SIHH '18 - Sound Bites: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox

Reintroducing the world’s only waterproof mechanical alarm watch.

BY Celine Yap | Jan 17, 2018 | Feature

Image by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Among many of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s cult classics, the Polaris stands out as a watch nerd’s favourite because alarm watches are not at all common, much less one that continues to perform underwater. Dating back to 1968, this sports watch turns 50 this year and is the sole highlight for the Grande Maison at the SIHH.

But instead of going the predictable route and issue a reedition of the original model, Jaeger-LeCoultre showed how a tribute could also be forward-looking and contemporary. The result is a collection of very modern Polaris timepieces that while remain unmistakably connected to the historical piece, also have a clear identity of their own. In particular, the Polaris Memovox with its black three-part dial, robust stainless steel case and ultra-legible numerals and indexes bears the strongest connection.

The design team paid extra attention to details, using only applied numerals and indexes tipped with beige Superluminova for a subtle vintage look. Finishing of the dial involves three types of decorative effects: opaline, grained, and sunrayed. The rubber strap, too, recalls the strap texture of the original model. User-friendly and highly ergonomic, this is the ideal adventurer’s watch.