The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Collection
March 6th, 2018 by Jayme Pretzloff
This year marks the 50th anniversary for the illustrious Memovox Polaris, an ingenious combination by Jaeger-LeCoultre of a vibrating alarm function with a fully capable diving watch. The brand is celebrating the milestone with the introduction of an entirely new Polaris collection featuring a variety of styles, complications and finishes. Not simply an homage to a single timepiece, the new collection encompasses five entirely new timepieces infused with the spirit of the historic Memovox Polaris.
Two Crown Simplicity: The Polaris Automatic
The simplest model in the collection, the Polaris Automatic draws its inspiration from the original Memovox model with its design aesthetics and trapezoidal indices. Its clean dial design highlights the unique triple-tone dial—a combination of sunray-finish at the center dial, grained-finish by the indices and a satin-finish on the inner bezel. This 41mm in-house automatic timepiece is water resistant to 100 meters, and features the Memovox’s iconic dual crowns—one for setting time and one for rotating the inner bezel. Simplifying the act of tracking elapsed time, the inner rotating bezel speaks to the diving-inspired function of this timepiece.
Inspired Vintage: The Polaris Date
At 42mm, the Polaris Date is slightly larger and includes an integrated date window in the three o’clock position. The Polaris Date is available on a brand-new rubber strap with a Clous de Paris pattern, giving it an old-school dive watch feel. Sharing similar aesthetic elements, the link between the original Polaris and the new Polaris Date is immediately apparent. Short of missing the third crown and Memovox disc, the Polaris Date could easily be mistaken for the vintage 1968 Polaris.
Timing Made Elegant: The Polaris Chronograph
Equipped with a tachymeter bezel and dual-register chronograph, the Polaris Chronograph is the sportiest model in the new collection. While the new Polaris Chronograph adopts its design cues from the overall collection, it branches off from the dive watch DNA of the Polaris and integrates an entirely different function. This model is available with a brand-new bracelet design from Jaeger-LeCoultre that is as handsome as it is comfortable. The three-link bracelet showcases a striking combination of mirror and satin polished links that seamlessly integrates into the 42mm case. The Polaris Chronograph is the only Polaris model currently available in a precious metal, available with a rose gold case and anthracite dial.
Perfect Traveler: The Polaris Chronograph WT
Loaded with functionality, the Polaris Chronograph WT is the most complicated timepiece in the Polaris collection. The Polaris Chronograph WT is a serious sports watch that remains surprisingly elegant while it incorporates chronograph, GMT and world time functions on its dial. World time watches can be difficult to read, which is why Jaeger-LeCoultre utilized a generous 44mm titanium case to enhance readability and maintain lightness and comfort. The crown located in the ten o’clock position controls the rotating city disc, allowing the wearer to immediately see the time in 23 other cities around the world.
Rebirth of an Icon: The Polaris Memovox
Issued in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, this modern model features the special alarm function made famous by the 1968 Memovox Polaris. The Polaris Memovox retains the iconic three-crown design: one for setting the alarm (top), one for the inner rotating bezel (middle) and one for setting the time (bottom). Paying tribute to the original Memovox Polaris, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Polaris Memovox has been updated with all the finishes of the new collection while still remaining faithful to the original model.
With their vintage-inspired designs and utilitarian complications, it’s hard not to love Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Polaris models. Inspired by an icon from the past, Jaeger-LeCoultre succeeded in creating a modern collection specifically designed for the contemporary gentleman.
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