In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first automatic “Memovox”, Jaeger-LeCoultre is releasing a beautiful boutique version. This new limited edition model will be sold exclusively at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques, spread out across the globe.
There have been various alarm watches made during the course of the history of horology. They mostly tended to disappoint due to low sounding alarms, which rendered them ineffective. One of the most unique approaches to making the alarm watch effective, was made by Breguet, way back in 1836 in the form of a ring watch sold to King George III, of the United Kingdom. This un-mimicked timepiece utilized a tiny needle on the back of the watch to prick the wearer’s finger.
The first “Memovox” with a hand-wound movement, appeared in the 1950’s and its name translates to “sound device noise for things you need to remember.” For the last 66 years since its introduction to the Jaeger-LeCoultre collection, the automatic and hand-wound formats have both been in production, with very short hiatuses. Remaining to this day on the JLC catalog as one of its most popular models.
The 40mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back. It has a fixed bezel and two crowns on the left side of the case near the 2 and 4 o’clock positions. Its thickness reaches 14mm, which is understandable due to the alarm mechanism and two separate mainsprings housed inside. The extra room provides enough space for the alarm coil to resonate adequately.
In order to activate the alarm, you simply have to use the upper of the two crowns on the side of the case (near the 2 o’clock position) to set it. The “Memovox” opted for a disc on the dial to serve as the alarm setting display, instead of a fourth hand. When you pull this crown out and turn in one direction it adjusts the alarm time; while the other direction will adjust the date.
Also the alarm will only work if its separate mainspring has been wound and the crown can serve to turn it on or off. When fully wound the alarm should sound for about 10 to 20 seconds before its repeating chime whimpers out.
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Time is exhibited via steel applied hour index markers on a beautiful blue dial, with a sunburst-motif disc, while a deep blue tone provides a greater emphasis on the opaline surface around the perimeter. A gray varnished minute-circle serves as a contrast element on this fortunate color-scheme combination. The stainless-steel faceted hands and hour markers have a luminescent coating for enhanced legibility. There is also a white date aperture window at the 3 o’clock position.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Boutique Edition
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Boutique Edition” (Ref#: Q141848J) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 956, with 23 jewels, 268 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 45 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 50m (164 feet). Mounted on the watch is a Triesta black calfskin strap with exposed blue top-stitching and secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel deployant clasp. This is a limited edition watch of only 500 produced pieces.
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