|Scuola Grande di San Rocco|
|Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Medium engraved with a heart drwan by Carmen Chaplin - Venice 2016|
The supremely opulent Scuola Grande di San Rocco, built as an institution, is unique for its peerless collection of paintings by Tintoretto (1518-1594). Located in the San Polo district of Venice, the fraternity was founded in 1478 and dedicated to Saint Roch, patron saint of the plague-stricken, to fight epidemics and bring succour to the diseased population. Thanks to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s patronage, visitors can now benefit from improvements to the lighting which showcases Tintoretto’s highly light sensitive works to perfection. A new LED system - projecting fewer of the infrared and ultraviolet rays causing colours to deteriorate over time - has been installed in the Sala dell’Albergo. The second part of the sponsorship programme concerns the Scuola’s marbles, in particular those in the Sala Capitol are and on the impressive portal leading to the imperial staircase, which are being restored with meticulous care. This requires passionate craftsmanship and unparalleled patience and attention to detail, bringing to mind the watchmakers of the Vallée de Joux who work each day to breathe new life into exceptional timepieces.
Preserving and passing on heritage are fundamental values for Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Manufacture sets great store by protecting not only natural world heritage sites, as through its collaboration with UNESCO, but also artistic heritage, demonstrated by its support for the restoration of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Caring for the legacy created by skilled and talented craftsmen in order to pass it on to future generations is a natural choice for a Maison with such a rich and precious heritage as JaegerLeCoultre.
Each day in its ateliers, expert artisans restore timepieces from the past to their former glory, working not only on the mechanisms but also the Métiers Rares® of gem setting, enamelling and engraving. The Manufacture provides this repair service for all watches and clocks ever made there, in keeping with the principle of absolute respect for the piece's history and integrity. It even goes so far as to reproduce watch components which are no longer made, using original drawings. This unique expertise is key to passing on watchmaking heritage and techniques.
During the Mostra, the Maison will exhibit pictures of the recent restoration of a remarkable pendant watch designed by Antoine LeCoultre, the Manufacture’s founder, for his wife Zélie LeCoultre. It was the first model to feature an ingenious invention by Antoine: the crown winding system for setting the time and winding the watch which replaced the key that had previously been required.
|Pendant watch designed by Antoine LeCoultre for his wife Zélie LeCoultre|