Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Limited Edition

The newest version of the Polaris you know and love.

Quick Take

This is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s modern take on the original Polaris from 1968 on the occasion of its 50th birthday. While the other models in the new Polaris collection offer totally new takes on the form, with a mix of complications, this is the tribute watch you’d expect from an anniversary collection. The 42mm stainless steel case houses an automatic alarm movement that’s hidden behind the deep black dial with its vanilla-colored markers that give the watch some vintage flair. For those who love the original Polaris, this watch should do the trick, though it’s also a sturdy modern tool watch in its own right that might introduce some new people into the vintage model.

Why This Watch Matters

There’s no question that the Polaris is one of the true icons in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s past. While some of the other models might be more commercially focused (this is a 1,000 piece limited edition, after all), it’s this model that is the real benchmark for those in the know. It’s important to note that there have been re-issues of the Polaris before, but this watch is consistent with the rest of the new collection, showing off the varied case finishes, three-finish black dial, and applied markers filled with faux aged lume, while retaining the classic three-crown set-up, inner rotating bezel, and alarm function.

Initial Thoughts

It’s tough not to like this watch. Sure, a reissued Polaris isn’t shocking (especially considering the anniversary), but the watch looks great and pays tribute to a real classic. My only practical gripe is about the thickness of the case, which at 15.9mm sits high on the wrist. It’s still comfortable, but you do notice the size. One interesting thing to note is that for these 1,000 watches, the caliber 956 movements are actually being assembled in JLC’s complications workshop to make sure they’ve working to the highest standards possible. This isn’t something Jaeger is talking about too much, but it’s a nice little bit of added value for the collectors who buy these watches.

The Basics

Brand: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Model: Polaris Memovox Limited Edition
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 15.9mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Black, with sunray, grained, and opaline finishes
Indexes: Applied Arabic numerals and trapezoid batons
Lume: Vanilla Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 200m
Strap/Bracelet: Black rubber strap with Clous de Paris pattern and steel folding buckle

The Movement

Caliber: In-House Caliber 956
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, alarm
Power Reserve: 44 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 23
Total Components: 268
Additional Details: Specially assembled in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s complications workshop for this limited edition

Pricing & Availability

Price: $12,600
Availability: From 9:30AM CET on January 15, 2018, directly from Jaeger-LeCoultre online
Limited Edition: 1,000 pieces

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