Richard Mille for Jacky Chan, Jaeger LeCoultre for AL PACINO. The latter Swiss high-end luxury watch manufacturer presented Reverso 68. Mostra, Leono d’Oro to the legendary American actor and director Alfredo James “Al” Pacino who is the recipient of the Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award. This makes him joining the list of greatest figure in film ever to receive the prize of the Venice International Film Festival that includes Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami and Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009) and Indian film director Mani Ratnam (2010).
The special edition Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso 68 Mostra, Leono d’Oro watch features a lacquered engraving depicting a lion – the symbol of Venice, handcrafted in accordance with the finest traditions, and bear the inscription “68. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica“.
Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica is one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals as well as the oldest in the world founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932. It is also known as The Venice Film Festival (organized by Bienale di Venezia) as it takes place every year on the island of the Lido Venice, Italy. Since 2005, the Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) has involved in all the highlights of the event presenting a personalized Reverso watches to the three winners of the principal awards: the Leone d’Oro (Golden Lion) for the best film and the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup) for the best actor and actress. Moreover in 2007, the premium watchmaker based in Le Sentier, Switzerland collaborated with Bienale di Venezia to create a prize for the winner of a new award “Glory to the Filmmaker”. Since then, every year JLC presented a SPECIAL EDITION TIMEPIECE for the winner: an artist who has left an original mark on contemporary cinema. This year’s award goes to Al Pacino upon his documentary-drama film WILDE SALOME in which he introduced a talented actress Jessica Chastain.
Wilde Salome (2011) Al Pacino Documentary Movie trailer
On the award ceremony, Sunday September 4th during the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31st – September 10th 2011), the director of the festival Marco Mueller invited Jessica Chastain on stage to present the prize to Al Pacino.
“I am proud to present this award to Mr. Pacino on behalf of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to film is sincere, longstanding and ever increasing with their support of not only the Venice Film Festival but Shanghai as well, working to help recognize both upcoming and confirmed actors, directors and producers. They are delighted to honor Mr Pacino’s outstanding contribution to the world of film and to help him celebrate Wild Salome by presenting him with an engraved watch, symbolizing the time dedicated to making art.”
The making of Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 68 Mostra Watch Glory to the Filmmaker
Marco Mueller describes Pacino as,
“An amazing director, whose experience is precious and original, and enriches the world of contemporary film.”
Before the ceremony, Al Pacino’s third feature-length directorial picture, Wilde Salome was premiered. While wearing Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic Seals watch at the press conference, AL PACINO said:
“There is nowhere else I would rather debut Wilde Salome than at Venice, because of its rich artistic history. Wilde Salome is an exploration into the world of Oscar Wilde the artist and in Salome, the emancipation of a work that lives on.”
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic SEALs as worn by Al Pacino is the only model that has single adjustment button among other Master Compressor Diving series; also smaller diameter. Produced in partnership with élite unit of American divers, the Navy SEALs, this model introduces a new illuminating technology: Super-LumiNova applied on watch hands, indexes, hour markers and bezels, offering maximum visibility under water or in darkness. Its bezel includes ceramic material for extreme resistance, the luminescent reference triangle that provides a reliable calculation of dive-time, as well as the patented compression key-system giving maximum water resistance (30 ATM or 300 meters) and protection against sand or dust.
The limited edition wristwatch – only 1500 pieces, each is numbered 1 to 1500 – features stainless steel case with the seal of the U.S. Navy SEALs on the back. It has black galvanic dial and skeletonized trapezium-shaped hands. Date display is at 3 o’clock.
Animated by Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic movement calibre 899 with power reserve of 43 hours, the model is available in black calfskin leather (Ref. 2018470) or rubber strap (Ref. 2018770 or 2018670); Al Pacino choose the leather one.
The story began 176 years ago when a brilliant inventor and self-taught watchmaker, Antoine-LeCoultre founded his first workshop, following the invention of a machine to produce the watchmaking pinions. In 1903, the Parisian Edmond Jaeger met Jacques-David LeCoultre, the founder’s grandson in a challenging task of producing the ultra-thin calibres. Their cooperation and friendship gave rise to a range of horological wonders and then to a birth of the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand in 1937.
Today, the Manufacture has been has been making the exceptional watch of above and beyond precision, crafted by the most skilled artisan, and offering unique mechanism. Jaeger-LeCoultre collections have been the choice of celebrities and famous moto gp and formula one athletes like Valentino Rossi and Jenson Button.