Jaeger-LeCoultre ambassador Clive Owen attended the Marie Curie Cancer Care Timeless Party at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. The British actor was with Jaeger-LeCoultre artistic director Janek Deleskiewicz (pictured below, left) and host Heather Kerzner, to support the Marie Curie foundation, a charity that has been providing care to people with terminal illness since 1948.
The party closed the Swiss manufacturer’s week in London, the first stop for its European exhibition of the 2014 Hybris Artistica collection. The brand unveiled twelve exceptional timepieces at the Masterpiece London art fair, which guests could tinker with briefly.
“Masterpiece London provides the ideal canvas to appreciate the minute scale of our watchmaking masterpieces,” said Zahra Kassim-Lakha, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Market Director in the UK (2nd from left, below).
Back in May, Haute Time got a sneak peek of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica collection. The one that caught our eye was the Duomètre Sphérotourbillon Pocket Watch, a massive, 48mm timepiece, and the first strapless Sphérotourbillon. It features a sleek blue enamel bezel, which is offset by the white enamel of the three subdials and the hand-engraved main plate.
But the star in London, aside from Mr. Owen, was the Duomètre à Grande Sonnerie, a minute repeater with a carillon mechanism producing the chimes of Big Ben. The rock crystal dial of this piece reveals its gear train, as well as the perfectly orchestrated functioning of the 1,400 components of its hand-wound mechanism.
Jaeger-LeCoultre was a major presence at Masterpiece London art fair this year, as it was also the grounds for a weeklong workshop experiment. Connoisseurs were invited to take part in Master Class experiences led by the manufacture’s watchmakers.
Guests were asked to don the watchmaker’s coat and test their dexterity by assembling main springs on some of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most complicated timepieces, and those with artistic flair were given the chance to enamel their own piece of art under the guidance of the Manufacture’s most talented artists.