Carmen Chaplin celebrates Jaeger-LeCoultre's 180th Anniversary



04 February 2013

Last week at the The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, actress and director Carmen Chaplin presented her short movie A Time for Everything, a film which pays tribute time by revealing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watch of her grandfather, Charlie Chaplin. The movie was revealed on the occasion of the brand’s 180th Anniversary.
Charlie Chaplin and Jaeger-LeCoultre share a special moment in history. When Chaplin moved to Switzerland, the government decided to gift Chaplin with something special for his tremendous artistry and influence on world history. His gift was a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch featuring a back engraved with the words “Hommage du gouvernement vaudois à Charlie Chaplin – 6 octobre 1953” (A tribute from the government of the Canton of Vaud to Charlie Chaplin – 6 October 1953). This historical watch was displayed during the SIHH.
Known for its various activities with major cinematographic events including the Venice Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival), the Jaeger LeCoultre’s manufacturer decided to celebrate the memory of Charlie Chaplin and his watch by asking Carmen Chaplin to direct a short film on the theme of time. “I am intrigued by the fact that this watch has been ticking steadily for more than a century,” says Chaplin. “My grandfather’s watch particularly moves me, because he gave it to my father, Michael Chaplin, his son, when he turned 14. Then my dad gave it to my mother as proof of their love on their wedding day. It was a real good-luck charm because they have been in love now for 45 years”. Carmen acts in her own film alongside her mother and her daughter, Uma celebrating three generations of women from the same family to illustrate the idea of transmission, heritage and the passing of time.