Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Watches are the Luxury Timekeepers for Men of Action
If you’ve ever wondered what a man of means would wear for sweaty, sun-filled, or active endeavors like, maybe, sailing, riding horses, or other things that men of means like to busy themselves with, look no further that the 2018 Polaris Collection by Swiss watch house Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Inspired by the Memovox Polaris from 1968, the iconic diving watch that evoked the era’s spirit of adventure (and also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), the new line comes in a range of five time-pieces, all suited for, as the original model’s rally cry says, men of adventure.
There are useful standbys such as a three-hand automatic, a chronograph, and a chronograph world time, as well as two models with a vintage feel. Of course, all these have been updated for today’s tastes. Most notably, the lugs are shorter, the bezel is slimmer, the finish is polished and brushed, and the Plexiglas of yore has been by sapphire crystal.
Here’s what you need to know about the Polaris' new design:
The dial features those recognizable circles
It combines different finishings on three concentric circles: a Memovox Polaris-inspired sunray finish at center, graining on the outer circle, and an opaline finish on the rotating inner bezel. Notice, too, the classic Arabic numbers combined with contemporary trapezoidal indices.
The colors recall the original Memovox
In two retro-style models, the Super-LumiNova of the hands are colored vanilla as an homage to the look of the glow-in-dark Tritium of the Memovox. The new dials also come in the original black as well as an ocean blue.
The case features made-for-today proportions
The shorter lugs are sharp, the slimmer bezels are rounded, and the large crowns, which are similar to the 1968 model, have been redesigned for better grip. Also new are exhibition backs that show off the high watchmaking manufacture movements of JLC.
The bracelet is interchangeable
The three-link metal bracelet, which is ergonomic and comfortable, can be switched out for alligator leather or calfskin. The latter comes in light and dark brown versions with an aged leather patina and a new graphic folding buckle.
Now that you’re up to speed with the design, it’s time to ogle the watches:
The one for diving: Polaris Automatic
Recalling the collection’s roots in diving, this features two crowns that set everyday time and track elapsed time (via the inner rotating bezel).
The one for driving: Polaris Steel Chronograph
The sportiest among the bunch, this 42mm watch has a tachymeter bezel that determines your speed over a fixed distance (for when you are driving your sports car on the race track).
The one for flying: Polaris Chronograph WT
This world time watch has an additional crown at 10 o’clock to control the rotating city disc, which allows you to see the time in 23 other cities around the world.
The one for originals: Polaris Date
Most reminiscent of the 1968 Memovox, the watch makes use of several original design codes, including the vanilla Super-LumiNova, trapezoidal indices mixed with Arabic numbers, and a railway track for the minutes.
The one for collectors: Polaris Memovox
Issued in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, this 50th anniversary model features the special alarm function, made famous by the 1968 Memovox Polaris watch, via the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956, a movement that has been in production for more than 60 years.