The Jaeger‑LeCoultre Polaris collection takes cues from the Memovox Polaris designed back in 1968, something of a legendary product today. At the core of this classic iteration is the famous alarm function which was designed to remind divers that it was time to return to dry land. The first style made with two off-center crowns and thicker than usual glass that enabled better reading has now informed a fresh collection.
Designed to equip the modern man with everything he needs in any location, the steel strap with an alternating polished and satin finish goes perfectly with the case, which is itself a triumph of design. With trapezoidal hour markers, numerals and hands that are covered in Super-LumiNova, a special luminous coating, there is optimal readability at night.
In addition, the black, blue and gray dial options make this a truly masculine offering, offset with an elegant, casual aesthetic. These highly functional watches have water resistance of up to 100 or 200 meters and look just as good on metal, leather or rubber straps. Indeed, the rubber options are enhanced with a gorgeous Clous de Paris finish.
Although sporty, the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Polaris collection also possesses much of the elegance of any other watch family created at this legendary Maison. Sunray brushed, grained and opaline finishes grace the dials, while the case boasts a light reflecting, alternating brushed and polished design. Then there’s the transparent sapphire case-back that’s a part of most of the collection's pieces, which allows for marvelling at the complexity of the Jaeger‑LeCoultre in house created automatic movement within.
The Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris is a strikingly simple watch focused on communicating the brand’s twin pillars of luxury and functionality in the most straightforward of ways. This watch family boasts a 42mm stainless steel case, apart from the Automatic which measures in at 41mm. The Polaris Date, Memovox, Automatic and Chronograph are exceptionally elegant day to day watches from one of the globe’s most respected horology brands.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris' Features
With a striking case, Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris watches have handsome lugs and dynamic lines that make for a masculine yet restrained aesthetic overall. With mixed brushed and polished finish, the Polaris family is a real triumph of classic design infused with modern technology.
Indeed, the in house JLC caliber 898/1 is an exceptionally high quality automatic movement that ploughs away at 4 Hz and boasts a 40-hour power reserve. All of this is visible through the transparent rear of the watch case and makes the Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris a truly stunning piece of microengineering.
Whilst undoubtedly influenced by the classic original Polaris, today’s iterations are certainly their own watch. In fact, the real stand out of this watch is the sheer amount of richness there is to its dial. Indeed, with features such as applied batons and Arabic numerals at the poles, the way the light catches and compliments this stunning watch face is truly a thing of great beauty. The size of this watch means it will have mass appeal that stretches far wider than just vintage watch lovers. In fact, the Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris is a stunning watch for day to day use that reflects the luxury and high technology that the brand represents.
In the end, the Polaris Automatic is a stunning watch that’s rugged and masculine yet packed with the level of Swiss horology prowess that a Jaeger LeCoultre always has. This is a refreshing take on a classic silhouette from the brand and represents something of a diversion from that more formal styles for which Jaeger LeCoultre are famous.