Jaeger-LeCoultre fanboy? Seven questions to test your knowledge on the Polaris collection
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection is inspired by the iconic Memovox Polaris watch from 1968 — featured famously on the wrists of Steve McQueen in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair — that Jaeger-LeCoultre has taken and re-developed into a new collection to join the brand’s existing pillars such as the Reverso.
Bit of history about the Polaris collection
The current Polaris collection has a full range of timepieces: a three-hand automatic, a chronograph and a chronograph world time, as well as two models with a stronger vintage feel: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox is our favourite from this collection and you can read about it here. The overall collection blends well a contemporary sporty look with an elegant timepiece appeal, all thrown in with a dash of vintage touch.
Anyway, lets’s head to the questions part – are you a Jaeger-LeCoultre fanboy? These seven questions are here to test your knowledge on the Polaris collection.
Seven questions to test your knowledge (answers below)
Question 1: How many finishings exist on the dial of the 2018 Memovox Polaris?
Question 2: Are the hour markers in Arabic or Roman numerals?
Question 3: Are the hands skeletonised?
Question 4: How many finishes does the case feature?
Question 5: The crowns are smaller than the ones on the Reverso Tribute collection – True or False?
Question 6: The 2018 Polaris Automatic only comes on a steel bracelet – True or False?
Question 7: The strap on the 2018 Polaris WT features a pin buckle – True or False?
Here are the answers
Answer 1: Dial architecture is distinctive, and has come to resonate well within JLC’s overall catalogue. It combines a mixture of finishings on three concentric circles: a classic Memovox Polaris-inspired centre with a sun-ray finish, graining on the outer circle with the hours and minutes, and an opaline finish on the rotating inner bezel.
Answer 2: The dial has an applied Jaeger-LeCoultre logo alongside applied classic Arabic numbers mixed with contemporary trapezoidal indexes.
Answer 3: No, the hands are large and filled with Super-LumiNova™ for excellent visibility in low light.
Answer 4: The cases are brand new featuring an eye-catching combination of brushed and hand-polished surfaces, with sharp, plunging lugs and thin, rounded bezels.
Answer 5: False – the large crowns, emblematic of the 1968 model, have been redesigned for better grip.
Answer 6: False – the watch comes with an option of a three-link metal bracelet with polished and brushed finished surfaces or interchangeable alligator leather and calfskin straps. The latter is offered in both light and dark brown version with an aged leather patina.
Answer 7: False – the leather straps come with a folding buckle.
So, how many did you get right?
To find out more about this and other Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, visit the Jaeger-LeCoultre website here.