Jaeger-LeCoultre blends the arts of horology and jewelry with its latest creation – the Reverso Secret Necklace. The cordonnet, the original black textile bracelet seen on Reverso watches of the 1930s has been reinvisioned as a supple chain of intricate diamond-set links and polished onyx beads. Two pendants of polished onyx charms add a refined touch to this elegant piece of jewelry.
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 showcase it; worn with the front dial showing, it is an exquisite timepiece that hides its reverse side. It is notable that while the dial appears to observers to be upside-down, it is set that way so that the wearer can read the time naturally as she lifts the watch to her line of sight.
The reverse side of the pink gold case is embellished with white diamonds and black onyx in an intricate pattern of geometric repeats, contrasting with the warm tone of the metal. Vertical rows of grain-set diamonds wrap around the convex sides of the case and frame the dial. The center of the dial is set with white diamonds, as are the signature brackets that define each corner of the dial. Each of the hundreds of tiny links that form the supple chain has been set with diamonds. The clasp of the necklace is formed of polished onyx, pink gold and diamonds and the triangular sections that attach the cordonnet to the top and bottom of the case are also adorned with diamonds set in pink gold on a background of black onyx. With over 3,000 diamonds, the gem-setting on the Reverso Secret Necklace requires over 300 hours of work for Métiers Rares® atelier artisans.
The movement is concealed within the case. Developed and produced entirely in-house and comprising 93 parts, the manually-wound Calibre 846 was crafted specifically for the Reverso and is shaped to follow the contours of the rectangular case.
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