Janek Deleskiewicz, Design and Artistic Director, Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, whose creative pursuits led to a treasure trove of horological works of art, talks about the brand that is innovative but still loyal to its past. It even supports UNESCO’s charity missions.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live between Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, and Paris and I travel a lot. It is often the encounters with clients and friends of the brand that give me new ideas. We have just presented the new ladies Rendez-Vous Ivy collection and I have had considerable positive feedback from all over the world! It is very inspiring!
How did your journey with design begin?
Upon completing my training as an industrial designer, I began working in the Ford Industries development bureau in Bordeaux. In 1977, I moved to Paris, where I took part in organising art and design exhibitions in the Centre Pompidou, in the Louvre and the Grand Palais. I then joined the Edouard Maurel design studio, where I worked on projects for Citroën Industries, and on a number of cultural and commercial exhibitions.
Which living person do you most admire?
It is hard to name one, but I will choose Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO whom I met recently. She devotes her life to defending causes that are important for the planet. She is a hard worker and there is a deep meaning to what she does. I am proud that Jaeger-LeCoultre supports UNESCO in its missions.
Who would you want to custom-make a piece for?
I usually do not have one single person in mind while creating a new watch...each project is a work of imagination.
I play the saxophone, I love jazz. It is the music where we break the rules all the time. It is spontaneous creation. And the same notes can express sadness, nostalgic tones or a cheerful mood.