Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre is bringing a major exhibition to Dubai in February. Named The Stellar Odyssey, the three weeks-long exhibition pays homage to the astronomical phenomena at the root of time measurement, and how “the mysteries of the cosmos are translated into micro-mechanical wonders.” The exhibition will make its first stop in Dubai following its inauguration at Watches & Wonders in 2022, before traveling to different cities around the world.
From February 4 to 23, watch enthusiasts will be welcomed at a spectacular pavilion “floating” by the Dubai Fountain, with Burj Khalifa as its backdrop. Inside, guests will find a carefully curated selection of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most historic timepieces as well as its most recent celestially-inspired timepieces, including the Atmos clock and the Reverso Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185.
Multi-media installations underneath a geodesic dome will take visitors on a virtual journey to the cosmos through an immersive digital show that aims to transport them through infinite space and 13.7 billion years of time—from the origins of our universe to the present day. Another installation named ‘Passengers: Through Time’ by French artist Guillaume Marmin uses light, sound, and movement to redefine traditional ideas of sculpture, space, and time, offering visitors an otherworldly experience.
Elsewhere, Atelier d’Antoine, named after the Maison‘s founder, Antoine LeCoultre will share watchmaking know-how via workshops. Visitors can take on a hands-on Discovery Workshop where they will have the rare opportunity to gain deep insight and practical experience of the celestial origins of time-keeping. What’s more, renowned mixologist Matthias Giroud has been tapped for the Steller Atelier, where visitors can enjoy a range of bespoke soft cocktails inspired by the cosmos, as well as the colors, temperatures, and forms of the stars and planets.
“It is an important part of our mission at Jaeger-LeCoultre to share the secrets behind the art and craft of watchmaking with the wider world by bringing our Manufacture from the Vallée de Joux to the public around the globe,” says Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre. “The ancient cultures of the Middle East played a seminal role in the origins of time measurement, and we are therefore delighted that Dubai is where the world tour of The Stellar Odyssey makes its debut. It is a special opportunity to trace the unbroken line through several millennia to the exceptional legacy of innovation that has driven our Maison for 190 years and the work that we do today.”
The Stellar Odyssey by Jaeger-LeCoultre will be presented from Saturday, February 4 to Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the Dubai Fountain, Downtown Dubai; open to public daily from 2pm to 12am. Free admission; book a spot via Jaeger-lecoultre.com