Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 180th Anniversary Dinner

Last week TVG was lucky enough to be invited to Guillaume at Bennelong to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre. The iconic restaurant nestled in the southern shell of the Opera House met one of horology’s most respected brands and for the evening was home to that brand’s most valuable collection, the Cabinet des Merveilles.

Guests milled around freestanding display cabinets showcasing some of the most impressive and inventive timepieces ever made as well as Jaeger-LeCoultre’s current collections and important historical pieces. The ultra rare pieces are released annually, one model per year, by Jaeger to showcase the companies creativity and mechanical expertise.

The brand manager Alexis assured me that seeing the pieces together was even rarer than the individual pieces themselves, which confirmed why researching the collection prior to the event was difficult. Unfortunately I don’t think the majority of the room, who were busy with flutes of Louis Roederer Champage, quite understood how important and impressive the watches on display actually were.

After being seated guests were treated to a wonderful array of entertainment from ballet and opera to a saxophone performance by Jaeger’s talented Art Director Mr Janek Deleskiewicz. The watch chat at our table was electric and my Blancpain was no match for the heavy hitters strapped to the wrists of gents sitting around me (I had 3 Pateks in a row next to me!).

The event was a huge success and one of the most enjoyable I’ve been to – also the last to be hosted by Guillaume at Bennelong. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the evening amongst extraordinary timepieces from one of my favourite brands celebrating their 180th anniversary. Cheers to Jaeger-LeCoultre and here’s to another 180 years of world class watch manufacturing.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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