Flying the flag for our region

A string of women from the Middle East stole the limelight at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

They  included Egyptian actress Nelly Karim, Kuwaiti influences Noha Nabil and Saudi Arabian presenter Sara Murad.

And each of them sported Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces, the official partner of the Venice International Film Festival for the 14th consecutive year.

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Nelly wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Secret piece while Noha accessorised her stunning dusky pink gown with a Rendez-Vous Sonatina from the brand. Meanwhile, Sara sported a Rendez-Vous Celestial.


The luxury brand held a private dinner for 80 international guests at Palazzo Pisani Moretta. Tsar Paul I of Russia, Josephine Bonaparte, Roman Emperor Joseph II and Goethe have all been welcomed at the Venice-based Palace.

It was also host to Letters Live by Jaeger-LeCoultre brand ambassador Benedict Cumberbatch. The initiative invites world-class artists to perform live readings of historical letters on stage in a bid to promote the power of literacy. The Sherlock star and fellow performer and South Korean actor Lee Byung-Hun both wore watches from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection. The timepiece is inspired by the 1968 Memovox Polaris diving watch.


A number of international celebrities, including Salma Hayek-Pinault, Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett and Elle Fanning also attended the film festival.

Jaeger-LeCoultre champions the art of cinema all-year round in a number of ways, including awarding film-makers, supporting talent and preserving the heritage of classic films for the future through its film restoration projects.

Check out our line-up of the best dressed at the Venice Film Festival here.

Wish we could be there!

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