Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its 180th anniversary in Venice with the sounds of fine watchmaking at Teatro La Fenice and and an official partner of the Venice Film Festival for close to a decade. The opera theatre, boasting excellent acoustics, acquired its reputation in the 19th century when it staged the world premieres of numerous masterpieces by Rossini, Bellini and Verdi. At around the same period Antoine LeCoultre, the legendary genius born in the Swiss Vallée de Joux, orchestrated the creation of the Grande Maison, gathering under one roof all the watchmaking artisans to create pocket watches of unprecedented quality.
The 19th century creations inspired Jaeger-LeCoultre artisans to create the Jubilee collection of three mechanical masterpieces that represent the epitome of the Grande Maison’s inventions today. 180 years of mastery were celebrated in the presence of Diane Kruger, a friend of Jaeger-LeCoultre and the face of its ladies’ collections, Joshua Jackson, President of Biennale Paolo Baratta, Venise Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera, Carmen Chaplin, Cristiana Capotondi, Riccardo Scarmacio, Director Paul Schrader, Matteo Ceccarini and Eva Riccobono, Kseniya Rappoport, Elisa Sednaoui, Scott Haze, Spanish actor Miguel Angel Munoz, Carlo and Giulia Puri Negri, and other distinguished quests.
As part of its 180th anniversary celebrations, Jaeger-LeCoultre called upon Eric Serra to set its epic adventure to music. After an immersion in the Vallée de Joux and a visit to the Manufacture workshops, where Eric Serra had a chance to discover with various artisans and watchmakers their respective work on sound, the famous film soundtrack composer reorchestrated his “Diva Dance” piece from the Luc Besson film The Fifth Element. This techno opera piece featuring music from Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor opera created like the Manufacture itself in 1833 came to include a number of playful nods to the iconic sounds of Fine Watchmaking. The performance by Eric Serra set an enchanting atmosphere and set the stage for the reveal of exceptional mechanical creations.
The guests had a rare chance to see the 10 masterpieces of the Hybris Mechanica collection presented in the showcases worthy of a theatre set as to see the creations one had to step in the centre of a giant watch wheel. Unique gem-set creations were being born in front of the guests as the gem-setters who flew from the Vallée de Joux for the evening demonstrated their intricate skills. For the first time, Jaeger-LeCoultre showcased a timepiece featuring an unprecedented technique of miniature painting on the sapphire glass of the watch: The Master Tourbillon Enamel. The watch featured cranes, the ancient symbol of longevity, enamelled on the dial, that seem to be surrounded by the green leaves enamelled on the sapphire glass on top.