To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris timepiece from 1968, the Swiss watchmaker has created a tribute watch and introduced it at the 2018 edition of the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. The new limited edition Polaris Memovox has all the qualities to be considered as a worthy descendant of one of the true icons in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s past. The vintage-inspired model features the special alarm function made famous by the 1968 Memovox Polaris watch and has an iconic three-crown design: one for setting the alarm (top), one for the inner rotating bezel (middle) and one for setting the time (bottom).
The 42mm stainless steel case of watch is identical in style and proportions to watch it pays tribute to and houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 956 – an automatic movement with alarm and date. This caliber is a direct descendant of the first automatic alarm watch movement created by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the 1950s. Other vintage cues include three-finish black dial, vanilla luminous paint to mimic aged tritium, and the triangle along with trapezoidal indices mixed with four Arabic numbers. The new Polaris Memovox timepiece comes on a rubber strap with Clous de Paris pattern and steel folding buckle. Only 1000 examples of the watch will be made available with a price tag of $12,600 apiece.