Jaeger-LeCoultre honored Charlie Chaplin in New-York

05.05.14

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Carmen Chaplin at the 41st Annual Chaplin Award 
Jaeger-LeCoultre joined the Film Society of Lincoln Center in honoring Rob Reiner as the recipient of the 41st Annual Chaplin Award in New York. Carmen Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter, attended the prestigious Gala to pay tribute to her grandfather whose talent made its mark on history. Considered one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth century, Charlie Chaplin was the first emblematic figure of Cinema to be awarded by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 and honored Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has honored many of the film industry’s most notable talents. 

 
The celebration was also attended by a host of notorious guests honoring the director, producer, actor, and political activist Rob Reiner and included movie and interview clips culminating in the presentation of The Chaplin Award by Martin Scorsese. The evening’s proceedings also included appearances by Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Michael McKean, Meg Ryan. 
 
Prior to the Chaplin Award Gala, a unique photographic exhibition “Chaplin Forever!”, paying tribute to Charlie Chaplin was inaugurated at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 
 
Jaeger-LeCoultre inaugurated “Chaplin Forever!” Exhibition
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated the opening of “Chaplin Forever!”, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Chaplin’s character “The Little Tramp”, held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. His costume, his gait, his facial expressions… At the mere mention of “The Little Tramp” or Charlie Chaplin, an iconic image comes to mind. Curated by the Musée de l’Elysée located in Lausanne, Switzerland, this unique photographic exhibition paid homage to the beloved actor and producer Charlie Chaplin and retraced the most famous moments of his career. In addition to the exhibition was also exposed the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch that belonged to Charlie Chaplin. On this special occasion, Carmen Chaplin screened her two short movies “A Time For Everything” and “The Innovators” as a tribute to her grandfather’s legacy. 
 
“This exhibition came about because Jaeger-LeCoultre has a story to share about Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin was a Swiss resident for 25 years. When his family settled there, the Swiss government wished to give a welcome present to this great man. Charles Spencer Chaplin received a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watch, engraved with the words: “Hommage du gouvernement Vaudois à Charlie Chaplin - 6 October 1953“(A tribute from the government of the Canton of Vaud to Charlie Chaplin – October 6th, 1953). Following in the steps of this gift, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Carmen Chaplin decided to join forces to perpetuate the legend of Charlie Chaplin“ Daniel Riedo, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, highlighted.
 
Involved in the world of filmmaking for several years now, Jaeger-LeCoutre has a longstanding engagement in supporting the appreciation and preservation of film. Supported by a unique inventive spirit, Jaeger-LeCoultre is commited to a constant quest for excellence, as did Charlie Chaplin when making movies.