Time’s Successor

Time’s Successor

As a 50th anniversary tribute to the original Memovox Polaris, Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced an all new line of Polaris watches. The crown of this new range goes to Polaris Chronograph WT, the most complicated of the Polaris series to date. WT is more feature-filled and innovated from its original design. Its case, crafted from lightweight titanium, is a tribute to the new age metals and craftsmanship.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Chronograph WT is the largest watch in the new Polaris line-up, measuring 44 mm in diameter and 12.5 mm in thickness largely to accommodate its complicated movement. An epitome of elegance, it retains its original DNA, but has mutated to have imbibed 21st century sophistication which is both sporty and suave.

The brushed titanium case is highlighted by a thin, polished bezel and polished bevels along the edges of the lugs. The dial is very well balanced with 12-hour chronograph register at 9 o’clock and 30-minute register at 3 o’clock. The design gets rounded by the baguette-shaped hands with luminescent material. The watch has two crowns, one for time-setting and winding and the other to adjust the rotating city disc with two push buttons to start, stop and reset the chronograph function. With water resistance of up to 100 m, the watch is suited for swimming and shallow diving.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT is powered by the JLC automatic in-house calibre 752A. This double-barrel movement composed of 274 parts and 37 jewels provides a power reserve of 65 hours when fully wound while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph. The movement is fully visible via a glass display case back.

The Polaris Chronograph WT comes with a brown calfskin strap for the blue dial version and a black alligator, light brown skin strap for the black dial version. The strap is handcrafted by master craftsman and is equipped with a folding clasp.  

Jaeger-LeCoultre submits all its watches to its stringent battery of comprehensive and rigorous internal tests lasting a full 1000 hours. The “1000 Hours Control” seal or legend placed or engraved on the back of the watch certifies that the timepiece has successfully passed all the tests relating to regularity of rate, temperature, atmospheric pressure, and resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, as well as water-resistance trials.

A travel watch par excellence for the globe-trotting connoisseurs, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT  watch allows simultaneous reading of the time across 24 of the world’s main cities. This timepiece sits perfectly on the wrists of  an appreciating patron of fine watchmaking.

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.