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Jaeger-LeCoultre Opens The Sound Maker Exhibition In New York City

Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrated its American debut of The Sound Maker exhibition this Monday, September 20th in New York City at 70-74 Gansevoort Street. A fascinating display devoted to exploring the uniquely rich heritage of chiming watches at La Grande Maison, the experience was designed to immerse visitors in the creative and culture universe of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Among the guests at the opening were American Songwriter and Producer, Questlove, Artists Michael Murphy and Alex Trochut, and acclaimed Actor Nicholas Hoult, a Friend of the Maison.

The exhibition features a curated selection of the earliest and most historically significant of the Manufacture LeCoultre’s chiming masterworks, together with dozens of documents and archive materials – many of which have never been displayed to the public before. The journey begins with a unique heritage piece: the Music Box made by the founder, Antoine LeCoultre, and his father, that marked the beginning of La Grande Maison’s journey in chiming timepieces. As visitors tour the exhibition, they enjoy the evolution in both technical skill and artistic expression, from pocket watches to minute repeater wrist watches and the Memovox, along with special pieces from the Atelier des Métiers Rares® (Rare Handcrafts Workshop).

The Sound Sculpture

At the heart of the exhibition, a ‘Sound Sculpture’ installation commissioned by Jaeger-LeCoultre from the Swiss contemporary artist, Zimoun, is making its American debut. In this fascinating work, Zimoun encapsulates the universe of sound – within the Manufacture and in the natural world surrounding it – that is so intrinsic to the spirit of Jaeger-LeCoultre.

“I first got hooked by the sound, like the soft, appeasing sound of the rain,” says Catherine Rénier, Chief Executive Officer of Jaeger-LeCoultre. “As you get closer, the movement of the metal is mesmerizing. Each angle gives a different feeling and invites you to stop, enjoy and listen.”

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