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Jaeger-LeCoultre announced its returning participation in the third edition of the Homo Faber Biennial in Venice in September, by showcasing the talent and traditional savoir-faire of the Maison in both watchmaking and the decorative arts.

Homo Faber, organised first in 2018 is an unprecedented and spectacular showcase of European craftsmanship organised by the Michelangelo Foundation in September in Venice, Italy. The latest event, titled ‘The Journey of Life’ will take place again on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, in the heart of the Venice lagoon, 1-30 September, 2024. 

Designed by celebrated film director and interior architect Luca Guadagnino, and architect Nicolò Rosmarini Homo Faber will feature the work of more than 400 highly skilled craftspeople from 50 countries, in 10 themed exhibition spaces.The event will offer amazing experiences and programs both on site at San Giorgio Maggiore and in the city – the ‘Homo Faber in Città’  invites visitors to explore artisanal workshops across Venice.

This year Jaeger-LeCoultre has been chosen as a participant in the ‘Nature’ exhibition. It will underline the inheritance of traditional crafts, the value of passing down savoir-faire from generation to generation, and the influence of symbolic imagery throughout history.  

The Manufacture’s artisans will give live demonstrations of the crafts of enamelling, engraving, gem setting and watchmaking at different times throughout the month-long event. Jaeger-LeCoultre will also launch three new Reverso limited-edition timepieces during the Homo Faber Biennial. 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso painting © Jaeger-LeCoultre

Homo Faber Fellowship

Last year Jaeger-LeCoultre released a long-term partnership with the Michelangelo Foundation, as a result of a shared vision for the future of craftsmanship. The Homo Faber Fellowship, a life-changing opportunity facilitates the transmission of knowledge and skills from one generation to the next, due a 7-month sponsored professional integration programme designed for duos of master artisans and craft graduates. The first edition benefits 20 master artisan and fellow duos based in Europe, with the ambition of reaching other corners of the world in the future. 

The inaugural cycle began with a month-long residential masterclass based at the studio of the renowned Portuguese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos and brought together 20 duos of Master craftsmen and newly graduated talents (Fellows). Workshops in creative skills were complemented by a design case study presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and a bespoke programme focused on business skills and entrepreneurial vision presented and certified by ESSEC Business School. This was followed by a six-month residential placement for the Fellows in the studios of their corresponding Masters, during which they exchanged ideas and further developed their techniques through the co-creation of an object. A selection of these objects has been curated for the Homo Faber Biennial, where they will be displayed in different exhibition areas, corresponding to the creative visions and craft skills that each embodies.

Source: press release. Photo credits: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Michelangelo Foundation
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