In a market full of complicated world timers, the Polaris Chronograph World Time shines with its timeless simplicity
Let’s just say this off the bat: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph World Time is an exceptional watch. For a watch that can not only display 24 time zones simultaneously but also doubles up as a chronograph, the Polaris Chronograph World Time is very lightweight & not awkwardly huge. It’s definitely one of the better world timers out there.
Problem with most world timers
Normally, world time watches can be a struggle to read. They are often marked by larger dials which let’s be honest here, are not everyone’s cup of tea.
In-fact barring the very iconic Panerai look, most of the oversized watches don’t even suit the average Joe.
But the thing is, world timers happen to be very handy, especially for the jet-set and folks whose businesses are in different parts of the world. And we at Watch Ya Gonna Do About It are also partial to them.
The dichotomy here is that even though larger watches may not usually sit well, and that they are also often too thick to fit under the cuff, for a world timer to be useful, it’s got to be legible. And legibility will only come at the hands of a larger case dial.
There is of-course always that extra bit of attention to detail that brand’s can give to the watches that make them go from too chunky to too desirable.
This is where I think the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph World Time strikes gold.
I think Jaeger-LeCoultre has struck a perfect balance here as despite having so much on the dial, it doesn’t look busy in person. The inner most ring is plain and offers a good visual relief.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph World Time is a generous 44mm but not wide, and in reality wears sleeker due to the absence of a thick external bezel. This 44mm size helps assist with the readability concern.
Combine this with the fact that the watch is actually less than 13mm thick and the case is light-weight titanium, and what you have is a comfortable and reliable travel mate.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT has lot of cool features that it brings to a flight near you.
- JLC in-house movement Caliber 752 for the watch purist in you;
- A chronograph for the sports fan in you;
- And the useful world time complication for the well-travelled business man in you.
In addition to the two chronograph pushers, it also has an additional crown at 10 o’clock to control the rotating city disc, which you can set to the current city you happen to be in, and as a result simultaneously see the time in 23 other cities around the world.
Technical specifications of Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph World Time
The 2018 Polaris has an automatic mechanical movement — Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 752 —that allows for a generous 65 hour power reserve.
It’s not really a daily wearable watch but at 44mm is good for travel. In comes in lightweight titanium.
It includes the functions of hours/minutes/seconds, chronograph and worldtime.
The dial options are either black or ocean blue with sunrayed, grained and opaline finishes.
It is also water resistance up-to 100m.
The Polaris Memovox is perhaps my personal favourite — Steve McQueen wore it in The Thomas Crown Affair, and it’s got an alarm which for me can be extremely handy — but the WT comes a close second that I feel should be in every JLC collector’s possession.
It’s a complicated watch but adds flair to the otherwise sporty yet elegant JLC Polaris collection.
To find out more about this and other Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, visit the Jaeger-LeCoultre website here.