Key Facts :

  • Showcasing the talent and traditional savoir-faire of the Maison in both watchmaking and the decorative arts
  • Underlining the vital importance of preserving ancestral craft skills and passing them on to future generations
  • Presenting objects created under the Homo Faber Fellowship, in partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre is pleased to announce its participation in the third edition of the Homo Faber Biennial in Venice in September. Homo Faber celebrates the savoir-faire and unique stories of talented craftspeople from around the globe, honouring the priceless human skill behind the creation of beautiful, handcrafted objects.

Designed by celebrated film director and interior architect Luca Guadagnino, and architect Nicolò Rosmarini, the event, titled The Journey of Life, will feature the work of more than 400 highly skilled craftspeople from 50 countries, in 10 themed exhibition spaces. The Homo Faber Biennial will take place on the island of S.Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, from 1–30 September, 2024.

An immersive exhibition offering rare insight into precious craft skills 

Showcasing the exceptional savoir-faire of its Métiers Rares™ atelier and reflecting a core value of the Maison, 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.

Animating the Maison’s exhibit and offering visitors rare insight into precious craft skills, craftsmen from the Manufacture will give live demonstrations of the crafts of enamelling, engraving, gem setting and watchmaking at different times throughout the month-long event. To celebrate the talent and accumulated savoir-faire in both watchmaking and the decorative arts, Jaeger-LeCoultre will launch three new Reverso limited-edition timepieces during the Homo Faber Biennial.

Homo Faber Fellowship: supporting the transmission of savoir-faire

Reinforcing its commitment to supporting the preservation and transmission of vitally important craft skills for future generations, Jaeger-LeCoultre last year became the partner of the Michelangelo Foundation in the Homo Faber Fellowship. A long-term initiative, the programme equips talented graduates with the creative and business skills necessary for integration into the professional craft sector. 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. The Homo Faber Biennial is open to the public from 1 – 30 September 2024, from 10am to 7pm daily, at Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of S.Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. Information and tickets are available at homofaber.com