THE SOUND MAKER exhibition, a highlight of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s year-long celebration of the art of sound in watchmaking, will travel to New York City from September 21st through October 5th.
Showcasing a rich heritage of chiming watches and a specially commissioned work by Swiss artist Zimoun.
The exhibition, formerly presented in China and South Korea, will immerse visitors in the creative and cultural universe of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the uniquely rich heritage of chiming watches at La Grande Maison, as Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to its home in the Vallée de Joux, where the sounds of nature still provide the backdrop to daily life.
The Story of Sound at Jaeger-LeCoultre
THE SOUND MAKER exhibition leads visitors on a journey through Jaeger-LeCoultre’s rich heritage, celebrating the twin values of tradition and innovation that have guided it throughout its 188-year history. Featuring rare or unique timepieces curated from both historic and contemporary collections, as well as never-previously exhibited documents and artefacts, it traces the evolution of chiming watches from the Maison’s origins to the new 2020 models, and from the most refined minute repeaters and complex sonneries to the highly practical and much-loved Memovox alarm watch.
The journey begins with a retrospective of the earliest and most historically significant of the LeCoultre chiming masterworks – some of which have never been displayed to the public before; it highlights technical inventions and patents that have contributed to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s worldwide renown – and to its status as “the watchmakers’ watchmaker” among other great Maisons that it supplied with movements; it reveals the inner secrets of how chiming watches work; and it honors the skill of the artisans who employed their rare crafts to embellish the most precious timepieces.
A Unique Art Commission Makes its American Debut
At the heart of the exhibition, expanding the dialogue that exists between horology and art, a ‘sound sculpture’ installation commissioned by Jaeger-LeCoultre from the Swiss contemporary artist, Zimoun, will be on display.
In this unique work, Zimoun encapsulates the universe of sound – within the Manufacture and in the natural world around it – that is so intrinsic to the spirit of Jaeger-LeCoultre. He employs simple raw materials and repurposed industrial components, including watch parts – and, in doing so, redefines traditional ideas of sculpture, movement and sound, drawing the audience into an almost transcendent world of sensory experience.
In the ability to conjure romance from mundane materials and to create evocative sounds through complex systems of structure and mechanics, there are clear parallels between the work of the artist and the watchmakers of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre. Just as the components of a watch movement seem to take on a life of their own when assembled, the industrially-produced elements that Zimoun combines into his sculptures seem to develop their own behavior, producing new and unique sounds and visual effects.
Attend the Event
THE SOUND MAKER exhibition will be presented from September 21st through October 5th at 70-74 Gansevoort Street in New York City. Open to the public by reservation only, from 11am to 7pm on Monday through Friday, and 10am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets may be reserved online at www.thesoundmakernyc.com.
Images from Soundmaker, Seoul courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre