Jaeger-LeCoultre as a brand is incredibly well known for their reverso line of watches, and they have made countless watches all with a different significance or design being showcased. This watch will be Jaeger-LeCoultre’s second watch that is honouring the same artist, Katsushika Hokusai who is most famously known for the Great Wave Off Kanagawa. Which back in 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre released a reverso honouring that art piece which was only limited to 8 pieces worldwide. This new watch showcases the Kirifuri Waterfall another famous art piece by Katsushika Hokusai and the attention to detail is astonishing.
Katsushika Hokusai isconsidered as Japan’s most famous artist, he was known as an ukiyo-e artist and printmaker. Ukiyo-e literally means “Pictures of the Floating World,” which is a style of Japanese woodblock print and painting from the Edo period depicting all sorts of scenes and people during the Edo period. His artwork has not only influenced generations of artists and creators, they have also influenced watchmakers from the likes of Islander, Grand Seiko and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This watch is powered by the manual Calibre 822 movement, which is possibly the only normal aspect of the watch aside from the leather strap compared to the rest of the watch in particular the dials. The movement has a 42 hour power reserve at a 21,600 bhp beat rate and is paired with a black alligator strap.
The reason it is limited to 10 pieces worldwide is because much like the previous watch released in 2018, the amount of work and detail put into a single watch. As stated by Jaeger-LeCoultre the front dial itself takes about 5 hours of work as it is guilloché with small waves and embossed under a green translucent enamel. On top of that there were hours of research put in order for the colour to perfectly match the painting on the reverse. Which really takes the bulk of the work, as each reverse has 70 hours of work, which once zoomed in even more evident due to the attention of detail. The original print measures 37cm by 24.5cm, while the white gold case of the watch only measures 4.55cm by 2.74cm but still manages to not only show the signature of the original artist but also the people down at the bottom of the waterfall.
The amount of work and attention to detail shown on this watch is extraordinary especially for the limited size the person had to recreate the art piece. It is understandable as to why it is limited to 10 pieces worldwide as it is inconceivable for Jaeger-LeCoultre to keep making this watch as so much work goes just into the creation of one side of the dial. The watch is available through authorised dealers at a price of €80,000, however since the number is so limited the chances of being able to get this watch at retail will be slim to none for most people.