During Quill & Pad’s on location visit to Jaeger-LeCoultre in Le Sentier, Ian and I had the unique chance to take a lesson in enameling from the brand’s self-taught master Miklos Merczel.
Merczel’s story is an interesting one, and jibes with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s common history with this art form: historically and uniquely on request, Jaeger-LeCoultre has famously placed enameled miniature paintings on the flip side of the Reverso case.
Since 1992 − that’s 22 years now − self-taught master enameler Merczel, has been painting these miniature masterpieces within the manufacture.
“We had to ‘relearn’ the art of enameling but using modern materials, and it took a lot of time to perfect it,” marketing and product director Stéphane Belmont explained during the visit. “When Miklos started, he was actually a watchmaker, and he used to paint at home because he was very much interested in it.”