It was recently that “Jaeger-LeCoultre” introduced several new “Polaris” models. But, this most recent addition comes as a surprise and may well be the most alluring update yet. Introducing the new “Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic WT”.
Back at SIHH 2018 we saw Jaeger-LeCoultre usher out some new Polaris models to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. Among these new releases was the: new simpler entry point “JLC Polaris Automatic” (Ref#: 90008417); followed by the “JLC Polaris Date” (Ref#: 90068170) which is quite reminiscent of the original model it’s inspired on;
Then we had the “JLC Polaris Chronograph” (Ref#: 9048480) which packs a lot more complications then we’re used to finding on this mode line; followed by the much more jam packed “JLC Polaris Worldtimer” (Ref#: 905T480) a great option for a constant traveler;
and last but not least the “JLC Polaris Memovox 50th Anniversary” (Ref#: 9038670) that has a very close to identical resemblance to the original “Polaris Memovox” and was limited to only 1,000 manufactured pieces. For more information on all these releases you can consult our prior reviews here.
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Despite the relative success of that “Polaris” collection mainly based on the 1960’s diver. Jaeger-LeCoultre reaches back to the same era to inspire this new special edition. Design wise this watch retains the vintage-inspired aesthetics that have always been at the core of the “Polaris” models, while applying a new approach to the dial design more reminiscent of their “Master” collection. Typically the “Geographic” model displayed its world-time complication via an arched window at the 6 o’clock position with the chosen city’s current time.
While in the more recent “Sector Dial”, which is also part of the “Master” collection, JLC opted to only feature the world-time function and a second time-zone sub-dial. Now, they’ve rolled out a watch with these world-timer complications for the “Polaris” collection. So, the new “Polaris Geographic WT” has time exhibited on a grained opaline dial partially colored black & blue with white printed hour index markers and the Arabic numerals: 3, 9 and 12. Plus it gets to be circled by a city-ring and 24-hour scale with a black & white disc. It’s the best of two distinct collections Jaeger-LeCoultre has seamlessly brought together in this one piece.
Using a fading color scheme in which the inner portion is blue with three sub-dials: a calendar wheel at the 2 o’clock position, a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a power-reserve indicator spread out along the 9 to 11 o’clock positions. But, the blue tones gradually get darker till they reach the aforementioned black city and 24h-scale with white writing except for “London” and “Auckland” that are printed in red to highlight opposite time-zones.
The 42mm case is made of stainless-steel matching the same diameter found on the SIHH 2018 “Polaris” releases. But, this model is the thinnest of them all at 11.54mm and has a transparent case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Comes equipped with two crowns to set and alter its various indicators and time-zones. So, the city ring and 24h scale visible on the internal flange are adjusted via the crown aligned with the 10 o’clock position; while the main setting crown is located at the 3 o’clock position. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).
In order to set the second time-zone we use the crown aligned with the 10 o’clock position, which also alters the 12-hour two-hand sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. So, as you travel the world and are keeping track of a second-time zone, you pull out the 10 o’clock crown and adjust the city disc and 24h disc simultaneously; along with the hour hand on the sub-dial positioned at 6 o’clock. And all this setting occurs without interfering with the time indicated by the main hands.
It may sound innovating but in essence we have to question the why of this “simultaneous” setting. If it served to provide a third time-zone we could see the possible use in that. But, in this case all its providing is the second time zone in distinct spots, which seems rather redundant. A rather questionable decision by Jaeger-LeCoultre that seems to have focused more on a different presentation of a proven concept, instead of adding a truly innovative or useful feature.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic WT
This “Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic WT” (Ref#: Q904847J) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 936A/1 with 34 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 43 hours, when fully wound.
Currently mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap, secured to the wrist by a JLC stainless-steel deployment buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 250 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Jaeger-LeCoultre website here.
MSRP: $16,500.00 USD
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