Cinema according to Jaeger-leCoultre


Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Shanghai International Film Festival partner to restore Chinese cinema classics

Fully committed in its efforts to save China's rich cinematographic heritage, Swiss watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first private company to participate in such film restoration work in China. Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Shanghai International Film Festival officially began their partnership in 2011, within the past three years, Jaeger-LeCoultre has contributed to the restoration of six Chinese cinema classics.

Newly restored by the Cineteca di Bologna’s film restoration laboratory in Italy, under the patronage of Jaeger-LeCoultre, "Wu Tai Jie Mei" (“Two Stage Sisters”) has attracted much attention due to its importance in Chinese film history and its distinction as the first Chinese classic film to employ 4K restoration technology.

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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.

Ettore Scola, Italian director

Ettore Scola is one of the screenwriters and directors who has contributed most significantly to the artistic development of Italian cinema. A contributor in his youth to the Roman satirical magazine “Marc’Aurelio” (with Federico Fellini), he made his debut as a screenwriter in the early 1950’s, and moved behind the camera in the mid-1960’s. As the author of screenplays, he may be considered as one of the founding fathers of Italian-style comedy, taking part in the creation of some of the most important films of this genre. Later, as a director, he progressively shifted his interest towards other themes and more complex narrative solutions. After Brutti, sporchi e cattivi (Ugly, Dirty and Bad, 1976), which won him the Best Director award at Cannes, he made Una giornata particolare (A Special Day, 1977, nominated for the Oscar as Best Foreign Film). Then, La Terrazza (The Terrace, 1980), Ballando ballando (Le Bal, 1983, nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film and winner of two César awards), La famiglia (The Family, 1986, candidate for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film), the intimate Che ora è? (What Time Is It?,1989), La cena (The Dinner, 1998), Concorrenza sleale (Unfair Competition, 2001) and more recently, the semi-documentary film Gente di Roma (People of Rome, 2003). In 2011 Ettore Scola won the David di Donatello for Lifetime Achievement on the occasion of his 80th.

"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), followed in 2013 by Ettore Scola, the first Italian director to receive this award.

Andrea Arnold, British director

Andrea Arnold is an English director and writer who made her debut with two short films, MILK in 1998 and DOG, in 2001. In 2005, Arnold won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for WASP and her first feature film, RED ROAD won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2006. Her 2009 film FISH TANK starring Kate Jarvis and Michael Fassbender, once again won the Jury Prize and in 2011, she directed an adaptation of Emily Bronte’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS. The film was shown at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Osella for Best Cinematography

Filmmaker in Residence

The Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre have launched the "Filmmaker in Residence" project. Every year, a committee selects an artist who is given the opportunity to design or improve a filmmaking project in New York and to take part in programmes and dialogues with professionals from the world of cinema and the public.

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
Ettore Scola takes home the "Glory to the Filmmaker" prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.
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

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, Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Filmmaker in Residence initiative, an annual programme designed to further cement both organizations’ roles within the film community and the art world at large. The new partnership also extends to two of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s most prestigious annual events: the 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala and the 51st New York Film Festival, a 17-day celebration showcasing the best and most significant films of the year from around the world.

Festival International du Film de Toronto
Los Angeles and Toronto

Los Angeles Film Festival

2014 - Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to support and honor filmmaking at the Los Angeles Film Festival and give their “Glory to the filmmaker” Award during the “Women who Call the Shots: A Celebration of Women Directors and Showrunners” event, a tribute to women directors and showrunners who are changing the stories on the screen and the statistics in Hollywood with their contributions.

The Los Angeles Film Festival takes place at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles, with a diverse slate of nearly 200 features, shorts and music videos from 40 countries.  The Festival’s signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film at The GRAMMY Museum®, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, LA Muse and more.

Toronto International Film Festival®

2014 - As the Official Sponsor of Timepieces of the Toronto International Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to celebrate the best of International and Canadian cinema and embrace creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. A special highlight of the festival supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre is given to the TIFF Rising Stars, an initiative that immerses four selected actors in a series of public events and private industry meetings at the Festival.

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.

® Toronto International Film Festival, used under license


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.