Right from the beginning of the SIHH 2018, we ensured that the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris 2018 Collection was covered here, on MONOCHROME. Without a doubt, it addresses one of the fundamental oddities of the show and is a critical assortment for JLC as its solitary genuine games scope of watches. And keeping in mind that the Memovox will unquestionably be the best of all, we need to show you another model that we consider the cornerstone of the assortment. Non-restricted, generally reasonable yet at the same time vintage-roused, let’s meet the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date.
Where does the assortment come from? Also, for what reason does it show up available now, not as a straightforward vintage re-release, but rather as a complete assortment? Above all else, when your name is Jaeger-LeCoultre you can’t go excessively far regarding specialized looks, roughness or energy. In collector’s minds, JLC is an exemplary brand, with a specific class and a customary plan. Nothing excessively extravagant, nothing excessively conspicuous. Controlled and first rate. Be that as it may, when you are a set up assembling, knowing the latest thing for easygoing/sports watches, you basically can’t avoid a particularly huge market fragment – which is the thing that JLC had been doing now for a while.
With this in mind, Jaeger-LeCoultre needed to respond and present something that was both easygoing/lively and in accordance with the common insight watch aficionados have of the brand. This is how JLC has managed this new Polaris 2018 Collection , which is something beyond a vintage re-release. Having a devoted reissue of a wonderful watch is a certain something, in any case, making a complete assortment is very another. This is the reason the new Polaris is as yet a Polaris, however not a 1960s Polaris either… I know, this sounds complicated – yet it isn’t.
The thought behind the assortment was to remain consistent with the name it bears, and the new Polaris 2018 Collection is a very much dosed blend of vintage components and current highlights. What changes among the various models is the cutting edge/vintage proportion. On certain pieces – like the chronograph, WorldTime and Automatic time-just – we for the most part have present day contacts. On the Memovox and the Polaris Date, the vintage pizazz is more present.
Regarding the Memovox, we think this watch merits an inside and out article – and it will come just after the SIHH. The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date, which won’t be a restricted release, has all the makings of a hit. At last, except for the alert capacity and hence the third crown, it is practically a similar watch. Also, a wonderful one!
As referenced, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date is more vintage-propelled than the other individuals from the assortment. This is all because of one component: the false patina paint applied on the records and hands, which are planned like the 1968 form. In general, the plan of the Polaris is consistent with the first, albeit numerous components have been reshaped or changed to get a watch that is more present day – and much better regarding quality as well.
The instance of this 2018 Polaris Date estimates 42mm in measurement and is water-impervious to 200m presenting it the markings of a genuine games watch. However, the case is a long way from having the finishings of a device watch. Shockingly, at a watch in this cost portion, the surfaces are completely wrapped up by hand, whether the glossy silk parts or the cleaned chamfers. The outcome is amazingly wonderful in the metal and sets this watch in a higher class. The case is appended to an elastic lash with a careful “clous de Paris” surface. A metallic bracelet, which is done like the situation, is additionally available.
The dial quickly says something. The state of the records (12 – 6 – 9 Arabic numerals and three-sided markers), which are applied and not painted, just as the three-tone design, are clear references to the chronicled show and make a persuading ancestry. The focal part shows a sunburst finish, the hour ring a grained surface and the internal bezel an opaline surface. A fascinating comment concerning the date, which has been purposely positioned on this vintage adaptation and not on the time-just (and more current) variant, is dedicated to the 1968 model with its date feature.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date
As an individual from the Polaris assortment, the current vintage-roused rendition depends on the ordinary “compressor” plan, which suggests a huge dial with no external bezel, though with a twin-crown: one to wind and set the development, one to pivot the inward jumper bezel with its hour long scale. Very famous during the 1960s, it stays an uncommon component today that solitary a small bunch of makes actually use – yet an entirely alluring plan if you were to ask me. This shortfall of an outer turning bezel also adds to the tastefulness and vintage style of this Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date.
Inside the case, covered up under a case back engraved much the same as the 1968 model, is the type 899/1, a development that can be found in the new Master Sector Dial Automatic. With 219 sections altogether, a 4Hz recurrence and a 38-hour power hold, it offers the rudiments and that’s just the beginning, as guaranteed by the “1000 Hours Control”. The design all through is wonderful, regardless of whether the development isn’t noticeable here.
The vintage-motivated Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Date is a charming watch with a triumphant plan, obviously in accordance with the thought we have of JLC. Not very energetic, somewhat vintage, consummately finished… Well done. This model will be estimated at EUR 6,300 (before charges) on a rubber lash. It will be accessible as of April 2018 in stores and in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s official e-shop .