Before watching the new watch collections at Basel, I visited Chaplin’s World in Vevey, a former residence of Charlie Chaplin and his memorial museum. Why shall I visited there? As Jaeger- LeCoultre is a collaborator of Chaplin’s World, and the museum contains two objects that links closely with this blue-chip brand.
Charlie Chapilin is one of the most iconic movie actor and director in the world. I did not know his fame when I was young, but the others (people at my age group) know him very well .Charlie was born in UK in 1889, his sad childhood— His father was disappeared, his mother raised him solely with poor economic condition ensured him to work in 9 years old. The young Charlie had also engaged in performing work, he started his acting career in Hollywood when he was brought to work abroad in USA in 19 years old. Throughout the years this talented artist had written, directed and performed a number of great movies, in order to become one of the most renowned people in the US movie industry. Unfortunately Charlie and his family were forced to leave the industry and resided to Vevey in Switzerland (until he died in 1977), as the consequences of different scandals and political views.
The location of Chaplin’s World is the manor of Charlie settled in Switzerland. In year 2000, a group of heartful people had devoted their time and money to prepare and reconstruct the movie genius’ house, and this attraction spot was opened at the end of April last year. Behind the large field of garden, there is a museum (converted from Charlie’s manor) that keep the living area of the iconic actor, including parlour, bedroom, study room, and even the bathroom. Besides, you can discover a number of Chaplin’s filming scenes and some working studio. The museum is jam-packed with rich and interesting content, it is worthy to spend a whole day to visit if you are interested with this great movie icon. After a profound understanding with Charlie Chaplin, you can take a good rest at a fine restaurant with great greenery view.
In 1953 Charlie settled down in Switzerland, the state governor gave a Jaeger‑LeCoultre Memovox watch featuring a gold case engraved with the following inscription: “Hommage du gouvernement Vaudois à Charlie Chaplin – 6 octobre 1953”,in order to praise his grand tribute to the movie industry. After the movie master died in 1977, his son Michael Chaplin inherited the timepiece and gave it to his wife at the wedding. Then in 2013, the Memovox appeared at the short movie《A time for everything》 directed by Carmen Chaplin, the daughter of Michael. Recently, Jaeger-LeCoultre repaired this Jaeger- LeCoultre Memovox, and exhibit at the Chaplin’s World.
In 1972, he was awarded “Caméra souriante” (smiling camera) prize by the Swiss press photographers association, as purpose to honour the artist for his kind attitude towards national journalists and this homage to a warm-hearted man took the shape of an Atmos clock. Jaeger-Le Coultre also borrows a same model of Atmos Clock and is display on the Manor as well.
到巴塞爾看新錶之前，去了Vevey看差利卓別靈的故居兼博物館，為什麼要去Chaplin's World？因為積家是Chaplin's World的合作伙伴，因為這裡有兩件物件，與積家息息相關。
響 鬧 腕 錶
早於1953年差利搬到瑞士定居時，當時的州政府為了要表揚他對電影業的偉大貢獻，特別向他致送了一枚積家的Memovox響鬧腕錶，更在黃金錶殼上刻上「Hommage du gouvemement Vaudois à Charlie Chaplin - 6 Octobre 1953」的字樣。到1977年他去死時，他的兒子Michael Chaplin繼承了這枚腕錶，並在結婚時轉送了給妻子。後來於2013年，這枚腕錶又再次出現在Michael女兒Carmen Chaplin所導演的一套短片《A time for everything》中。最近積家就把這枚Memovox響鬧腕錶修復好，讓差利的家人可以把它放於Chaplin's World的大宅博物館內展出。
空 氣 鐘
到1972年，瑞士攝影記者協會向已故的差利卓別靈頒發「Caméra Souriante」（smiling camera）獎項，以表揚他對待傳媒的友善態度，並向他致送一座積家的Atmos Clock空氣鐘。現時積家便借出一座相同型號的空氣鐘，在大宅博物館內展出。