The new, limited-edition Polaris Date will win you over with its irresistible dial, vintage vibe and modern performance.
With the release of the Polaris collection last year, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented a fresh take on the Memovox Polaris it produced in the late Sixties. Last month, the Grande Maison channeled the original’s rugged appeal into a new edition of the Polaris Date that’s limited to 800 pieces.
People are drawn instinctively to the dial by its dynamic mix of tones and textures. It’s covered with a rich-blue lacquer that changes color in the light to reveal different aspects of the watch’s personality. That kaleidoscopic effect is accentuated further by the graduated shades of blue used for the grained hour ring and the sunray-finished center section.
That emphasis on light and shade extends to the 42mm, stainless-steel case, whose brushed surfaces are punctuated by highly polished edges. To complete the look, the watch comes with a blue-rubber strap. Covered with a Clous de Paris (hobnail) pattern, it introduces another texture into mix.
Despite the retro style of the Polaris Date’s trapezoidal hour markers and vanilla-tinted lume, its automatic-winding movement is undeniably modern. Its steadfast performance represents the culmination of the horological insights developed over generations by the watchmakers and artisans in the Vallée de Joux who’ve made Jaeger-LeCoultre a paragon of mechanical watchmaking since 1833.
Like the vintage model that inspired it, the Polaris Date has two crowns on the right side of the case. The bottom one is used to wind the watch and set the time. The top crown advances an internal bezel like the ones found in some dive watches. Although it’s not technically a dive watch, the Polaris Date is water resistant to 200 meters, which is more than sufficient for you to take it snorkeling or swimming laps at the pool.
The aquatic motif continues with the engraving of a scuba diving emblem on the watch’s caseback. It’s joined by three other engravings: The Jaeger-LeCoultre crest, plus the phrases “Limited edition — One of 800” and “1000 Hours Control.” The latter signifies that the Polaris Date has passed 1,000 hours of rigorous testing before leaving the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture.
With the new Polaris Date, Jaeger-LeCoultre updates its classic sports watch without sacrificing the distinctive style that made the original a favorite among collectors for the last 50 years.
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