Fifty years after the first Polaris model was launched, Jaeger-LeCoultre is back with a full collection of new, resolutely sporty watches ranging from a simple automatic up to a worldtimer chronograph.
The self-winding Calibre 956 movement with mechanical alarm that powers this limited-edition Polaris Memovox first saw the light of day back in 2008 in another tribute to the Polaris, the “Memovox Tribute to Polaris”, which was a limited edition of 768. The new release is also a limited edition, this time of 1,000, with plenty of nods to the original, such as the black dial and vanilla SuperLuminova on the hands and hour markers. The hands and hour markers and the rotating inner bezel however have been given a more contemporary design and a new embossed rubber strap completes this new timepiece.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time is, as the name suggests, a world timer and also to the best of my knowledge, it’s the sole world timer available now which also has a deadbeat minutes hand. For those uncertain of how it works, a universe timer is a drawback which allows the wearer to tell the time in almost any region of the world with the help of the city disk and the 24-hour disk. The precise math calls for a small learning curve and a few general knowledge, but it’s a fairly intuitive system.A deadbeat seconds is a little more uncommon, as much as mechanical complications proceed. The simplest way to explain it is to imagine the moments hand behaving exactly the exact same way as it may on a quartz watch — a distinct tick for each second. Also known as a true seconds complication, this was historically (much before the introduction of quartz) prized by observe owners as it assisted them tell time precisely to the second. Considering that the mechanical complexity in designing a real seconds motion and the attendant premium in cost, it is not entirely a surprise that the negative is uncommon. In addition to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Geophysic watches, those that I can think of immediately are the Habring2 Erwin and the Gr?nefeld One Hertz.An interesting factoid (and yet one that Ariel is fond of replicating) is that the caliber 772 motion at the Geophysic Universal Time has exactly 1 component less than the movement at the time-only Geophysic True Second, the caliber 770. That amount is 274. I am not completely certain how Jaeger-LeCoultre was able to add a world timer complication but lower the entire number of components by you, but they have.The caliber 772 can also be equipped with the brand’s proprietary Gyrolab balance. The Gyrolab equilibrium was made to be more aerodynamic and to improve rate keeping accuracy with time. The grade 772 beats at 4Hz and provides 40 hours of power reserve. The movement is visible through the caseback and contains the regular decoration in the kind of Geneva stripes, heat blued screws, beveling, and a decorated gold strand.