Polaris, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new elegant sport collection for men, is inspired by the iconic Memovox Polaris from 1968, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. This collection takes the spirit of the Memovox Polaris and applies it to today’s man with a full range of timepieces, from a three-hand automatic to a chronograph world time, with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox piece displaying the famous alarm function.
The yearly Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is, as the name would suggest, a series predominantly made up of watchmakers producing watches which represent the top echelons of watchmaking. Six-figure cost tags are a dime a dozen over the show floor. When I first saw the new Master Control Date using a business dial at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s booth, I knew I wanted to find a time with it on my wrist, but once each conversation I had with collectors, journalists, and other business buddies kept coming back into a $5,700 time-and-date watch, I knew we had something special on our hands.Openworked tourbillons and decimal striking watches are excellent, sure, but when we are being honest, they are show pieces more than anything else. Very few will ever be produced, and very few will ever really be worn out-and-about. I’m not saying I do not like these kinds of watches — I find them endlessly fascinating and lust-worthy — only that I find watches such as this Jaeger Lecoultre Master-quartz Watch Replica far more compelling in the long run. It is a easy watch that offers actual watchmaking indoors, has a distinctive design, and comes in at a price which makes it affordable to a comparatively large swathe of the watch-loving population.Let’s look at the way the new industry dial Master Control Date came about and then dig into the specifics of the watch itself.The Master Control collection made its debut for Jaeger-LeCoultre back in 1992. The idea was to create a line of watches that represented the values of pure, classic watchmaking, with a concentration on simple aesthetics, functionality, understated technology, and long-term performance. Along with the first assortment of watches, Jaeger-LeCoultre began its “1,000 Hours Control” quality test program, which topics completed watches to some six-week program of tests. This includes impacts, temperature fluctuations, movement through six positions, water resistance, and more — it’s all pretty standard stuff now (though six months is a great deal of time to get something like that), however in 1992 that was essentially unheard of.