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.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Venice - sponsorship Venice Film Festival Brian de Palma Glory to the filmmaker 2015

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.

Brian de Palma - Cinema section
Brian De Palma

Regarding this award, the Director of the Festival Alberto Barbera declared, “The child of an artistic era (the ‘70s) full of innovative ferment, Brian De Palma has made a name for himself as one of the most skillful directors in constructing perfect narrative mechanics with great creative freedom, experimenting with new technical solutions, rejecting the classic rules of the language, abandoning himself to aesthetic virtuosity, and celebrating his favorite authors. When watching a movie by Brian De Palma, we revert to being basic spectators. Although our eyes are wide open to avoid falling into the trap, we know full well we’re bound to fall into it anyway. De Palma’s cinema is playful to the nth degree; it is a pleasure for the eyes and at the same time a game that tantalizes the cinéphile. He has never lost the curiosity of the experimenter as he reinvents the already-seen, and when it comes to constructing and manipulating images, this fundamental trait makes De Palma one of the greatest innovators who came of age in the shadow of the New Hollywood.”

"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, James Franco (2014), Brian de Palma (2015).

New York Film Festival Athina Tsangari 2015
Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari is a Greek filmmaker, based occasionally in the U.S. She studied at New York University and University of Texas Austin. She directed Attenberg (NDNF 2011), produced and had a supporting role in Before Midnight (she is good friends with Richard Linklater), and produces all of Yorgos Lanthimos's films (including Dogtooth ). She is charismatic and
well-connected and has also worked in the fashion and art worlds, including a short film in 2012 for a window display at Barneys commissioned by the Deste Foundation. Last year she taught filmmaking at Harvard and she is a Harvard Radcliffe Fellow for the 2015/16 academic year. Athina’s feature Chevalier , will be premiering at Locarno this year.

Filmmaker in Residence

Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the selection of writer and director Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg, 2011 New Directors/New Films)
as their 2015 Filmmaker in Residence, the third annual initiative and partnership between the two organizations. Previous participants include award-winning directors Lisandro Alonso (Jauja) and Andrea Arnold (Red Road). Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center said: “We are very excited to welcome Athina Tsangari as the third annual Filmmaker in Residence during the 53rd New York Film Festival. Athina is a dynamic and fearless filmmaker, and we are thrilled to provide her with the space and time to develop new work while connecting her with a vibrant New York film community. Athina has already had a remarkable career, and we are so excited to see what she does next.” During her residency in New York, Athina Tsangari will be working on a screwball action-thriller called White Knuckles.  Her newest feature, Chevalier, is a buddy comedy that takes place on a luxury yacht astray on the Aegean Sea and will have its world premiere in August at the Locarno Film Festival.

Robert Redford Chaplin Award 2015
Robert Redford

Born in 1936 in Santa Monica, Robert Redford began his career in New York in 1959 appearing as a guest star on several TV shows.
He made his screen debut in War Hunt (1962), directed by Academy Award winner Denis Sanders, which also marked the first of several collaborations with his co-star, Sydney Pollack. He won his first Golden Globe award for Inside Daisy Clover (1965).
Playing alongside Paul Newman in 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Redford launched to superstardom, and throughout the following two decades he further cemented his role within film history playing iconic characters in such films as Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Candidate (1972), The Way We Were (1973), the Oscar-nominated The Sting (1973), The Great Gatsby (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), All the President’s Men (1976), The Natural (1984). and Out of Africa (1985), winner of seven Academy Awards.
Redford’s impressive career also extends behind the camera. He made his directorial debut with the Academy Award–winning Ordinary People, followed by The Milagro Beanfield War (1987), A River Runs Through It (1992), Quiz Show (1994), The Horse Whisperer (1998), and The Company You Keep (2012), among others.

Chaplin Award

Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to celebrate every year one of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s most prestigious events: the Annual Chaplin Award Gala.

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, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Catherine Deneuve, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in 2015. 

L'Art en Coulisses - Finch and Partners - 2015
Vernissage during the Cannes Film Festival

The Vernissage will be held at the Hôtel du Cap (Antibes) on May 15th, 2015, coinciding with the annual Cannes Film Festival.

The art of creativity: ‘Behind The Scenes’

Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and Finch & Partners announce their collaboration in the production of an original photographic exhibition showcasing 'The Art of Behind The Scenes’.

The exhibition will showcase photography by some of the world’s most accomplished ‘on-set’ photographers.
A great opportunity to celebrate this visual art of photography, allowing guest to travel back and rediscover some legendary films as well as iconic directors and actors.

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
Zhao Wei 2015 Rendez-Vous Ivy Tourbillon
Zhao Wei
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. 

Los Angeles Film Festival part 4
Los Angeles Film Festival

2014 - Swiss watch manufacturer 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.

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.
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.