Since its revival of the iconic Polaris collection in 2018, the brand has continually pushed boundaries, redefining the concept of modern sport-chic watches. As we step into 2023, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces the new Polaris Chronograph, a timepiece that transcends expectations with its exquisite design and functional versatility. With two distinct dial variations and interchangeable straps, this watch is poised to capture the hearts of watch enthusiasts and adventurers alike.
The Art of Dial Craftsmanship
At the heart of the Polaris Chronograph’s appeal lies its mesmerizing dials. These dials are not just functional components but works of art meticulously crafted to perfection. Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen two distinct lacquered surfaces for these dials, each representing a unique facet of the Polaris character. One boasts a deep blue hue, exuding elegance, while the other, in a warm grey, embodies a sportier spirit.
The complexity of these dials is evident in their construction, featuring a central disc, a middle ring with applied hour markers, and an outer ring bearing a tachymeter scale. What truly sets these dials apart is the gradual transition of lacquer from light to dark, creating a captivating visual depth. Achieving this requires a painstaking artisanal process involving the manual application of clear varnish, layers of color, and 35 coats of translucent lacquer. The result is a dazzling mirror finish that showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to perfection.
Elegance in Functionality
The layout of the Polaris Chronograph dial is a timeless testament to intuitive readability. A central chronograph seconds hand ensures precise timing, while a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a running seconds display at 9 o’clock add dynamic functionality. The lacquered surfaces are contrasted by circular graining on these sub-dials, with vibrant orange accents enhancing the watch’s overall aesthetic. Bold trapezoid-shaped indexes and luminescent coatings further enhance legibility, making this watch a true companion for various adventures.
Craftsmanship Inside Out
Turning the watch over reveals the exquisite automatic movement, Calibre 761, a quintessential example of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to mechanical excellence. This movement boasts a column-wheel chronograph mechanism with a vertical clutch and an impressive 65-hour power reserve. The finishing touches, such as blued screws and Côtes de Genève decoration, reflect the brand’s dedication to every detail. Calibre 761 is designed, produced, and assembled within Jaeger-LeCoultre’s own Manufacture, a testament to Swiss watchmaking excellence.
The Polaris line seamlessly blends the robustness of a sports watch with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s unmistakable elegance. Paying homage to the brand’s iconic diving watches of the 1960s, it captures the spirit of sport and vintage allure in a contemporary and confident style. The 42mm steel case embodies key Polaris design elements, from taut lines to sharply curving lugs and a thin bezel. The large crown and robust pushers, reminiscent of the 1960s model, ensure ease of use.
Designed to adapt to all of life’s adventures, the Polaris Chronograph comes with an interchangeable strap system, offering quick character and style transformations. Each timepiece includes two straps, catering to both the blue and grey dial options. The blue dial comes with a steel bracelet and a textured blue rubber strap, while the grey dial offers a beige canvas strap and a textured black rubber strap. This versatility allows wearers to tailor their watch to any occasion.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 2023 Polaris Chronograph is more than a timekeeping instrument; it’s a masterpiece of artistry and functionality. With its exquisite lacquered dials, impeccable movement, and seamless blend of elegance and adventure, this watch is set to be a coveted piece among discerning collectors and those who appreciate the finer things in life. Experience the world of Jaeger-LeCoultre through the Polaris Chronograph, where luxury meets versatility, and time becomes an adventure.
Price & Availabilty
Both new versions of the Polaris Chronograph are now available from the brand and retailers. For more details, please visit Jaeger-LeCoultre.com.
- Price: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograhp, Ref Q902843J: 13,800 CHF / 15,600 EUR / 14,300 USD
- Price: Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograhp, Ref Q9028181: 13,800 CHF / 15,600 EUR / 14,300 USD
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