Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar In A Nutshell
Continuing with the theme of Stellar Odyssey, we are presented with Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar in two variations: ref. Q9088180 – steel version (interchangeable steel bracelet and rubber strap) and ref. Q9082680 – pink gold version (interchangeable rubber strap and alligator leather strap).
I have always been an admirer of the Polaris range, with even our website dedicating a lot of JLC coverage to the Polaris collection. So it is with a sense of pleasure that I address this news of the introduction of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar watches.
My first reaction to the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar was surreal; it has been a while since I have been blown away with a watch dial featuring complications. I usually either like simple but guilloched dials like Breguet or completely amazing like what MB&F does. The thing with complicate dials is that more often than not they clutter the dial with too much (though last year’s Breitling Premier Heritage Duograph 42 and Premier B25 Datora 42 were welcome exceptions).
The most striking feature about the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar is that very symmetrical dial with decent legibility that reigns supreme on a gorgeous gradient blue dial. And the fact that they are not limited edition. And are available in both precious material and steel. And can last up-to 70-hours. And the added 100m water resistance with an internal bezel. This guy can do it all.
The 5W1H Of The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar
Both the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar feature a 100m water-resistant 42mm diameter and only 11.97mm thick stainless steel case with a lug-to-lug spacing of ~48mm. We have gone hands-on with the regular JLC Polaris before, and for someone with slim ~16cm wrists, these fit pretty okay (though a 40mm version would be ideal).
These non-limited edition new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar are announced today on 30 March 2022 as part of the Watches & Wonders 2022 March 30 to April 5 (both online and at the Salon).
It’s for those connoisseurs who would like an intricate watch but one that can actually be worn. If you are looking ay buying only one high-end luxury watch from JLC, this is it.
Inside both the new Polaris Perpetual Calendar ticks the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868AA which is an automatic-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured in-house measuring 26mm in diameter. It is an evolution of the well-proven in-house perpetual calendar movement that first appeared in 2013. The movement should be based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber 868A/2 which in turn is based on the caliber 868/1 and should comprise 332 components, 46 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’880 A/h), and provides with an impressive 70-hour power reserve.
The gradient blue lacquer watch face shows the symmetrical functions of hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar with moon phases in two hemispheres and red security zone, inner rotating bezel.
“The historic Polaris name was reintroduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2018 with an entirely new line of watches that harness the Manufacture’s distinguished legacy of diving watches, and translate the spirit of the celebrated 1968 Memovox Polaris into contemporary form. Conceived for everyday adventures, with a combination of robust capabilities, practical functions and a distinctive aesthetic, the Polaris collection has redefined the modern sporty-elegant watch”.Press release
To find out more about the new Polaris Perpetual Calendar and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy are © Copyright Jaeger-LeCoultre 2022. All Rights Reserved. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties here.