International Watch Review

Jaeger-LeCoultre's Memovox Polaris Reinterprets a Classic

Reviving an emblematic model of the house, the limited edition Memovox Polaris offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the brand with a modern, vintage touch.
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Inspired by the iconic 1968 original and featuring a unique new alarm clock feature, the Memovox Polaris is the flagship model of Jaeger-LeCoultre's newest Polaris collection. Far from a simple tribute to the historical version, this interpretation captures the full spirit of Jaeger-LeCoultre's luxury brand. The dial's architecture adds a vintage touch that emanates from the Super-LumiNova hands, trapezoid index, and ringer. In addition, the watch has several finishes on three concentric circles: the sun in the center evoking the original Memovox Polaris, the periphery graining highlighting the hours and minutes track, and the opaline treatment that emphasizes the rotating inner bezel.

Bell Mechanism with Stamp

Like the original, the 50th-anniversary limited edition has three iconic crowns. One, at 3 o'clock, sets the alarm clock; the center adjusts the rotating inner bezel; and the last one, at 4 o'clock, sets the time. These have each been redesigned for improved ergonomics. With a 42 millimeter diameter, the case offers finishes worthy of a sporty-chic watch: a fine bezel and alternation of brushed and polished surfaces. The Jaeger-LeCoultre 956 manufacture caliber which animates it is equipped, like its ancestor, with a display of the central second time and a bell mechanism with a date stamp. The heir to the first movement of an automatic clock watch created by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the fifties, the Memovox has been constantly improved and still embodies its signature precision, durability, and reliability. It is also one of the rare ringing movements still in production, more than sixty years after its creation. Authentic and contemporary makes for a refined Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Technical Details

The watch has a steel case of 42 millimeters, three adjustment rings, and is waterproof up to 200 meters. It features mechanical movement with automatic winding and a Jaeger-LeCoultre 956 caliber. It has 268 parts and makes 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a 44-hour power reserve. The Memovox Polaris keeps track of time down to the second. It also convenietly displays the date. It has a rotating bezel and a rubber strap with a steel folding clasp.

Photography by Jean-Baptiste Degez

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