Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Secretе: HIGH JEWELLERY MEETS HIGH WATCHMAKING
The Reverso Secret Necklace transforms the design icon into a graceful and feminine sautoir, or long necklace. It is an exquisite creation that represents a rare and noble marriage of high jewellery, rare handcrafts and fine watchmaking.
The faithful adherence to the codes of Reverso since 1931 has allowed Jaeger-LeCoultre’s designers creative freedom to reinterpret its distinctive swivelling case without sacrificing its identity or integrity. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre takes this creative legacy to a new level, presenting a new interpretation of the Reverso in the form of a magnificent piece of high jewellery: the Reverso Secret Necklace.
The cordonnet, the original black textile bracelet, seen on Reverso models of the 1930s has been reimagined as a supple chain of intricate diamond-set links and polished onyx beads, from which a richly gem-set Reverso is suspended. Worn with the case back turned to the front, the Reverso Secret Necklace conceals its secret power of time-telling until the wearer chooses to reveal it. Two pendants of polished onyx charms add a refined flourish to this elegant new way of wearing the time.
When the Reverso Secret Necklace is swivelled to its time-telling side, the dial appears to observers to be upside-down, however, it is set that way so that the wearer can read the time naturally as she lifts the watch to her line of sight, revealing an elegantly decorated dial.
Each of the hundreds of tiny links that form the supple chain has been set with diamonds – a particularly demanding process as it requires great skill and dexterity to manipulate such tiny elements. For this timepiece, the gem-setting requires over 300 hours of meticulous work that is one in our Atelier of Metiers Rares.
Concealed within the case, the movement that powers the Reverso Secret Necklace is testament to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to mechanical excellence. Developed and produced entirely in house and comprising 93 parts, the manually wound Calibre 846 was created specifically for the Reverso and, in keeping with the Manufacture’s philosophy of product integrity, is shaped to follow the contours of the rectangular case.