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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new timepieces celebrate 50 years of the Memovox Polaris

Luxury timepieces are more than just an accessory. It helps to complement your entire outfit, but it doesn’t mean it works for all of them. Certain timepieces help to keep the balance of your wardrobe, and others help to elevate them. When it comes to the latest Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection, it is capable of accomplishing both. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris combines its elegance with the sportiness of the modern man who is constantly on-the-go.

Drawing inspiration from the iconic 1968 Memovox Polaris timepiece, the latest Polaris collection joins in the foray, featuring a full range of timepieces. Besides its three-hand automatic, the Polaris collection will also carry a chronograph as well as a chronograph world time. Jaeger-LeCoultre also brings back its vintage look and feel with two other timepieces – the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox.

The five new timepieces of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection aims to reinvent the term “sporty elegance”, with the introduction of a limited edition piece that pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Memovox Polaris.

Polaris Automatic

First up from its latest collection is the Polaris Automatic, which features two crowns – one for its time setting and the other for the inner rotating bezel. What makes the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection unique is its dual-crown layout, something that can only be found within the collection.

At 41mm, the stainless steel bezel of the Polaris Automatic houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 898/1 automatic mechanical movement with up to 40 hours of power reserve. It’s water resistant up to 100m and comes in two dials: ocean blue or black. Interchangeable straps are available for the Polaris Automatic as well as a three-link bracelet, a new addition for 2018.

Polaris Chronograph in Steel

The 42mm Polaris Chronograph in steel carries a tachymeter bezel, expressing a more sporty look. You can now track your speed over a fixed distance thanks to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s love for motorsports, with its Jaeger dashboard instruments featured in many classic cars.

Carrying the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 751 automatic mechanical movement, its safe to say that a chronograph is the most practical complication in watchmaking. Its redesigned grip provides greater comfort and stability while its thin bezel makes it easier to tell the time. Much like the Polaris Automatic, the Polaris Chronograph will come in either a black or ocean blue dial and is water resistant up to 100m.

The Polaris Chronograph is also the only model that comes in a rose gold case option, featuring an anthracite dial and a rose gold oscillating weight.

Polaris Chronograph World Time

A step up from the Polaris Chronograph in steel, the World Time model offers much more for the world traveller. From an in-house chronograph to the world time complication, it also comes with two chronograph crowns. It also has an additional third crown at its 10 o’clock to control the rotating city disc. This allows you to adjust to the city you are currently in while looking at the time in 23 other cities around the world.

The Polaris Chronograph World Time has a slightly bigger bezel at 44mm, which enhances its readability. Its titanium case is only 13mm thick, making it lightweight on your wrist while still maintaining its comfortability. It also houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 752 movement with 100m water resistance and 65-hour power reserve. It also shares the same set of dials as the previous pieces.

Polaris Date

The Polaris Date restores its strongest link back to the original 1968 Polaris. It carries the same design language, much like the original, which includes the use of Vanilla Super-LumiNova. It also has a date window on its 3 o’clock and its 42mm stainless steel case contains the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 899/1 movement.

Made for ardent sports enthusiasts, the Polaris Date can be submerged up to 200m. It also has a dual-crown layout: one for the time and another for its inner rotating bezel. It will also feature a new rubber strap with the Clous de Paris pattern and a three-link bracelet.

Polaris Memovox

At only 1,000 pieces, the Polaris Memovox is a limited edition model that features the same special alarm function that was made famous by the original 1968 Memovox Polaris watch. Commemorating the model’s 50th anniversary, the timepiece comes with an iconic three-crown design, which controls the alarm (top), the inner rotating bezel (middle), and the time (bottom).

Powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956, it is the descendant of the first actual automatic alarm watch movement created by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the 1950s. It is housed within the 42mm stainless steel case while being water resistant up to 200m and has 44 hours of power reserve.


Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.
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