Angus Davies looks at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph in Rose Gold, recently launched at SIHH 2018.
This detailed overview of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph in Rose Gold includes live images, specification and pricing.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has an extensive range of timepieces. Indeed, the numerous collections it offers delivers something for every horological connoisseur. Now, the Swiss brand from Le Sentier has unveiled a new collection of timepieces inspired by the iconic Memovox Polaris watch of 1968.
The new Polaris collection consists of five new models, each one imbued with a high quotient of elegance. Over the coming months it is my intention to write about each of these five new models. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph in Rose Gold is my starting point. This is a gorgeous watch suffused with a myriad of smile-inducing details.
The dial is a glorious sea of anthracite. The central dial area features a sun-ray motif, while the hour track is exquisitely grained. A tachymetre scale encircles the dial and rests on an opaline circlet. This mixture of different finishes proves most endearing, yet skilfully sidesteps the ‘messy’ or unduly elaborate.
Time is proclaimed with ‘baguette hands’ lined with luminescent fill. Each hour is denoted with a triangular-shaped baton, save for 6 and 12 o’clock which feature Arabic numerals.
A bi-compax layout grants equilibrium and harmony. Each subdial is snailed, introducing, yet again, another texture into the mix. Adjacent the crown is a 30-minute chronograph register, while opposite a 12-hour chronograph register resides.
On one hand, there is a simplicity to the topography of the dial, which aids interpretation. On the other hand, there is judiciously applied detail which augments the visual allure of the vista presented. Everything is crisp, lovingly executed and simple to read.
Ccourtesy of its neutral sizing, the 42mm rose gold case should prove suitable for a wide cross-section of would-be buyers. The gently arcing lugs confer a gentle caress of the arm and incredibly comfortable marriage with the wrist.
The rose gold hue of the case yields an agreeable warmth which proves most becoming.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has expended much effort on the various surface treatments on the case. The bezel and case-back are highly polished, while the lugs and case-band are predominantly satin-brushed. There is a further interplay of different finishes which can be seen on the bevelled edge of the lugs, the push-pieces and the crown. Each contrasting finish harmoniously co-exists with its neighbour. Indeed, everything sweetly coalesces to eye-catching effect.
An exhibition case-back reveals the mechanical magnificence of the self-winding, Caliber 751 movement.
Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Manufacture par excellence. Founded in 1833, this revered watch company has been crafting fine movements free of compromise for generations.
The Caliber 751 features a column-wheel chronograph. This detail confers a peerless quality that is lacking with cam-actuated chronographs. Pressing the push-pieces yields a silky motion free of jarring. When the chronograph is actuated the central sweep seconds hand leaves zero without the merest hint of a wobble and smoothly embarks on a circular trajectory. Resetting the chronograph results in the central sweep seconds hand precisely returning to zero without a moments hesitation or vibration. This is a purist’s chronograph.
The finishing is equally impressive. The open-worked rotor is made of rose gold, the bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève and there is a smattering of thermally blued screws which enliven the mechanical landscape of the Caliber 751. This movement proffers an abundance of eye appeal.
Two barrels deliver a power reserve of 65 hours, the balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement is composed of 262 components.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has suffused the dial with a myriad of details, however, the styling remains wonderfully resolved.
The bi-compax dial layout delivers a handsome mien, with symmetry observed and readability assured. This is not merely a good-looking dial, it is highly legible as well.
The rose gold case accords a wonderful quotient of warmth, providing a fitting antidote to a cold rainy day. The size of the case should prove suitable for most individuals and the curved lugs provide a sublime union with the wrist.
The home of Jaeger-LeCoultre, La Vallée de Joux, is synonymous with the creation of movements and this is manifest with each fabulous calibre bearing its name. The Caliber 751 is a magnificent movement, offering both matchless operation and sublime finishing.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph in Rose Gold is my first foray into the new Polaris collection but, based on this enjoyable experience, I look forward to sampling more of these horological delicacies in the near future.
• Movement: Caliber 751; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); 37 jewels; power reserve 65 hours; 262 components
• Strap: Brown alligator leather strap
• Price: £21,700 (RRP as at 21.1.2018)
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.