One Moment In Time

The Turning Point is a beautiful movie by Jaeger-LeCoultre that follows celebrity Nicholas Hoult as he contemplates moments in life’s journey with the help of the Reverso 

British actor Nicholas Hoult has been a friend of Jaeger-LeCoultre since 2017. In an interview with Esquire last year, Hoult expresses his respect for the maison’s legacy, as he describes his trip to the manufacture as “incredible”. He says in that same interview, “Just to be able to watch that process up close and to see how skilled everyone that works there is ... and the way they are innovating, and they are so precise, and it is just a beautiful facility in a beautiful setting, is something that I was really inspired by.”

Hoult is currently enjoying huge success in his TV series The Great where he is proving to be quite the comedian. He plays Peter III which earned him Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for this comedy-drama that is loosely based on Catherine The Great, the last reigning Empress of Russia.

Prior to this, Hoult is also known for blockbuster films like the X-Men franchise as well as for award-winning films like The Favourite, his upcoming projects reflect his agility with appearances in international franchises as well as character-driven dramas.

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The Turning Point by Jaeger-LeCoultre - THE EDGE SINGAPORE

Most recently, Hoult was featured in the film The Turning Point by Jaeger-LeCoultre to highlight the 90th anniversary of the Reverso. The timepiece was created in 1931 to meet the requests of polo players who wanted to wear a watch to keep time but needed it to be protected from the rigours of the game.

This iconic watch is identifiable through its sleek, Art Deco lines and unique reversible case. Through nine decades the Reverso has continually reinvented itself without ever compromising its identity: it has housed more than 50 different calibres, while its blank metal flip side has become a canvas for creative expression, decorated with enamel, engravings or gemstones. Ninety years after the Reverso was born, it continues to epitomise the spirit of modernity that inspired its creation.

It is with this in mind that The Turning Point film is based on as it follows Nicholas through the process of an audition, contrasting moments of intense focus as he prepares to go on stage, with periods of calm reflection amid the forests of the Vallée de Joux.

As the film moves between the two settings, the actor flips the Reverso Tribute Duoface Tourbillon on his wrist to reveal its second, contrasting face. The second time zone on the reverse side subtly underlines the sense of reaching a new point.

These turning points are the essence of who we really are — the transcendent moments in our life’s journey that take us from where and what we are, to reveal what we can become. The moments when everything clicks beautifully into place — symbolised by the gentle and satisfying click of the Reverso as it locks into its new position.

Moving at a gentle pace through visually beguiling settings, the film explores abstraction and reality, nature and the man-made — revealing the beauty of each, and capturing the essence of the Reverso. The Reverso Tribute Duoface Tourbillon was chosen for this film because it perfectly embodies the manufacturer’s never-ending quest for excellence and in- novation. Uniting a flying tourbillon with the Duoface concept for the first time, it elevated the Reverso to a new level of refinement and sophistication, both technically and aesthetically.

 

The Turning Point by Jaeger-LeCoultre - THE EDGE SINGAPORE

For Nicholas, the Reverso has a special appeal: “The two faces really express my life: the character I play when I work, and the person I am when I’m not working.”

Speaking of turning points in his own life, Nicholas emphasises the power of focus and discipline, balanced by pivotal moments of quiet reflection: “Being immersed in nature — walking in the woods, or going surfing — puts me into a state of peace, where I feel at one with the world. I come back refreshed, revitalised and ready to get back into action.”

In this new film, the turning of the Re- verso symbolises every such pivotal moment — and, in doing so, is an exquisite celebration of our human potential.

Filmed in Switzerland by French director and cinematographer Théo Gottlieb, it is a quietly beautiful reflection on life’s turning points – with the Reverso as an allegory for those pivotal moments that determine whether we remain as we are or “turn” and go further.

The Turning Point begs the question: What was the turning point in your life? 

 

The Turning Point by Jaeger-LeCoultre - THE EDGE SINGAPORE