Again at SIHH 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a model new assortment combining classic and sporty inspiration – one thing that was clearly lacking from the lineup. Primarily based on the well-known "Polaris Memovox" from 1968, the model has developed an entire vary together with a chrono, a WT-chrono, one hour solely, a Worldtime and naturally a model "Memovox" with alarm. Final however not least (and a private favourite) was the classic impressed timestamp diver, which varieties the premise of right now's novelty, with its new 'Blue Double Gradient' dial. Right here is the restricted version Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date.
It's not inconceivable to cover the truth that the brand new Polaris assortment didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s impressed by probably the most iconic sports activities watches ever created by JLC, the well-known, extremely collector and collector Polaris Memovox – and, this watch, you’ll perceive that Jeager-LeCoultre was proper to take this piece as inspiration.
The 1968 "Memovox Polaris" classic that impressed the brand new Polaris assortment
The brand new assortment is a sporty and barely modernized model of the Polaris idea. No diving watches in itself, no sturdy sports activities items, it combines an off-the-cuff and chic look with the magnificence you count on from JLC. In whole, the brand new Polaris assortment has been properly obtained by most people and is booming. Nonetheless, the 1960s weren’t the one period of the outdated Polaris. The watch has additionally reached the following decade.
Classic is trendy … However after a cautious examination of 1960's watches, manufacturers are transferring ahead and at the moment are taking the 1970s and funky types slightly extra critically. The Polaris Memovox has advanced over time to turn into the Polaris II, with a brand new case and extra colourful patterns.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris II blue E870 – supply Timeless Watches
The watch we watch right now is impressed by a specific mannequin, the Memovox Polaris II ref. 870, a watch that stored the alarm operate however not the interior rotating bezel. However that's not the topic of the day … What caught the eye of JLC's design staff is the mix of chilly and mushy dial colours. Clearly, fairly cool! In order that's the rationale for the brand new restricted version Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date.
The Polaris Date Restricted Version "Blue Gradient"
The brand new mannequin relies on the "classic" model of the Polaris 2018, which options an inside rotating bezel and, unsurprisingly, a date function (the classic variations featured such a complication). In comparison with the black model we examined in 2018, we didn’t see any dramatic change in proportions, mechanics, or materials specs. Identical for many elements, however observe the addition of a model new, reasonably daring dial.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Restricted Version Version sticks to the Three-part dial that has given the mannequin all its attraction – which is clearly impressed by the Memovox classic, with its central disk for the operate of Alarm, its hour flask and its inside telescope. The central disk of this new model options sunray with a gradient impact of blue, lighter within the heart. Subsequent is the hour sector, which has a gradient impact from deep turquoise to royal blue. Lastly, the interior rotating bezel, with a scale of 60 minutes, has an opaline end and is handled in deep blue. The dial is totally lacquered by hand.
The rest of the dial stays true to the gathering, with elongated and stylized utilized Arabic numerals and trapezoidal hour markers, all full of beige luminous paint. The date window is positioned at Three o'clock and reads on a white disk – this will solely spark debate …
The waterproof case of 200 m is 42 mm in diameter and retains an outstanding end. As we’ve defined in our introductory evaluation of the gathering, the circumstances of Polaris watches are hand adorned with nice care, together with hand-applied brushing (a rarity on this value vary). The double signature crown – one for motion, one for the bezel – is at all times current. The motion, hid underneath a stable metal again, is the interior caliber 899A / 1 with 4Hz frequency and energy reserve of 38h. The watches underwent 1,000 hours of testing earlier than leaving the Manufacture.
This new "Double Blue Gradient" system is related to a blue rubber bracelet, with "Clous de Paris" motif and mounted on a deployment buckle.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Restricted Version Date Ref. Q9068681 will probably be restricted to 800 items priced at USD eight,250 (excluding taxes). Extra particulars on www.jaeger-lecoultre.com.