Designed to motivate your inner urban adventurer, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris embodies a sporting essence that represents the signature elegance of the Grande Maison.
This particular collection combines sport and grace that is unique to Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Polaris models are designed to incorporate function, style and sophistication, merging vintage design codes with modern technology to create the perfect timepiece that will last you a lifetime.
The Origin of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection was inspired by the Memovox Polaris, which was a watch that Jaeger-LeCoultre launched in 1968 that had a case 42mm case in diameter, which was unconventionally large for this time but is now considered quite typical.
What elevated this now vintage collectors' piece was its alarm function, which made it an ideal and iconic diving watch. It featured a clever triple case-back system which meant its alarm rang even louder underwater.
The first case-back was made of bronze which provided a means for the alarm to resonate, the second formed a layer of protection against water and the elements, and the third contained 16 different openings, which aided in intensifying the alarm, which made it audible at great depths.
The Iconic Jaeger-Lecoultre Polaris Memovox
Its numerals and indexes were coated with luminescent material, increasing its visibility underwater, with water resistance up to 200 metres, verifying that everything about the iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox was designed to elevate the diver's experience.
Diving watches are predominant in any sports watch collection, and the Polaris timepieces are considered one of the top diver's watches of all time, maintaining a consistent following over the decades.
The ambition, boldness and thirst for adventure that Jaeger-LeCoultre's watchmakers put into the 1968 design inspired the modern Polaris collection.
The Modern Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Collection
The contemporary models in the Polaris collection we have come to love nowadays demonstrate vintage touches through the vanilla Super-LumiNova® coating, mimicking the fluorescent coating that made the 1968 model so noteworthy.
Trapezoidal indexes and Arabic numerals mark the hours, and the lacquered, double-gradient dial with textured finishes makes it ultra-legible whilst remaining aesthetically beautiful. The outer circle of the dial is grained while the central circle is sunray-brushed, once again reinforcing the legibility of the piece.
The exceptional quality of the Polaris is the attention to detail throughout its design. The case is super streamlined, the lugs are sharp and sleek, and the crowns are solid and off-centre.
It even includes a sapphire case-back that acts as a window into the watch's inner workings to highlight the finesse and the elegance of the in-house automatic movement.
Every aspect of the Polaris is designed under the Jaeger-LeCoultre roof, from its case to its movement. The latest-generation Calibre 899 has 70 hours of power reserve, making the Polaris more than suitable for life's everyday tasks and those more exciting moments of adventure.
The central ethos behind the design of the Polaris collection is its exquisite performance and functionality, even in extreme environments. It features an opaline mobile inner bezel which is controlled by the crown at the 2 o'clock position.
This allows the wearer to measure time and countdowns with superb precision, which is a feature that makes this timepiece so well suited to the needs of a deep-sea diver.
The satin-finished metal of the case adds to the sleek, sophisticated look of the watch, allowing the dial to be the main focus and attraction.
A range of interchangeable straps can accompany the Polaris, such as Calfskin leather with a patinaed finish, the signature polished, brushed metal bracelets or the durable and flexible rubber straps with a Clous de Paris pattern.
Whichever your preference may be, the Polaris will always be ready for the adventure of a lifetime, and it will look good whilst doing it.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris date with its gradient deep green dial, represents the all-terrain nature of the collection and brings a new touch of colour to the adventurous feel of the watches.
A Statement From Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Head of Design
Lionel Favre, Jaeger-LeCoultre's head of design and product design director, stated, 'The Polaris' strong lines and sharp aesthetic give the collection a sporting soul, embodying true elegance with a restless spirit; of adventure.'
These words could not ring truer as the Polaris collection excellently combines functionality, durability, performance, sophistication and style to form a tool watch perfect for anything life could throw at you.
A Polaris timepiece would make an excellent and practical addition to any watch collection.