The Polaris Chronograph is one of the five individuals from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new 2018 Polaris assortment . Until now, we have seen the new Polaris Geographic World Time and reviewed the passage level Polaris Automatic , the vintage-propelled Polaris Date and Polaris Memovox models. To complete the pentalogy, we’ll investigate the Polaris Chronograph. The sportiest of the newcomers, this 42mm chronograph is out to overcome men with its attractive physical make-up and appealing cost. Fitted with an in-house chronograph type and outfitted with a tachymeter scale, the Polaris Chronograph carries a hint of course dynamism to the line-up.
The need for speed
It’s not something a great deal of us partner with the brand, however Jaeger-LeCoultre has a genuine stake in the realm of motorsports and even supported the Passione Engadina exemplary vehicle rally in 2017 . The explanation for this coalition is notable and returns to the beginning of the 20th century when Jaeger began producing cockpit instruments for Allied Force planes during WWI and, following the Armistice, stretched out into dashboard instruments for vehicles (Many of the vintage Italian vehicles at the Passione Endagina rally actually bore their unique Jaeger dashboard instruments).
The tachymeter scale, intended to gauge speed over a fixed distance, brings this Polaris model nearer to the race track. Like the bi-compax arrangement to the Master Chronograph Sector Dial , the chronograph includes only two, profoundly obvious sub-dials for passed times.
All in the family
The Polaris Chronograph is the embodiment of an exquisite chronograph and in that regard removes a page straightforwardly from the book of its amazing predecessor, the 1968 Memovox Polaris. At the point when Jaeger-LeCoultre dispatched the Memovox Deep Sea (1959), it made horological history as the world’s first plunge watch with an alert capacity to remind jumpers when to surface. Returned to throughout the long term, the model that made the greatest sprinkle and stuck in individuals’ brains was the 1968 Memovox Polaris. Commending 50 years of this notorious model, the 2018 Polaris Collection gets on the one of a kind character of its forefather.
Unlike the jump watches of its day, described by their cumbersome cases and outer pivoting bezels, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Memovox jumper was a rich looking instrument watch with an unpretentious internal turning bezel to set the alert, a cleaned up dial with brilliant three-sided files and exquisite facetted drags. Deeply neat, the 1968 Memovox Polaris was a flexible watch that could understand profundities of 200 meters yet shrewd enough to wear to the office.
Like each of the five individuals from the 2018 Polaris Collection, the instance of this chronograph is hand-completed – and you can tell. The exchanging cleaned and silk brushed wraps up carry an additional hint of class to the watch and are not standard charge in a watch of this price.
Presented in a distance across of 42mm and accessible in steel and 18k rose gold, the Polaris Chronograph highlights updated rectangular pushers for a superior grasp and the exemplary facetted drags of its ancestor. The decision of keeping the bezel quite dainty is right on the money considering a more open, extensive perspective on the dial, and the consolidation of the tachymeter scale on the dial (and not on the outside bezel) is with regards to the soul of its ancestor.
Clarity and Elegance
Legibility is of the quintessence and the Polaris Chronograph lifts up this factor. The extreme sea blue dial (likewise accessible with a dark dial) gives a compelling differentiation to the white markings on the dial. With its bi-compax sub-dials for passed hours and minutes, the plan abstains from the joining of a little seconds counter and the interruption of a date window permitting the elements of the chronograph to prevail.
Composed of concentric circles designed with various surfaces to add profundity, the focal point of the dial shows a smooth, sunray finish, while the hours and minutes plate is grained giving it a practically coarse, black-top dashing track feel. With regards to the general class of the watch, the tachymeter scale has been joined on the dial and not on the bezel.
The curiously large trapezium-molded markers and strong Arabic numerals of the notable 1968 model are returned to on the Polaris Chronograph in a more contemporary key. Applied to the dial and illustrated for additional help, the lists shrivel where the sub-counters attack the hours and minutes circle. Furthermore, similar to the hands, they are completely treated with Super-LumiNova.
JLC’s well known Caliber 751
The new Polaris Chronograph is outfitted with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s programmed Caliber 751, a veteran twofold barrel chronograph originally dispatched in 2004 for the Master Compressor chronograph (and all the more as of late in the Master Chronograph Sector Dial ), and the primary programmed chronograph development delivered by the brand.
A section wheel chronograph with a vertical grip – the most ideal combination for an exact and solid development – Caliber 751 vitalizes the twin chronograph counters (30-moment and 12-hour sub-dials – no little second) the focal seconds, hours and minutes and offers a 65-hour power save. The development is designed in exemplary Jaeger-LeCoultre style with Geneva stripes, blued screws, sloped points and a cutting edge anthracite-covered rotor.
Variations on a theme
The Polaris Chronograph with the sea blue dial is accessible with a three-interface steel wristband or a flexible calfskin tie. Because of a bar framework on the drags, the wristband and tie can be traded in a jiffy. The steel on steel variant retails for EUR 10,800 while the steel with calfskin retails for EUR 9,900 (incl. Tank) – both for the blue or the dark version.
There is likewise a 18k rose gold rendition of the Polaris Chronograph retailing for EUR 24,500. The cost shifts somewhat as indicated by geological area, so if it’s not too much trouble, make certain to counsel the brand website page at the official cost in your country: www.jaeger-lecoultre.com .