Vincent van Gogh
Dutch Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh was almost unnoticed during his (short) life time. Up to his death, age 37, he just sold one painting, “La vigne rouge”. However, he painted more than 2100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings. He did as such in just about a decade, as he just started painting in his late 20’s. Previously, he was working for a firm of art dealers in The Hague, London and Paris. At the point when he moved to Paris in 1886 to live with his sibling Theo van Gogh (art dealer), in Montmartre, where he got his own studio. Here is the place where he painted the “Self portrait as a painter” in 1887/1888. This painting is one of his most popular works and can be admired in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Unfortunately, little is thought about Vincent van Gogh’s period in Paris. This is one of only a handful few exemptions however, as Vincent had an enthusiastic exchange of letters (many them) with his sibling Theo during his life. Just after he completed the “self portrait as a painter” he moved to Arles, in the south of France. Here is the place where he experienced his artistic break-through, with “Vase with Twelve Sunflowers” as a highlight”.
Self Portrait as a Painter
Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Self Portrait as a Painter’ can now also be admired on the dial of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse. It is actually the second arrangement of a Reverso à Eclipse with a Vincent Van Gogh painting on the dial. Last year, for the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh, there was a Reverso à Eclipse with his notorious Sunflowers on the dial.
This year, which also marks the 85th anniversary of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch, another arrangement of four watches are being presented with a Vincent van Gogh painting.
The idea for this collaboration was brought into the world in Amsterdam, by the store partner of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Gassan. Gassan figured it is fascinating to create something along with Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has a workshop that specialized in miniature enamel painting for their watches. It is a rare and artistic work tradition, and Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the not many manufactures that masters it.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse
We had the chance to admire the Reverso à Eclipse Tribute to Vincent van Gogh in the flesh, in Amsterdam. Our photographer Bert Buijsrogge was able to utilize a rare facsimile version of Vincent van Gogh’s sketch books along with the platinum Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse.
As composed above, just four of these watches will be made and only displayed in the Van Gogh Museum. This notwithstanding, doesn’t mean that you can’t get them obviously. These platinum Reverso à Eclipse watches will have a retail cost of €101,000 Euro each.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso itself doesn’t need a presentation here. We have covered it many occasions. The special feature about this reference notwithstanding, is that not just the case can be turned around, also the dial can be opened and shut (à Eclipse). A little wheel that is located enables you to open and close the dial. When opened, the Vincent van Gogh ‘Self Portrait as a Painter’ appears. This mechanism was also utilized in , that was restricted to five watches.
Jaeger-LeCoultre prepared this Reverso à Eclipse with their hand-wound caliber 849 development. A ultra-flimsy (1.85mm thick) and small round development. It leaves sufficient space to be free and creative with the painting and Eclipse mechanism.
With a particularly small creation of this platinum Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse with Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Self Portrait as a Painter’ on the dial, you can say it is rare and extraordinary. On the off chance that you have the likelihood to visit the , by all means do. Make sure, in the event that you aren’t Dutch, correctly.
Below, more images of the Reverso à Eclipse Tribute to Vincent van Gogh.