Major partner of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre, welcomes Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter, actress, director and Friend of the Brand Carmen Chaplin to the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival on October 23rd, 2014.
Carmen Chaplin and Jaeger-LeCoultre have been associated before. When Charlie Chaplin 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 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).
Jaeger-LeCoultre also celebrated the memory of Charlie Chaplin and his watch by asking Carmen Chaplin to direct a short film on the theme of time. ‘A Time For Everything’. 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 says “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 joined in celebrating 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.