Charlie Chaplin
by Brian Lipton

Charlie ChaplinSwiss luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre is becoming a partner of “Chaplin’s World,” the new museum celebrating the film director and actor’s life located at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin’s former home, in Switzerland.

“Chaplin’s World,” which will open to the public on April 17, redraws the last 25 years of Chaplin’s life in Switzerland, allowing visitors to discover (or rediscover) masterpieces of Chaplin’s work, while also presenting temporary exhibits, cinematic presentations, an outdoor forum, cultural programs, various festivals and an art gallery attracting the finest graphic artists from around the world.

Jaeger-LeCoultre enjoys special historical ties with Chaplin. In 1953, when Chaplin moved to Manoir de Ban, the cantonal authorities gave hima Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watch featuring a gold case engraved with the following inscription: “Hommage du gouvernement Vaudois à Charlie Chaplin – 6 octobre 1953”.

This mechanical watch n has been carefully safeguarded by the Chaplin family since Chaplin’s death in 1977. His son, Michael, gifted it to his wife on their wedding day, while in 2013, Michael’s daughter, the film director Carmen Chaplin, portrayed this watch model in a poetic and evocative short film ‘A time for everything’ dealing with heritage and transmission between generations. It has recently been restored by Jaeger Le-Coultre and will be on display at “Chaplin’s World.”