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What Do Charlie Chaplin and Benedict Cumberbatch Have In Common? The Answer Lies In A Jaeger-LeCoultre Timepiece 

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Benedict Cumberbatch Walk of Fame Ceremony on February 28, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Netflix)

Emmy winning British actor and two-time Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch channels his stylish powers to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He wears the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: The Star for Benedict Cumberbatch is displayed during the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony for Benedict Cumberbatch on February 28, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Memovox has been in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s roster since 1950, and has seen many a facelift. In 1956, Jaeger-LeCoultre further developed this Memovox line by introducing the first automatic watch in the collection.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox drawing by Product Design Director Lionel Favre
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It’s revamped look in the way of the Memovox Polaris model came in 1968, and that has since inspired new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection that we talk about here. Memovox’s architecture is defined by very sober and classic lines, and the original manually wound mechanical watch version sets itself apart with an additional crown to control the alarm function.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris 1968
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It was so popular and cool that the Swiss authorities of the Canton of Vaud, where the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture is located, selected this as a gift for Charlie Chaplin in 1953. And it is so cool even now, that Jaeger-LeCoultre has released a short film In A Breath in collaboration with Benedict Cumberbatch.

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The latest Polaris Mariner Memovox as worn by Benedict Cumberbatch when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this February was first announced back in October 2020. 

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This latest Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox ref. Q9038180 is a handsome timepiece with an array of finishes on the dial: a gradient blue sun-rayed dial features both grained and opaline finishes, adding to the watch a touch of elegance and sportiness. 

Retailing for 26’700 AUD, this watch worn by Benedict Cumberbatch is available as a 42mm x 15.63mm stainless steel cased beauty with 300m water-resistance.

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Powering it is the automatic mechanical movement Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 956AA. It is a very similar movement that was seen as early as 2011 when JLC paid tribute to its Deepsea model from 1959 and presented it in a limited series re-edition.

The 7.47mm thick Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 956AA features 271 components and 24 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz, and provides with a 44-hour power reserve.

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So it turns out that there is a fair bit in common between Charlie Chaplain and Benedict Cumberbatch after all: both are British, both well known actors, and both have an association with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox.

Wish to own a piece of horological history and be in the esteemed company of the likes of Charlie Chaplain and Benedict Cumberbatch? Get your Hands on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox.

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To find out more about Benedict Cumberbatch at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy are © JAEGER-LECOULTRE 2022.

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