The Best of the Best 2003: Style - Jaeger-LeCoultre

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2003
  • James D. Malcomson

Jaeger-LeCoultre has created the most impressive jewelry watch of
the year by breaking the rules of conventional gem setting. Forsaking the uniform rows of carefully matched stones found on a normal pavé diamond watch, the Reverso Neva ($41,700) weaves a more natural pattern from stones of different sizes.

Called the “snowflake” setting, the technique is the brainchild of master gem setter Alain Kirchhof, who uses diamonds ranging from 0.6 to 1 millimeter in diameter. The variation in size allows the setter a degree of artistic expression in placing the more than 550 diamonds on the case, making each timepiece unique. The undulating pavé fields of the Reverso Neva showcase the full potential of the technique, giving the piece a soft, lively quality that is impossible to duplicate with traditional pavé methods.
It is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s particular point of pride that it has applied the Reverso design to almost every imaginable watchmaking complication. The Neva’s snowflake setting is yet another sublime adaptation of the Reverso’s remarkable convertibility. Rarely has the company’s technical expertise yielded such femininely beautiful results.
 
Jaeger-LeCoultre, 800.JLC.TIME, www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

From Around the Web...
These beautiful new watches prove that complicated watchmaking isn’t just a man’s game…
Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astro­nomical Grand Complication 3600 (about $1 million)
The Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 has a million-dollar price tag…
Monobloc Actuator
Porsche Design’s Monobloc Actuator Rewrites the Rules of Chronograph Design
Upcoming Baselworld launches and earlier releases from SIHH prove the vintage-inspired trend is far...
The masters of haute horlogerie continue to impress through the first quarter of 2017…
Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT
The vibrant navy case of the new GMT dive watch might just help you shake those blues...
We took a minute away from the contest to decide which of our favorite watches paired best with the...
Sarpaneva Korona K0 Daredevil Dawn
Stepan Sarpaneva’s new model is a nod to risk takers and his early passion for motorcycles…
The brand expands Laureato line with a unisex 38 mm size and new case and bracelet options…
George Bamford
Robb Report sits down with George Bamford of Bamford Watch department for a closer look at some of...