Private dinner reception in New York in honor of Benjamin Millepied’s appointment as Director of the Paris Opera Ballet

September 2013

The Violinist Tim Fain.

Vacheron Constantin along with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet and the Consulate General of France celebrated Benjamin Millepied’s appointment as Director of the Paris Opera Ballet at a private dinner in New York. Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America, hosted the evening with Francois Delattre, Ambassador of the French Republic to the United States, Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France, and Olivia Flatto, Chairman of the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet.

The intimate dinner was held at the Consulate General of France, and attended by 80 guests. Mr. Millepied was accompanied by his wife, Natalie Portman. Other notable guests included opera singer Renee Fleming, television journalist Lesley Stahl, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and prominent patrons Lily Safra and Anne Bass.

In his speech, Mr. de Pins introduced Vacheron Constantin’s ongoing sponsorship of the historic Paris Opera & Ballet, which recently celebrated the 300th Anniversary of its Ballet School. We are delighted to celebrate Benjamin Millepied’s appointment with our fellow supporters of the Paris Opera & Ballet,” Mr. de Pins remarked during the dinner  “Vacheron Constantin is a patron of ballet institutions throughout the world, including The Royal Ballet School and New York City Ballet, along with the Paris Opera Ballet. Supporting the American Friends of Paris Opera & Ballet is not only a natural extension of our commitment, but a real pleasure.”

“This celebration, hosted so generously by Vacheron Constantin in honor of Benjamin Millepied's new position as Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, reflects the heart of what the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet is about: recognizing excellence and cultivating exchange between the United States and France by supporting inspired artists who work with the Opera National de Paris," said Ms. Flatto during the evening.

During dinner, guests were entertained by an exclusive performance by violinist Tim Fain, who appeared and collaborated with Mr. Millepied in the film Black Swan. Mr. Fain performed selections from "Partita for Solo Violin", composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanying a montage of films directed and choreographed by Mr. Millepied.

On view during the evening was a unique timepiece Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse “Two Dancers on Stage,” newly created to honor the partnership between Vacheron Constantin and the Paris Opera & Ballet. The watch’s hand-enameled dial is inspired by Edgar Degas’ work of the same name, which he created while watching rehearsals at the Paris Opera more than 100 years ago.

The Actress Natalie Portman; Philanthropist Lily Safra, & Benjamin Millepied, new Director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

The Actress Natalie Portman; Philanthropist Lily Safra, & Benjamin Millepied, new Director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

François Delattre, Ambassador of the French Republic to the United States & the Actress Natalie Portman.

François Delattre, Ambassador of the French Republic to the United States & the Actress Natalie Portman.

The Violinist Tim Fain.

The Violinist Tim Fain.

Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America;  the Opera Singer Renee Fleming & Olivia Flatto , Chairman of the American Friends...

Hugues de Pins, President of Vacheron Constantin North America;  the Opera Singer Renee Fleming & Olivia Flatto, Chairman of the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet.

Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse « Two Dancers on Stage » watch.

<strong>Métiers d’Art Hommage à l’Art de la Danse « Two Dancers on Stage » watch.</strong>