Cinema according to Jaeger-leCoultre


Jaeger-LeCoultre and the World of Cinema

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s affinity with the 7th Art is all about two worlds infused with the same creative effervescence, inspired from a longstanding tradition and the absolute quest of excellence. Jaeger-LeCoultre gives a particular support to those who daily contribute to create and bring life to the art of filmmaking, and attaches great importance to the preservation of its heritage.

Official partner of the Venice International Film Festival for almost a decade, Jaeger-LeCoultre confers each year the Glory to the Filmmaker Award to a filmmaker chosen by the director of the festival.  
Since April 2013, as part of the actions of the "Film Society of Lincoln Center" in New York, Jaeger-LeCoultre has launched the Filmmaker in Residence Program, an initiative which supports a filmmaker in the realization of his future projects. On the occasion of the Shanghai International Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre works to protect the Chinese cinematographic heritage by funding the restoration of old movies.

Also sponsor of the films festivals of San Sebastian, Toronto, Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, Jaeger-LeCoultre is committed to supporting the cinema in all its diversity by standing behind the camera, alongside the artists.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cinema

British actress and director, Carmen Chaplin

She belongs to a long line of artists. On her father's side, Carmen is the granddaughter of one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th century, the actor,  writer,  director and  composer  Charlie Chaplin,  and  great-granddaughter  of  the  playwright Eugene O'Neill. On her mother's side, she is the granddaughter of painter Patrick Betaudier.  
Born in London and raised in Spain and France, the actress, screenwriter and director currently works between Paris, London and New York. Carmen worked with directors such as André Téchiné alongside Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Daniel Auteuil in My Favorite Season, which opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. She co-starred with Ewan McGregor in Philippe Rousselot’s The Serpent’s Kiss, and appears in  Sydney Pollack's Sabrina, as well as Jay Anania's Day on Fire,alongside Olympia Dukakis and Martin Donovan, and with Eva Mendes in All About the Benjamins, directed by Kevin Bray. She has just completed Tryst in Paname, her first short film, which she wrote and directed in Paris, starring her sister Dolores Chaplin and Bambou Gainsbourg. Carmen is currently preparing Bombay Nights, her first feature film, which she also co-wrote and will direct next year in India. She is also preparing a series of documentaries entitled Screen Goddess, co-produced with Rosalie Miller and Sandra Rudich, a series of intimate conversations with two legendary women of cinema, one an icon and the other her successor. 

Jaeger-LeCoultre has shared values and a common mission with the world of cinema: turning every second into an eternal moment.

"I love antique watches and the idea that they have a past and a story to tell… Imagining there is a mechanism as precise as a heart-beat behind these tiny dials fascinates me."

Carmen Chaplin, descendant of one of the great legends of cinema, and Jaeger-LeCoultre have a story to share concerning the Memovox watch owned by Charlie Chaplin. They decided to make an art project of it, the short film A Time for Everything, that will have its premiere on the occasion of Jaeger-LeCoultre 180th anniversary celebrations.

A time for everything by Carmen Chaplin

Actor, director, producer, screenwriter and composer, Charlie Chaplin only had one great adversary. "My only enemy is Time", he often said. Perhaps in the spirit of supporting him in that battle, the country of watchmaking presented him with a timepiece in 1953, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox.
This unique watch was passed down from one wrist to another, through the generations, like a symbol of eternity...This was undoubtedly the reason that Carmen decided to act in this short film alongside her mother and her daughter Uma, three generations of women from the same family to illustrate the idea of transmission, the passage of time and inheritance.

The restoration of the Memovox


The Scuola Grande di San Rocco

A faithful partner of the Venice International Film Festival for the last 10 years, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Swiss watchmaking Manufacture is to further strengthen its links with the city of Venice on the occasion of a new collaboration with a unique venue dedicated to art: the ""Scuola Grande di San Rocco"".

Jaeger-LeCoultre has recently discovered this exceptional locale in Venice immortalised in the works of an artist from times past, the painter Tintoretto (1518-1594). Captivated by this heritage and the beauty of the venue, it seemed a natural choice for Jaeger-LeCoultre to sponsor the Brotherhood of the Scuola Grande de San Rocco.

Jaeger-LeCoultre is to launch a three-year restoration programme with a series of donations. The lights and marblework of the Entrance Hall and the Grand Upper Ballroom will be restored so as to return this unique place to its full glory.

Chefs d œuvre du cinema chinois restaures par Jaeger-LeCoultre
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Chinese Film Masterpieces Restored by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre also partners with the Shanghai International Film Festival. Within this context, Jaeger-LeCoultre organises a gala evening and a charity auction aimed at funding film production in China as well as restoring several classic Chinese films. During the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival, a screening of 'Chinese Film Masterpieces Restored by Jaeger-LeCoultre' is to showcase the results of this project.

James Franco Glory to the Flimmmaker 2014 Cinema universe
James Franco

James Franco is an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author. He began his career on FREAKS AND GEEKS and received a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the biographical film JAMES DEAN. Notable film credits include OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, SPRING BREAKERS, “Harry Osborn” in the SPIDER-MAN trilogy, MILK, THIS IS THE END, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, and 127 HOURS, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. He has directed several features including CHILD OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, SAL, SATURDAY NIGHT, and THE BROKEN TOWER. He has been published several times in magazines and books and is currently teaching college courses at UCLA, USC and CAL ARTS and acting classes at STUDIO 4. He recently made his Broadway debut in OF MICE AND MEN this spring to rave reviews and directed the off-Broadway play THE LONG SHRIFT.

"Glory to the Filmmaker"

With regards to the Venice Film Festival, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture pays tribute to creative ingenuity of filmmakers by conferring the Glory to the Filmmaker Award to a personality "who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema". At the Venice International Film Festival, the list of past honourees makes for fascinating reading: Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009), Mani Ratnam (2010), Al Pacino (2011), Spike Lee (2012), Ettore Scola (2013), the first Italian director to receive this award, and James Franco (2014).

Lisandro Alonso Filmmaker in residence 2014
Lisandro Alonso


Lisandro Alonso has been described as a maverick of the New Argentine Cinema, one of the most accomplished and original artists working in Latin American cinema today.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1975, the filmmaker has directed four features prior to this year: LA LIBERTAD (2001), LOS MUERTOS (2004), FANTASMA (2006), and LIVERPOOL (2008), all of which have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and have established his reputation as a creator of a minimalist cinema that bends the traditions of both documentary and narrative film.
His work has been acknowledged on several occasions including the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize, the Award given by the International Federation of Film Critics during films festivals worldwide. Lisandro Alonso also debuted his most recent work, JAUJA, starring Viggo Mortensen, at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where the film won the FIPRESCI Prize and was nominated for the “Un Certain Regard” Award.



Filmmaker in Residence

As part of their multi-year partnership, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Film Society of Lincoln Center launched the “Filmmaker in Residence” initiative in 2013. An annual initiative designed to further cement both organizations’ roles within the film community, and support of the arts. Each year, an artist will have the opportunity to focus on developing or refining new works in New York City. During the residency, the emerging or established talent may participate in master classes, mentorships or cultural exchange and enrichment film programs with the Film Society of Lincoln members, the film community and the public. In 2013, English filmmaker Andrea Arnold utilized her residency to develop the script and work on pre-production details for her next film “American Honey”, followed by Argentinian filmmaker Lisandro Alonso in 2014.

2014 TIFF Rising Stars Cinema
2014 TIFF Rising Stars


Sophie Desmarais: Sophie garnered critical acclaim in Sarah Prefers to Run that rocketed her to the top of Indiewire’s “10 Actors to Watch” list at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. She made her English-language feature film debut in Head in the Clouds, cast opposite Charlize Theron and Penélope Cruz. Sophie can next be seen in Qu’est-ce qu’on fait ici?, Henri Henri and Gurov and Anna.

Julia Sarah Stone: Julia had her breakout performance in The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom for which she won the prize for Best Performance in an International Feature at the LA Young Artist Awards. Julia stars in the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival selection Wet Bum and can next be seen in Every Thing Will Be Fine, Vernon God Little, and F/X pilot, How and Why.

Shannon Kook: Shannon Kook made guest appearances on the popular CBC series The Border and Being Erica, Disney XD’s Aaron Stone, and the award-winning HBO series Durham County. He had his breakout performance in The Conjuring. Shannon can next be seen in Dark Places.

Alexandre Landry: Alexandre had his major breakout performance in Gabrielle directed by Louise Archambault for which he garnered critical acclaim and international awards. Alexandre can be seen at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in a starring role in L’amour au temps de la guerre civile.

TIFF Rising Stars

As the Official Sponsor of Timepieces of the Toronto International Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to support to the TIFF Rising Stars, an initiative that immerses four up-and-coming Canada’s actors in a series of public events and private industry meetings in order to be mentored in the different facets of the industry. Previous TIFF Rising Stars included Sarah Gadon, Katie Boland, Tatiana Maslany, Evelyne Brochu, Megan Park. The 2014 TIFF Rising Stars are Sophie Desmarais, Julia Sarah Stone, Shannon Kook, and Alexandre Landry.

Time to Smile San Sebastian Film Festival 2014

A spirit of solidarity will reign at the competition again this year in the form of the "Time to smile: No time to waste, just lives to transform" charitable initiative which aims to keep a smile on the faces of children suffering from cancer. Among the activities on offer at the 62nd edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival will be an exhibition of photographs by Belén Rueda, Eduard Fernández, Imanol Arias, Juana Acosta, Manuela Vellés and Miguel Ángel Muñoz who, as special contributors, agreed to donate their pictures (focused on the theme of Childhood, Solidarity and Time) to this charitable initiative. These will be on display in the Jaeger-LeCoultre VIP Lounge in Hotel María Cristina.

TIME TO SMILE: No time to waste, just lives to transform

Jaeger-LeCoultre, the world's first Swiss watchmaker founded in 1833, will sponsor the San Sebastián Film Festival for the third year running and will join forces with the Fundación Aladina charity to run a project to help children in need.

Shanghai, Venice, New York,
San Sebastián, Abu Dhabi, Toronto...

Film Festivals

From Venice to Shanghai, Abu Dhabi to New York, for the past 10 years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been supporting international cinema, writing its name within the pages of the movie history books. We take a look at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s film festival legacy.
Venice International Film Festival
Jaeger-LeCoultre récompense James Franco
Jaeger-LeCoultre honors James Franco in Venice
Venice International Film Festival

The art of making time stand still, of sublimating the moment, of giving life to a work that is unique because it is fashioned by the human hand. The art of revealing an artist’s unique vision of time. Filmmaker, watchmaker, actor, jeweller… each artist is an artisan of emotions. For nine consecutive years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has paid tribute to the talent of these creators of wonderment.

From 28th August to 7th September, 2013, on the occasion of the 70th Venice International Film Festival organized by the Biennale di Venezia, Jaeger-LeCoultre will unveil its own dream cast of exceptional haute horlogerie creations and present its Jubilee collection.

As a loyal sponsor, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be actively involved in all major events of the festival, adorning the stars with its finest creations and presenting a personalized Reverso watch to the winners of the Best Film (Leone d’Oro, the Golden Lion Award), the Best Actress and Best Actor of the year (Coppa Volpi Awards).  The watches will feature a lacquered engraving depicting a lion, the symbol of Venice, handcrafted in accordance with the finest traditions, and bear the inscription “70. Mostra"".For close to a decade, Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has recognized the creative ingenuity of filmmakers through the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice International Film Festival, presented to a personality that has brought “great innovation to contemporary cinema"".Past honorees included Takeshi Kitano in 2007, Agnès Varda and Abbas Kirostami in 2008, Sylvester Stallone in 2009, Indian film director Mani Ratnam in 2010, Al Pacino in 2011 and Spike Lee in 2012.

For the third consecutive year Jaeger-LeCoultre renews its commitment to the charity initiative in support of the Emergency association.

Shanghai International Film Festival

In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre announced that it would partner with the Shanghai International Film Festival for a period of three years, the primary purpose of which was to support the restoration of a number of classic Chinese films. This was the first time that a private watch company had made a commitment to support the restoration of classic films in China.  The company has remained a steadfast supporter in this endeavour to conserve China’s rich cinematic history.  

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2012 - Jaeger-LeCoultre once again seals its bond with art and cinema sponsoring for the first year the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain, in honour of  its 60th edition. During the festival a selection of the best international films from the four corners of the globe will compete for the Golden Shell and other official Festival awards. 

Abu Dhabi Festival du Film
Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2012 - The art of making time stand still, of sublimating the moment, of giving life to a work that is unique because it is fashioned by the human hand. The art of revealing an artist’s unique vision of time. Filmmaker, watchmaker, actor, jeweller… each artist is an artisan of emotions. For the last three years, Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has proudly paid tribute to Arab talent in supporting the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

New York Film Festival 2014
New York Film Festival

In 2013, Jaeger-LeCoultre announced a new multi-year partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, America’s pre-eminent New York based non-profit film organization. As part of this association, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Filmmaker in Residence initiative. Each year, an artist will have the opportunity to focus on developing or refining new works in New York City. The partnership also extends to two of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s most prestigious annual events; the Annual Chaplin Award Gala and the New York Film Festival, a 17-day celebration showcasing the best and most significant films of the year from around the world.

Toronto International Film festival 2015
Toronto International Film Festival®

Toronto International Film Festival®

As the Official Sponsor of Timepieces of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2014, Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to celebrate the best of International and Canadian cinema and embrace creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals -- a "festival of festivals" -- the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most successful cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform to premiere films. Boasting a public eager for the best in contemporary film, as well as international attention, the Toronto International Film Festival is considered the premiere film festival in North America.

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Seen on the wrist

Actors have also been key characters in Jaeger-LeCoultre's own story with its timepieces gracing the wrists of many of Cinema's most famous names, such as the Joaillerie 101 watches on the wrist of Diane Kruger, or the Duometre Unique Travel Time on that of Clive Owen.
Diane Kruger
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Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin Duetto Duo
Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin Duetto Duo
Grande Reverso
Lady Ultra Thin Duetto Duo
Diane Kruger
Showcasing the Duetto concept of two dials operated by a single movement, this Reverso watch enables its owner to express the myriad facets of her personality. Whenever you desire, the superb guilloché dial on the front can be replaced by the second time zone and magnificent mother-of-pearl marquetry on the back, all with a single turn of the case.
Clive Owen
Duomètre Unique Travel Time
Duomètre Unique Travel Time
Duomètre Unique Travel Time
Clive Owen
The first watch to combine user-friendly access to the world's time zones with flexible setting of the time to the nearest minute in the destination zone.
Sarah Gadon
Rendez-Vous Night & Day
Rendez-Vous Night & Day
Rendez-Vous Night & Day
Sarah Gadon
The Rendez-Vous collection distils all the skills cultivated by Jaeger-LeCoultre over 180 years. It embodies the perfection of the true art of watchmaking – that which transcends time is all the better to master it. The watch is graced with the charm of the finest creations, which come together in a disarming combination of technology and sheer beauty.
Zhao Wei
Rendez-Vous Celestial
Rendez-Vous Celestial
Rendez-Vous Celestial
Zhao Wei
A union of watchmaking and poetry... The passage of the constellations in the Northern Hemisphere, the signs of the zodiac and the months are displayed on a lapis-lazuli dial, guilloché in deepest blue. A mysterious hand in the form of a star subtly indicates the chosen time for your next rendezvous.