Town & Country (Philippines) - - BRIGHT THINGS WATCHES -

art deco, the style that set the world ablaze in the 1920s, was cre­ated to sub­vert the tra­di­tional no­tions of el­e­gance. It cham­pi­oned the clean and sim­ple, man­i­fest­ing in straight lines, geo­met­ric shapes, and mod­ern forms and ma­te­ri­als (Bake­lite, any­one?). In women’s cloth­ing, looser shapes, lots of fab­rics, and non-ex­is­tent waist­lines, com­ple­mented by bobbed hair un­der a cloche hat were all the rage. In other words, less frou-frou but still chi-chi: ex­pen­sive, so­phis­ti­cated, and, yes, dar­ing.

Be­cause of this move­ment, the style that de­buted at the In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion of mod­ern dec­o­ra­tive and In­dus­trial arts in Paris in 1925 has re­mained pop­u­lar over 90 years later. we still see it in fur­ni­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture, but also in many pop­u­lar pre­cious ob­jects, such as the Rev­erso de­signed by watch­maker Jaeger-LeCoul­tre.

one could ar­gue that the time­piece with two faces, a de­sign ele­ment that was cre­ated to pro­tect the watch di­als of polo play­ers, is most faith­ful to the art deco style be­cause of its ge­nius switcheroo trick, as well as its sin­gu­lar form: a sliver of a rec­tan­gle framed by three fluted lines, known as gadroons, on the top and bot­tom of the watch case. The Rev­erso one duetto jewelry watch, in par­tic­u­lar, pushes the en­ve­lope even fur­ther, up­ping its dose of el­e­gance and fem­i­nin­ity with an 18-karat pink gold ver­sion. Jaeger-lecoul­ture’s mas­ter jew­el­ers were up to the task of cre­at­ing this new model, and they did not dis­ap­point: on its re­verse pink gold dial, bril­liant-cut di­a­monds cre­ate a graphic lozenge pat­tern. Not to be out­done, a moth­erof-pearl front dial is fur­ther em­bel­lished with hand-drawn ara­bic nu­mer­als.

The Rev­erso one duetto is an ex­quis­ite piece that can be worn dur­ing the day with a pair of jeans, or dressed up in the evenings. with more than 400 di­a­monds em­bel­lish­ing the watch, it could be the most daz­zling state­ment piece that you’ll ever need. Green­belt 5, 728.0094.

By Clif­ford Olan­day

FLASH DAnCE The Jaeger-LeCoul­tre rev­erso one Duetto features a dis­tinct lozenge pat­tern on its 18-karat pink gold bracelet strap.


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