In 2018, it coincides with the 185th anniversary of the birth of Swiss fine watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, and during the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival, a theme exhibition was held at the Shanghai World Expo Creative Show. The theme exhibition includes the brand new member Beibei series watches, and Master series, Reverso classic series watches, Rendez-Vous dating series watches and Atmos air clock, and there are Jaeger-LeCoultre from Ru Valley, Switzerland Antique and haute jewellery watches from afar are icing on the cake. The exhibition presents the story of the brand from its early workshop to the watchmaker’s workshop, returning to the place where the dream began, and witnessing the ingenuity.
Watchmaking workbench at theme exhibition
Film restoration workbench at the theme exhibition
Rendez-Vous Dating Watch Display Area
Fine Art Skills
The story begins at the border of the Swiss Jura. In 1833, the outstanding watchmaker Antoine LeCoultre founded his first watchmaking workshop here. In the years that followed, the workshop grew stronger, and all watchmaking techniques gradually gathered here. As a result, Rugu’s first professional watchmaking workshop spread. In 1903, Jacques-David LeCoultre, grandson of the founder of the Grand Workshop, accepted that Paris watchmaker Edmond Jaeger was able to produce the ultra-thin he needed. Challenge initiated by the Swiss watchmaker of movements. The heroes love each other, and this opportunity has enabled the two creators to share their inventions and expertise and work together to create an ultra-thin watch series.
In the Swiss valley, which has a long winter, the footsteps of time have passed to the first year of the 21st century, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Workshop has opened a new chapter in historical development. Day after day, year after year, the brand keeps writing colorful stories, drawing inspiration from the brand’s historical heritage, supplemented by rich creativity, which has led to more sophisticated movements and extremely beautiful dials. These include the tourbillon, minute repeater, chronograph, perpetual calendar, power reserve and the first lubricant-free movement. The birth of these classic inventions comes from the journey that watchmakers continue to explore in their micro-worlds, showing the traditions, classics and mysteries of the Grand Workshop to the fullest, and the sparkling sparkle of the later series of classic timepieces.
101 Duoplan brooch pocket watch
Antique High Jewellery Watch
Rendez-Vous Dating Series-Elegant example, blooming endless feminine charm
The Rendez-Vous dating line inherits the essence of the brand, embodying the superb craftsmanship of Jaeger-LeCoultre for 185 years. Every part of it is carefully crafted, the charm of quality is fully shown, and every detail is the best example of the combination of technology and aesthetics. In 2012, the brand released the Rendez-Vous dating women’s watch series at the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival, presenting sophisticated watches with sophisticated functions to contemporary women. Every detail of the watch outline exudes a unique feminine charm. The case perfectly matches the dial, creating a stage for the mechanical movement to show its rhythm. The fascinating and poetic complexity of the moon phases, the exquisite and light-weight tourbillon among the stars, all kinds of beautiful dreams can be realized.
The new Rendez-Vous Night & Day date and night display watch-a tribute to the limited edition of light and shadow shines at the Shanghai International Film Festival at the theme exhibition, this watch is limited to 100 pieces, diamond-set rose gold Case, delicate white dial with day and night display a touch of faint red. Different from the past, the day and night display replaced the moon with stars, adding a more romantic temperament, and experiencing an unforgettable appointment with your wrist.
Rendez-Vous Night & Day Date Collection-Tribute to the limited edition of light and shadow
Reverso watch-a stunning classic
The unique Reverso watch was launched in 1931 and is a very representative work of the brand. The flip case is a unique invention of the Reverso watch series. The back of the rectangular flip case can be customized with engraving, micro-painting enamel, and inlay technology, and integrates many iconic complex functions, such as a tourbillon. , Minute repeater, retrograde chronograph, world time and even perpetual calendar. Following the harmonious and precise technical standards and the aesthetic elements of the workshop, the Reverso series of watches combines simple and clear symmetrical design, readability and complementarity, refinement and precision.
This exhibition will present three Reverso enamel watches in tribute to the paintings of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler. Creative inspiration comes from Ferdinand. Hodler’s masterpieces ‘Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc in the Morning Light’, ‘Lake Thun and Symmetric Reflections Before Sunrise’ and ‘Symmetry Reflections of Lake Thun’ show the mastery of the master craftsmanship , Showing the iconic Art Deco style, precious.
Atmos air clock-a clock that keeps pace with the times
The Atmos air clock has been enthusiastically sought after by the public since its introduction in the early 1930s, and this great success has spurred great workshops to continuously improve and improve it. With just one degree of temperature change, the Atmos air clock can provide the power needed for two days of operation. Therefore, this forward-looking table clock reflects the advanced ecological and environmental protection concept, and its energy consumption is only 1/240 of ordinary watches. The total energy consumption of 60 million Atmos air clocks is only equivalent to a 15-watt light bulb. For more than half a century, the Atmos air clock has become the best gift to the heads of states of the Swiss federal government. This classic masterpiece shows elegance and calmness, constantly attracts many internationally renowned artists, and re-interprets it in a variety of new and unique ways. As Lamartine said: The Atmos air clock temporarily stops time and keeps moving forward.
Atmos air clock
Master Control-Hymns of Technology and Aesthetics
At Jaeger-LeCoultre, shock resistance and magnetism, water resistance, precision timing and practical functions have become the only topics among watchmakers, engineers and craftsmen. In order to meet the increasingly updated needs of modern society, Grand Workshop launched the Memovox alarm clock. This alarm watch is equipped with an alarm function to remind the wearer of important moments such as appointments, train departures, and conference end. In 1958, at the time of the International Geophysical Year (Année Géophysique Internationale), the master watchmaker created a legendary timepiece Geophysic geophysical observatory watch, which can effectively resist 600 Gaussian magnetic field interference, strong resistance to pressure, can overcome the negative effects of extreme atmospheric conditions. In the 1980s, the Grand Réveil alarm clock equipped with the Jaeger-LeCoultre 919 movement realized the pioneering work of integrating the perpetual calendar, moon phase display and bronze gong alarm into the square inch space of the watch. A few months later, in 1990, the Grand Workshop launched the Géographique series of geographers, and immediately became a milestone for multi-time watch. Thanks to the use of sophisticated patented mechanical devices, the watch can simultaneously display local time and time in another time zone, making the world more accessible than ever. In 1992, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control series began 1,000 hours of rigorous testing, which is a series of tests related to the high performance and reliability of the watch. The collection follows the simple style of the 1950s, highlighting Jaeger-LeCoultre’s superb watchmaking tradition, combining classic aesthetic design with outstanding technical performance.
Master antique watch
MEMOVOX alarm watch-a great companion for deep sea exploration
Ten years after the advent of the prototype Memovox alarm clock, the round-shaped Memovox Polar Alarm Clock debuted in 1965 and immediately became a must-have watch for men. It can be described as a vivid testimony of the fashionable style of the time. Grand Workshop launched the Memovox Deep Sea Alarm Watch in 1959, the first dive watch with alarm function. In addition to fashion and fashion elements, these iconic models also use simple and vivid line design, inlaid with decoration, numerals, hour markers, hands, you can clearly read the time with a single glance. The classic case design of these two models inspired the Jaeger-LeCoultre Beibei series, and in 2018 reproduced its elegant style of movement.
MEMOVOX alarm watch
Mr. Christian Laurent, a watchmaker who spent more than 40 years in the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshop, visited the exhibition site and performed the assembly of the movement. The crowds in the exhibition hall can’t affect the concentration cultivated in the years. The space of a workbench, a few tools, and a pair of dexterous hands, the amazing movements that marveled the watchmaking industry were born in this simplicity. In addition to watchmakers from the Jaeger-LeCoultre workshop, the brand also invited two film restorers to demonstrate the process of film restoration on site. While the restorers gave the old movies new life, they also kept the unique atmosphere of the age. This process is also a perfect interpretation of the spirit of the craftsman. Just like the artisans in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Grand Workshop, they have been devoting themselves and innovating constantly, making each piece of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s timepieces a masterpiece of long-lasting tradition.
Brand friend Jing Bairan talks with brand watchmaker Christian Laurent at the theme exhibition
Ni Ni visits the theme exhibition
Times have changed. Whether it is a watchmaker or a filmmaker, leaving time for creation, the spirit of the creator has remained unchanged forever.