Focus: Jaeger-Lecoultre

Polaris Chronograph

CASE : stainless steel, water-resistant to 100m, sapphire caseback

SIZE : 42mm in diameter, 11.9mm thick

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding Jaeger- Lecoultre Caliber 751, 28,800 vph, 65h power reserve

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, tachymeter scale

DIAL : black, sunburst, grained and opaline treatment

STRAP/BRACELET : leather strap or stainless steel bracelet

Revisiting an Icon

Polaris is a name that sends a shiver down the spine of watch collectors. The older generation will remember that the Polaris Memovox was launched in 1968. This diver’s watch with its ‘voice of memory’ alarm function rang out to warn divers that their immersion time was up. Fifty years later, the Polaris is surfacing again with a new collection of several models with a resolutely sporty and elegant character, spiced up with a vintage touch. The Polaris chronograph does not descend as such from diver’s watches, but rather from dashboard clocks and instruments developed by Jaeger, as confirmed by the tachymeter scale and the two 12-hour and 30-minute counters. This inherently sporty watch nonetheless features refined finishing such as the hand-brushed and polished surfaces of the stainless steel case topped by a thin bezel, along with the three sunburst, grained and opaline dial finishes. The highly legible and luminescent elongated trapeze-shaped hour-markers, along with the 12 and 6 o’clock Arabic numerals, are reminiscent of the historical Polaris. Purists will be thrilled with the black Polaris Chronograph, and Jaeger-LeCoultre has created a navy-blue dial for the most daring wearers. Interchangeable stainless steel bracelets and patinated leather straps provide a chance to play with the contemporary or vintage spirit of the watch.

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