This year it’s 350 years ago that famous Dutch painter Rembrandt passed away. He is known as one of the greatest artists in history and Holland’s most renowned master. During the year of Rembrandt the artisans at Jaeger-LeCoultre re-created the ‘The Night Watch’. Transferring the main characters of this iconic masterpiece on the dial. Together with boutique partner GASSAN they present the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso in tribute to Rembrandt.
Born in 1606, Rembrandt grew up becoming an innovative master and is considered as one of the greatest artists. During his career he created many biblical and mythological scenes. Many of them in dark, high contrast and large sizes. That’s also the style he used for his most famous painting. Commissioned for a musketeers shooting range he created a group portrait of civil militia guards. This painting was created at a whopping 393 x 515 centimeters and it was on display in the ‘Kloveniersdoelen’. In the 1700’s it was relocated to the town hall of Amsterdam. In order to make the massive painting fit it was slightly altered in size. Due to a dark varnish this painting was named ‘De Nachtwacht‘ (the night watch) and nowadays it is on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Rembrandt passed away in 1669 at the age of 63.
This year marks the death of the Dutch master 350 years ago and he is being celebrated for in the year of Rembrandt. During this year there wil be exhibitions and special events to commemorate Rembrandt van Rijn. But we’re an online magazine and not on art so let’s get to the point. In order to celebrate this special year GASSAN Diamonds wanted to create something special, combining art, craftsmanship and heritage. So in close cooperation with GASSAN, the Rijksmuseum and Jaeger-LeCoulte the center piece of the ‘Nachtwacht’ has been reproduced on the dial of the Reverso.
One of the challenges for this watch is to transfer the massive painting onto the limited space of the dial. During a visit to the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture we did some years ago we got to see how the micro paintings are made. When having a closer look you can see how incredibly detailed the enamel painting actually is. And when comparing it to the original masterpiece you will see what a great job the artisans at Jaeger-LeCoultre have done.
Having covered Reverso many times in the past, including other artist editions there isn’t much need to dive too deep into the technical specs of the watch. The Reverso Rembrandt will be limited to 5 boutique pieces with a retail price of 100.000 Euro including tax.
Bert Buijsrogge has worked in the real-estate business for 15 years and combined his passion for watches and photography over the years. He became famous for his watch photography and created a specific branded watch calendar for a number of... read more