EXCLUSIVE | SIHH 2018: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris & Polaris Chronograph Full Collection Deep Dive!

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References in order of appearance: 9068670, 9008471, 9008480, 9008180, 9028180, 9022450, 905T480, 905T471

For SIHH 2018, Jaeger LeCoultre has re-imagined its sports watch lineup as a full collection inspired by the 1968 Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Diving Alarm. The models are as follows: Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Automatic, Polaris Date, Polaris Memovox, Polaris Chronograph, and Polaris Chronograph World Time. The Polaris Memovox is the closest to the original; its 42mm case, dramatically domed sapphire, vanilla-tinted dial luminescence, and true-to-history Super Compressor caseback logo make this 1,000-piece limited edition a hot commodity for fans who love vintage style but crave a warranty, luxury built, and the security of a modern 200-meter water resistance rating. The 42mm stainless steel Polaris Date is the second most heritage-driven model in the Polaris collection. Its 200-meter water resistance rating, dramatically domed sapphire, and vanilla-tinted Super Luminova create the requisite heritage character. The Polaris Memovox, Polaris Date, and Polaris Automatic all feature a bi-directional internal dive bezel inspired by the 1968 original; the Polaris Automatic makes due with a 100-meter water resistant rating and offers a more compact steel 41mm case. A 100-meter automatic chronograph arrives in the form of the Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph; it is 42mm in stainless steel and is powered by the 65-hour power reserve vertical clutch/column wheel manufacture caliber 751. For fans of compound complications, the Polaris Chronograph World Time marries a twin-register (minutes and seconds) chronograph with a 24-time zone world time function. The 44mm titanium Polaris World Time Chronograph is the largest entry in the collection, and it is the only watch not crafted from rose gold or steel.

All of the new Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris models can be purchased on a calf leather strap, an alligator leather strap, a rubber strap, or a steel bracelet with double-deployant clasp and twin micro-adjusters. All models are available with a black dial or a blue dial; all dials feature applied indices and numerals. The Polaris Chronograph also can be purchased in rose gold with an anthracite/metallic grey dial, and rose gold models will be delivered with matching rose gold deployant clasps and rose gold rotors; steel and titanium models feature tungsten rotors. All models delivered on calf or alligator straps will receive pull-tab spring bars and a clasp that enable rapid removal and replacement of straps to suit the tastes or circumstances of the owner.

Jaeger LeCoultre expands its relationship with Argentine leather specialists Casa Fagliano for 2018. Multiple Reverso references including the new Reverso Tribute Small Seconds will be available with Casa Fagliano’s signature shell cordovan leather straps, and Watchbox Studios was able to film Eduardo Fagliano at work cutting, finishing, and fitting Casa Fagliano straps to the Reverso colleciton

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Comments

Todd Power says:

Im sure they are high quality but they look so boring….

PuYang7 says:

Wish they made one in 38-40mm instead of the 41mm. Might as well have just made the 42 and 44 at that point.
The movements also look way too small for the watches, not something I expected from a watch at these prices. (Smaller case size may have helped this too).
“Downgrading” to tungsten rotor when basically all of their other watches in the Master collection uses Gold rotors is weird too.
I really wanted a JLC for daily wear, and was excited when I heard about these Polaris models. But all of them seem to be missing something that would otherwise be a good buy :[

PWNtizzled says:

Does anyone know what the ref. is for the gold reverso with brown strap at 0:54?

cvt cvt says:

Very smart and sexy. Good design

JianT'yng Lee says:

We need a stand alone review for that Polaris Date!!!!! Tim please do it!!! That watch is so good looking, specially the slight yellowish lum, omg so freak nice!

eco8gator says:

Take JLC off the world time dial and put Patek and it would sell for 4-5x more. Nice watch.

RandomUser20130101 says:

Hi Tim, isn’t it odd that the world timer doesn’t have a date? If these watches are used for their intended purpose (for travelers, no doubt), then a date would be invaluable. Almost all other world timer watches I’ve seen have dates.

John Pang says:

What? No demonstration of the alarm on the Memovox? Tim, I at least expected that from you! No one seems to be pointing out the back of the new Polaris Memovox has lost the signature 16 hole double back case. I suppose this is because it is not a true compressor case as the Tribute was. Does the alarm sound muted, or clear like a school Bell as with the tribute?

hipporage18 says:

That blue world time chrono is amazing! I’ve been in love with the master compressor version for a while. Still prefer that one but these are awesome! Thanks Tim. Great job

Philip A Winged says:

This is absolutely amazing. JLC is such a great company also for having such ideas. Thanks for sharing this with us Tim!

Andrew Kim says:

Beautiful watches and love your coverage. Don’t forget to lock your white balance for your vids! Helps appreciate the blue’s and rose golds when they’re not constantly shifting 🙂

bighands69 says:

They are lovely sports watches and are on par with the Patek Aquanaut 5167.

ahpadt says:

Whats the purpose of the line/hand going across the world time dial? I thought it was a running seconds hand from the marketing pics but it clearly isnt. Fantastic video btw!! Have struggled to find good high res pics/vids of these watches.

Winston Baby says:

I don’t particularly like the display back on the Polaris models… Because the movement is relatively small the spacer that is built in either to the case back or the movement looks like an afterthought…

Luke C says:

Surprised that the polaris ‘sports’ watches have a balance cock rather than a full balance bridge? Is this not needed…

Adam says:

Thanks for the detailed, well done video review, Tim.

ripperx444 says:

I don’t know which one I’m going to get but I am getting one!! The entry level model has the strap change system plus display case back. The movmenet looks small for the case but it’s still nice. The tribute model is also nice but only on rubber. Not sure which is more versitle! Now the elephant in the room is PUSH PINs on the bracelete! I keep waiting for grand Seiko to stop using them and now JLC decides to go that route… I hate push pins for luxury products. Thats like using plastic in the movmeent

One thing i will check is the crown action and if the hour hand jumps off the marker when setting the time. My deepsea chrono had that and I sold it. Are these crowns screw down or push/Pull like the deepsea?

1989osu says:

Love the brand, but very underwhelmed by this collection. I suppose the Polaris Memovox is alright, even though the former tribute/re-edition strikes me as a better choice. Dearly miss the Master Compressor collection, will definitely hold on to my Master Compressor GMT without feeling left out.

Edmund Choy says:

Direct competition against the Rolex explorer/daytona and omega railmaster/moon watch, hope Jlc kick some ass in this segment

sofrech1991 says:

I don’t understand why JLC opts to show off the movement when it’s clearly evident that the movement is far too small for the case…

steven uk1 says:

If I was JLC I would be rolling out the red carpet for people like Tim.

Titi teatea says:

JLC diver: The lugs shapes and finish, strongly remind me of those of modern Aquatimers. Beautiful watch! Nice vintage feel, The bracelet looks very nice too with the deployment clasp.

Luke C says:

Like the polaris but that caseback looks like something from a microbrand. Expect a lot more from JLC

Duo Rockwell says:

Any info on the lug-to-lug and lug width of the watches, particularly the Automatic and the Date? Thanks!

cvt cvt says:

None of these are still for sale on the site in description

Bubba B says:

Nicely done Tim, but not top of my list, the chronograph are good. Thank you.

Peter Kim says:

The blue dial chronographs look great! A little bit of a big size for me, not sure it would fit. I like that JLC is offering more models with greater WR. I’m guessing the crown and pushers are screw-down?

Ivan Hristov says:

Awesome watches. Love JLC. Is there a way to get those drawings in the background?

JD Michael says:

I think JLC killed it with the Polaris line. Ex back, modern sizing for the win. I have a 7.75 inch wrist and love the 40 + sizing. I will purchase one this year. Nice job Tim.

minibus1351 says:

What a great overview! Excellent job. I’m kind of disappointed with the Polaris line to be honest. Quite large and frankly a little lacklustre. The Reversos look absolutely exquisite though.

treehouse722 says:

I’m not sure when this Polaris range was first mooted – I don’t think it’s breaking news at SIHH – but it seems to me a brilliant move by JLC. I’ve long thought there was a gap in JLC’s offerings: namely, a simple, easily recognisable family of watches that could be considered emblematic of what the brand is. Something to match, say, IWC’s Portuguese, Rolex’s dive watches, or AP’s Royal Oak. I think Polaris fills that hole pretty much perfectly.

I’m not the hugest JLC fan, but I think these are wonderful, and I think they’ve nailed the design. The blue ones in particular are stunning.

Kevin Kohn says:

great job as always, one quick question it was unclear as to whether you could add the rubber strap to the chrono titanium workd time…i think having both the calf and the rubber strap would make it a very versatile travel watch

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