Major partner of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced that Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter, actress, director and Friend of the Brand Carmen Chaplin to the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival on October 23rd.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s relationship with Charlie Chaplin goes back to when the entertainer settled in Switzerland. During that time, the government gave him a welcome present celebrating his talents as a great man whose talent made its mark on History. Charles Spencer Chaplin received a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox 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).
Last year, Jaeger-LeCoultre 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. Entitled ‘A Time For Everything”, the film commemorated her grandfather’s memory and saw Carmen act in it 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.
“I love antique watches and the idea that they have a past and a story to tell. “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”.
Jaeger-LeCoultre also celebrated with Carmen the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s the Little Tramp with an Exhibition ‘Celebrating Charlie Forever!’ organized in New York at the Lincoln Center in April 2014.
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