco.