Memovox by Jaeger-LeCoultre


Memovox by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Memovox by Jaeger-LeCoultre

The voice of memory keeping time with a family story
La Cote des Montres - January 25th, 2013

Jaeger-LeCoultre Historical Memovox ® Johann Sauty
Great encounters do not just happen by chance. British actress and director, Carmen Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter, and the Manufacture from the Vallée de Joux had a story to share. They decided to make an art project of it that will be revealed at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie on the occasion of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 180th anniversary celebrations.

Charlie Chaplin
Carmen Chaplin’s grandfather, Charles Spencer Chaplin, became a legend by bringing to the film world the character known as The Tramp (or Charlot in certain languages), a vagabond with the manners of a gentleman.

Actor, director, producer, screenwriter and composer, he only had one great adversary: “My only enemy is Time”, he often said . Was it to support him in this battle that the country of watchmaking presented him with a timepiece in 1953? A Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox...

When his family settled in Switzerland, the government wished to give a welcome present to this great man whose talent made its mark on History. Charles Spencer Chaplin received 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 – October 6th 1953).

Jaeger-LeCoultre Historical Memovox ® Johann Sauty
Memovox. The voice of memory... For Jaeger-LeCoultre, learning of the existence of this historic piece from Carmen Chaplin seemed like a gift of fate.

Involved in a broad-ranging partnership with various major cinematographic events (Venice Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival), the 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.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Historical Memovox ® Johann Sauty
The idea was very appealing to the young actress and filmmaker: “I love antique watches s and the idea that they have a past and a story to tell. Watches from the Twenties and their retro style speak to me of an era when certain tiny watches were mainly jewellery creations. Imagining there was a mechanism as precise as a heart-beat behind these tiny dials fascinates me”.

Extract from Jaeger-LeCoultre Archives
“I am intrigued by the fact that they have been ticking steadily for more than a century. 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 mum 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 Chaplin - Restoration of Memovox ® Johann Sauty
This was doubtless the reason that Carmen decided to act in this art film alongside her mother and her daughter, Uma.

Three generations of women from the same family to illustrate the idea of transmission, the passing of time and inheritance.

Carmen Chaplin - Restoration of Memovox ® Johann Sauty
“I had complete artistic freedom in making this film project that pays tribute to time, to the passing of time which inevitably carries off something of ourselves with it. I love the idea that we leave part of our soul in the objects that we have loved. What could be a better present than the gift of a cherished watch or piece of jewellery? I really enjoyed my visit to the Manufacture for the restoration of my grandfather’s watch. I was fascinated by the amazing craftsmanship of the teams. We had already undertaken some projects with Jaeger-LeCoultre, such as organising a dinner in tribute to my grandfather’s Honorary Oscar in Los Angeles, as attending the Cannes Film Festival then the Venice Film Festival, or when shooting my latest film in which a Jaeger- LeCoultre watch plays a ‘role’. I was honoured that Jaeger-LeCoultre in trusted me with this film in the context of their anniversary”.

Carmen Chaplin - Restoration of Memovox ® Johann Sauty
Carmen Chaplin’s A Time For Everything will premiere at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, from January 21st to 25th 2013.

While Charlie Chaplin’s Memovox still keeps time for his family, his long list of artistic works punctuate the 20th century. Thus, to celebrate the 180th year anniversary of the Manufacture created in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre, Jaeger-LeCoultre decided to make this emblematic watch one of the icons of its watchmaking heritage. It will be exhibited as it rightfully deserves at the heart of the Salon, together with other masterpieces.

Throughout its existence, timepieces as legendary as the Reverso, the Memovox, the Géophysic, the Atmos, the Duomètre and many others have been created in the Vallée de Joux. More than 1,200 calibres have been perfected and 400 patents registered. How many people today wear a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch that belonged to a father or grandfather? What better example of family transmission is there than the passage of a watch from one wrist to another, through the generations? Like a symbol of eternity...

“A Time For Everything”


Written and directed by Carmen Chaplin
With Carmen Chaplin, Patricia Chaplin and Uma Chaplin Bhalla Produced by Kwanon Films and Mann & Miller

Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre

The inventors of the Vallée de Joux 

A major player in watchmaking history since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is celebrating its 180th anniversary. At a time when Swiss watchmaking still operated in cottage-industry mode, Antoine LeCoultre and his son Elie decided to unite under one roof the many different professions involved in making a watch. LeCoultre & Cie thus became the first full-fledged “Manufacture” or comprehensive watch manufacturer in the Vallée de Joux. It now houses the over 180 different skills required to develop and produce the most prestigious timepieces in their entirety. Engaged in a tireless quest for excellence supported by a unique spirit of invention, Jaeger-LeCoultre continues to perpetuate the tradition of Grande Complication timepieces through a succession of extraordinary creations: Atmos Mystérieuse (2003), Gyrotourbillon 1 (2004), Reverso grande complication à triptyque (2006), Master Compressor Extreme Lab 1 (2007), Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 (2008), Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie (2009), Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication (2010), Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau (2011), and the Duomètre Sphérotourbillon (2012).

Founded by Rosalie Miller and Hamilton Mann, Mann & Miller is a brand image strategy consulting firm. We partner with clients from private, public and not-for-profit sector to identify their highest value image development opportunities, address their more critical Image challenges and provide a unique and singular advantage in order to develop their goodwill. Mann & Miller also produce and develop art projects with the “raison d’être” to create anything but traditional.

Kwanon Films

Production company founded by Carmen Chaplin  

Forthcoming productions:
Tryst in Paname: a 15 minute short film written and produced by Carmen Chaplin with Dolores Chaplin and Bambou Gainsbourg.
Bombay Nights: a feature film written by Carmen Chaplin that will be filmed in India at the end of 2013.
Screen Goddess: a series of documentaries written by Carmen Chaplin and produced by Carmen Chaplin and Rosalie Miller. Conversations with icons from yesteryear and today, aimed at ensuring we do not forget these wonderful actresses who have made such a stellar contribution to the 7th art as well as to women’s position in society and within the film industry.

Carmen Chaplin

British Actress and director  

Carmen Chaplin is an English multicultural actress, director and writer. She belongs to a long lineage of artists. On her father’s side, Carmen is the granddaughter of actor, writer, director, composer Charles Chaplin and great granddaughter of the playwright Eugene O’Neill. On her mother’s side, she is the granddaughter of the renowned Caribbean painter Patrick Betaudier.

Carmen Chaplin ® Johann Sauty
Born in London, Carmen grew up in France, Spain and she currently works between Paris, London and New York. Her film career started with director Wim Wenders in "Until the end of the world".

Carmen worked with directors such as André Téchiné along with Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Daniel Auteuil, in "My Favorite Season" which opened the Cannes Film Festival 1999. She co-starred with Ewan McGregor in Philippe Rousselot’s "The Serpent’s Kiss" and in the romantic comedy "Snapshots“with Burt Reynolds and Julie Christie. Carmen Chaplin, stars in "Day on Fire" directed by Jay Anania with Olympia Dukakis and Martin Donovan.

She appears in "Sabrina" directed by Sydney Pollack and "All about the Benjamins" directed by Kevin Bray with Eva Mendes.

She was one of the members of the International Jury at the sixth International Rome Film Festival chaired by Ennio Morricone and also including Susanne Bier, Roberto Bolle, David Puttnam, Pierre Thoretton, Debra Winger.

She just completed ’Tryst in Paname’, a short film that she wrote and directed in Paris starring her sister Dolores Chaplin and Bambou Gainsbourg. It portrays the seductive M who believes her self-value is bound to her beauty, and her happiness to the man she believes loves her. She discovers ultimate freedom only after emerging from a night of chaotic despair. A Jaeger- LeCoultre watch plays a ‘role’ in this film.

Carmen is currently preparing "Bombay nights" her first feature film that she 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, intimate conversations with cinema legends and contemporary movie icons.