July 2012 - Vacheron Constantin and the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet host Luncheon in Honor of Brigitte Lefèvre
Since 2007, Vacheron Constantin has been a sponsor of the Opéra National de Paris. This year, Vacheron Constantin chose to sponsor the Paris Opera Ballet’s US tour with performances in three cities, Chicago, Washington and New York; a month-long tour for this world-renowned company whose absence of over a decade from the US had been acutely felt.
Vacheron Constantin hosted a private luncheon with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet on Wednesday, July 11th, in honor of Brigitte Lefèvre, Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, on the occasion of the Paris Opera Ballet’s opening night at Lincoln Center in New York City. Juan-Carlos Torres, CEO of Vacheron Constantin, hosted the event with Olivia Flatto, Chairman of the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet, and Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy.
The luncheon was held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and attended by 80 esteemed guests. Among the guests were Marina de Brantes, honorary Chairman of the Paris Opera & Ballet, board members Serena Lese, Carol Mack and Laura Zeckendorf, Pablo Legorreta and Steve Pesner from the Board of Trustees, Edward Reilly, American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet President, as well as Nigel Redden, Director of the Lincoln Center Festival, and Christophe Tardieu, Deputy Director of the Opéra National de Paris.
In his speech in honor of Ms. Lefevre, Mr. Torres referenced Vacheron Constantin’s ongoing sponsorship of the Paris Opera Ballet and the common values both institutes share, he also formally announced “We are honored to support The Paris Opera Ballet and look forward to supporting and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Ecole de Danse next year.”
The guests admired precious timepieces from Vacheron Constantin’s Metiers d’Art and Patrimony collections. The Métiers d’Art – Chagall l’Opéra de Paris watches were presented for the first time ever in the US on this special occasion: The “Tribute to Famous Composers,” whose dial is an exact reproduction of the famous Chagall ceiling of the Garnier Opera house, and the “Hommage a W.A. Mozart,” a unique piece and rendition of Chagall’s interpretation of this artist.
- Ms. Brigitte Lefevre and Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres
- Mr. Juan-Carlos Torres, Ms. Olivia Flatto, Ms. Brigitte Lefevre, Mr.Hugues de Pins
- Mr. Antonin Baudry, Mr. Nigel Redden