JAEGER-LECOULTRE – POLARIS MEMOVOX
The brand celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Memovox with the launch of the new Polaris collection. All the original attractions are preserved, including the alarm function.
1968. Young people came together, determined to change the world. The same year, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled its revolutionary watch. The Memovox was the first diving watch with an alarm function to alert divers during underwater excursions. Fifty years later, the manufacture has given a new life to this iconic watch with a series limited to 1,000 pieces that will be joining the brand-new Polaris collection to be launched at the SIHH (Salon de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva in January. Like the original model, this version features three crowns on a 42-mm-wide steel case. The upper crown is used to set the alarm. The middle one adjusts the revolving inner bezel. And the lower crown moves the hour and minute hands to set the time.
On the dial, the original spirit is preserved with a wealth of vintage details, such as the trapezium-shaped indices or vanilla-tinted Super-LumiNova® on all the dial’s elements. The triangle showing the alarm is still on a rotating central disc. It can be set very easily to the time you wish using the crown. A sub-dial at 3 o’clock displays the date.
The Polaris Memovox is driven by an automatic mechanical movement, the calibre 956, providing 44 hours of power reserve.
This diver’s watch is watertight down to 200m. It is worn with a rubber strap featuring an original folding clasp for greater comfort on land and in the sea.
Price: 12,800 EUR www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
By Dan Diaconu