Swiss watch brand, Jaeger-LeCoultre, has just unveiled a new watch collection called Polaris this week at SIHH 2018. Comprising several different models, one with a decidedly vintage theme, the Polaris is already shaping up to be one of the brand’s hottest launches of this year. We’ve got all the details, including an explanation of what SIHH actually means, below. Be warned though, you may feel the urge to make a pre-order or two.
As you may, or may not, be aware already, this week is a rather important one in the world of high-end mechanical watches. From the 15th – 19th of January, the Swiss city of Geneva is playing host to the 28th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). It’s the first major watch fair of the year, with 35 brands participating, including the likes of IWC Schaffhausen, Officine Panerai, Cartier and of course, Jaeger-LeCoultre, with each vying to outdo the others with the launch of their respective new collections for 2018.
Over the coming weeks we will be bringing you more highlights from SIHH 2018, including some of our favourite new collections from the brands you know and love. Our expert buying team is currently on the ground in Geneva, making sure the best new models will be available in our Berry’s boutiques and online as soon as possible. In the meantime, however, we want to kick things off by turning the spotlight on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s sporty new Polaris collection.
The Polaris 2018 Collection
If you’re an avid Jaeger-LeCoultre fan, you’re probably already somewhat familiar with the name Polaris. That’s because it has a long history with the brand, dating back to 1965 when the company introduced the Memovox Polaris, a dive watch equipped with a mechanical alarm. This was not the first dive watch with a mechanical alarm, that title goes to the Memovox Deep Sea which was introduced in 1959, however, the Memovox Polaris made some notable improvements on that initial design, with further updates coming in the 1968 version, which is arguably the best known to collectors today.
Fifty years on, Jaeger-LeCoultre has turned to its archives to create a new collection inspired by the Memovox Polaris. The first four models to be unveiled include a vintage-inspired time and date piece, a three-hand automatic, a chronograph and a world-timer chronograph. There’s also a limited edition tribute to the original 1968 Memovox Polaris, but unfortunately for us, that’s a Boutique exclusive. Here’s your first look at the new Polaris 2018 collection.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date
First on our list is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date, which has a nice vintage look and feel to it, although it is not a homage piece to one specific model from the past. Presented in a compressor style, steel case measuring 42mm, this watch is equipped with two crowns. One is for setting the time and date, while the other is for operating the internal rotating bezel, used to track elapsed time when diving. The indices on the dial have been treated with a special luminous paint to give the impression of patina, whilst the date is shown through a window at 3 o’clock. Protected behind a solid caseback engraved with the image of a scuba diver, is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 899/1 automatic movement, offering a 38-hour power reserve.
View the watch here
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic
Next is the modern looking Polaris Automatic, a time-only three-hander housed in a compressor-style, 41mm steel case. Again, there are two crowns, one for setting the time and the other for the internal rotating bezel. The dial is slightly more contemporary looking, with applied indices and four oversized Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively. The dial is available in your choice of black or blue and feature three different decoration techniques; sunray, grained and opaline finishes all come together to create a very eye-catching design. Inside is an automatic mechanical movement, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 898/1, offering 40 hours of power reserve.
View the Blue Dial Polaris Automatic here
View the Black Dial Polaris Automatic here
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph
Now it’s time to turn our attention to the more complicated models in the new Polaris collection, starting with the Polaris Chronograph. As the name suggests, this watch is equipped with a chronograph, in this case a two-register (or bi-compax) design complete with tachymeter scale that is reminiscent of the Jaeger dashboard instruments used in many classic cars. Presented in a very wearable 42mm case, it is also offered with a black or ocean blue dial in the steel version, and an anthracite dial for the 18k rose gold version (pictured at the top of this post). Visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s well-known automatic Caliber 751, a column-wheel chronograph movement.
View the watch here
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT
Last but definitely not least on our list, is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT. Presented in a 44mm case measuring just 13mm thick, this impressively complicated watch adds world-time functionality to the chronograph, allowing you to quickly check the time in all of the major time-zones around the world. Again available with a blue or black dial, it maintains a high level of legibility despite the volume of information it displays. Slightly larger than the chronograph-only model, its case has been constructed from lightweight titanium to ensure a comfortable fit on the wrist. Inside is the Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic Caliber 752, which offers a healthy 65-hour power reserve.
View the watch here
We hope you have enjoyed this very brief preview of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection and we certainly look forward to welcoming you to view the range in person when the pieces arrive in store later this year.