Back at the SIHH 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented a fresh out of the box new assortment with a combination of vintage and lively motivation – something that was obviously absent in the reach. In view of the popular “Polaris Memovox” from 1968, the brand built up a whole line-up comprising a chrono , a WT-chrono , a period in particular , a Worldtime and obviously, a caution “Memovox” variant. To wrap things up (and an undisputed top choice), was the vintage-propelled time-and-date jumper , which is the base for today’s curiosity, with new “Blue Double Gradient” dial. Meet the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition.
There’s no concealing the way that the new Polaris assortment hasn’t come suddenly. It was displayed on perhaps the most notorious games watches at any point made by JLC, the acclaimed, profoundly collectable and attractive Polaris Memovox – and looking at this watch , you comprehend that Jeager-LeCoultre was directly in taking this piece as an inspiration.
The new assortment is a lively, somewhat modernized interpretation of the Polaris idea. Not as such jump watches, not in essence rough games pieces, it combines an easygoing, toolish look with the polish you anticipate from JLC. With everything taken into account, the new Polaris assortment was generally welcomed by the overall population and is currently growing. All things considered, the 1960s were by all account not the only time of the old Polaris. The watch likewise made it to the following decade.
Vintage is trendy… But after extreme examination of 1960s watches, brands are pushing ahead and now take the 1970s and the astounding styles a smidgen all the more genuinely. The Polaris Memovox advanced over the course of the years to become the Polaris II, with another case and more brilliant schemes.
The watch we’re looking at today is propelled by one specific model, the Memovox Polaris II ref. 870, a watch that kept the caution work yet not the inward turning bezel. Yet, that’s not the subject of the day… What drew JLC’s configuration group consideration was the cool, twofold gradient shading plan of the dial. Clearly, very cool! So there you go, you have the raison d’être of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition.
The “Blue Double Gradient” Polaris Date Limited Edition
The new model depends on the “vintagey” form of the 2018 Polaris, which includes an inward pivoting bezel and, obviously, a date work (the vintage variants highlighted such a complication). Compared to the dark variant we looked into back in 2018 , no emotional changes in regards to the extents, the mechanics, the particulars of the materials. Same-same on most parts, yet note the expansion of a shiny new, rather striking dial.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition adheres to the 3-section dial that gave the model all its allure – which is unmistakably enlivened by the vintage Memovox, with its focal plate for the caution work, its hour spine and inner bezel. The focal plate of this new form highlights sunray with a gradient blue impact – lighter in the middle. Then comes the hours’ area, which is grained with a gradient impact – going from profound turquoise to a profound shade of illustrious blue. To wrap things up, the internal turning bezel, with hour long scale, has an opaline completion and is treated in dark blue. The whole dial is hand-lacquered.
The rest of the dial stays devoted to the assortment, with lengthened and adapted applied Arabic numerals and trapezoidal hour markers – all loaded up with beige iridescent paint. The date window is situated at 3 o’clock and peruses on a white plate – this will undoubtedly produce debate…
The 200m water-safe case estimates 42mm in distance across and holds its eminent completing – as we clarified in our presenting survey of the assortment, the instances of the Polaris watches are hand-designed with extraordinary consideration, including hand-applied brushing (something uncommon in this value range). The mark twofold crown – one for the development, one for the bezel – are as yet present. The development, covered up under a strong steel back, is the in-house Caliber 899A/1 with 4Hz recurrence and 38h force hold. The watches have gone through 1,000 hours of testing prior to leaving the Manufacture.
Combined to this new “Blue Double Gradient” plot is a blue elastic lash, with “Clous de Paris” design and mounted on a deployant buckle.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition ref. Q9068681 will be limited to 800 pieces and valued at USD 8,250 (excl. charges). More subtleties at www.jaeger-lecoultre.com .