Jaeger-LeCoultre Introduces the Reverso Secret Necklace: A Unique and Timeless Jewel
Watch & Bullion2 April 2023 | 3 min read
Jaeger-LeCoultre, the leading watch manufacturer, has unveiled a new, gracefully feminine way to wear time – the Reverso Secret Necklace. This stunning piece combines high jewellery, rare handcrafts, and fine watchmaking, paying homage to the Reverso’s Art Deco origins.
Women have long influenced the aesthetics of timepieces, driving the development of watches as functional and fashionable accessories. Early in its history, Jaeger-LeCoultre began crafting watches for women, skillfully merging horology and jewellery. Initially designed for male polo players in 1931, the Reverso soon appeared in feminine forms, including brooches, handbag clips, and pendants.
In 2023, the Reverso Secret Necklace takes this creative legacy to new heights. It transforms the iconic Reverso design into a stunning sautoir, or long necklace, featuring a chain of intricate diamond-set links and polished onyx beads. The necklace suspends a richly gem-set Reverso, while two onyx charm pendants add elegance to this unique time-telling accessory.
In high jewellery watches, secret watches – timepieces with hidden dials – have a storied history. The Reverso’s swivelling case is a clever twist on this concept, as it conceals the time when flipped over. The Reverso Secret Necklace is a dazzling Art Deco-inspired jewel that reveals its time-telling ability only when the wearer chooses to do so.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is among the few watchmakers with a Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts) atelier, enabling artisans to collaborate closely and exchange ideas. The Reverso Secret Necklace’s pink gold case features an intricate pattern of white diamonds and black onyx on the reverse side. Grain-set diamonds adorn the case’s convex sides and frame the dial. In contrast, white diamonds accent the dial’s centre and corner brackets.
The necklace’s supple chain comprises hundreds of tiny diamond-set links, demanding exceptional skill and talent from the artisans. Crafted from polished onyx, pink gold, and diamonds, the clasp further showcases the jewellery arts. The Reverso Secret Necklace is adorned with over 3,000 diamonds, requiring over 300 hours of meticulous work.
The manually-wound Calibre 846, developed and produced in-house, powers the Reverso Secret Necklace. This movement, designed specifically for the Reverso, comprises 93 parts and follows the rectangular case’s contours, exemplifying Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to mechanical excellence.
The Reverso Secret Necklace is a rare and noble union of high jewellery, rare handcrafts, and fine watchmaking. Its technical characteristics include an 18-carat pink gold case, dimensions of 36.78 x 18 mm x 9.51 mm, an 80 cm onyx bead and diamond-set link necklace, a manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846, hours and minutes functions, a 38-hour power reserve, a black onyx and diamond dial, and a black onyx and diamond caseback. With over 3,000 diamonds totalling approximately 18 carats, this limited production piece (Reference Q3272301) is an exquisite creation that reimagines the Reverso for a new generation of discerning women.
In conclusion, the Reverso Secret Necklace by Jaeger-LeCoultre is a testament to the brand’s commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence, with the work that goes behind the scenes beautifully highlighted in their latest “In the Making” Video Series.
This stunning piece unites high jewellery, rare handcrafts, and fine watchmaking in a beautiful, unique accessory that pays homage to the Reverso’s Art Deco origins. The Reverso Secret Necklace is an exquisite time-telling jewel and a celebration of the rich history and expertise of Jaeger-LeCoultre, creating a timeless statement piece for discerning women around the world.
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