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WOTW Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition:

At the 2018 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the Fine Watchmaking Maison launched the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection, boasting various models with useful functions – date, alarm, chronograph, World Time chronograph for today’s man’s life. The collection was a dedicated instrument for the avid explorer – the adventurer – the daring thrill seeker. But now comes a new limited edition extension of the collection – the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date which again, exudes the collection’s sporting character but with an exclusive mixed-finish dial to stand out from its low key black-dialled ancestors, and a unique strap. This eagerly anticipated watch is limited to just 800 pieces worldwide.
The good news is – it has now arrived in-store at Berry’s.

The world-renowned Maison’ only confirmed release of the limited edition series of watches in August, where is sent ripples of excitement across the seas to all four corners of the globe. Dedicated Polaris collectors have been awaiting the quirky new take on the Polaris II, which was met with resounding success back in the 1970’s. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris watches are instantly recognisable for their elongated Arabic numerals and their trapezoidal hour markers – design characteristics that were inspired by the original Memovox Polaris developed between 1965 and 1968. Its amplified underwater alarm function for divers made history, along with its three-ring concentric dial layout, rotating inner bezel, and multi-crown case. The modern-day Polaris’ signature baton style hands however, have always made reading the time so effortless, thus its popularity from a classical watch-lover’s point of view. Its slimmer, thinned out bezel, shorter lugs and sapphire box crystal are all examples of how the Polaris has evolved to meet the needs of the modern-day gentleman.

But the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition watch is certainly not shy of a rare feature or two. The hand-lacquered, blue double-gradient dial, whose central disc and main platform boasts a shimmering colour-change effect, is a pretty neat feature. You can admire the dial in shades of anything from a deep turquoise to a dramatic royal blue colour depending on how the light hits its surface and the angle it is viewed from.  The dial is also completed in sunrayed, grained and opaline finishes, adding a sense of depth and an intriguing new dimension to timekeeping.

The special application of Super-LumiNova treatment to the elements on the dial is yet another unique feature of the Polaris Date watch. The luminous coating is vanilla-tinted, paying tribute to the 1960’s and 1970’s style of the popular Polaris II model. A broad 42mm stainless steel case makes sure the watch has a clear presence on the wrist, no matter how you wear it. Use it for adding an elegant finishing touch to a business suit or play things down with a casual jeans and shirt combination – the watch will become a talking point to your outfit whether you intend it to or not. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition watch has history despite its modern, ergonomic design. It pays respect to
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s heritage whilst remembering that its sporting credentials are still very much in demand by those considering themselves true Swiss watch collectors.

Two prominent crowns are situated on the case of the
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date watch and this is where the model gets even more interesting. One crown adjusts the time and the other controls the rotating bezel. The 200 meter water resistant case is completed in hand polished and fine brushed techniques that add more character to the watch, whilst inside the case lies the faithful self-winding in-house Calibre 899A/1 with an impressive 38 hour power reserve. Examples of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expert craftsmanship skills are on this occasion, hidden away, since the closed case back of the watch features four special engravings; the SCUBA diving insignia, the Jaeger-LeCoultre crest, the phrase “1000 HOURS CONTROL” (since each limited edition timepiece has undergone a total of 1000 hours of testing before leaving Jaeger-LeCoultre’s house of manufacture) and the “Limited edition – One of 800” inscription. The date feature on the watch is deep-set, embedded into its multi-tone blue backdrop and easy to read whether caught in light-compromising conditions or in full glare of the sun. Comfort and functionality are once more reiterated in the exclusive blue rubber Clous de Paris strap which is perfectly matched to the captivating blue colour of the inner bezel.

With an impressive array of blue tones and a glowing dial that draws the eye in to admire its many meticulous finishes, you’ll never get bored when referencing the time on this Jaeger-LeCoultre watch.

View the timepiece here