Taking inspiration from the much-coveted 1968 Memovox Polaris diving watch, the Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Polaris collection four years ago. Although it’s younger than the other ranges offered by the brand, it quickly rose to prominence for its sporty, diving timepieces that present utilitarian functions, vintage design codes, and modern standards of chronometric performance. Now, Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced a new Polaris Date in a deep green colour.
Sized at 42mm, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre watch is housed in a bulky yet comfortable stainless steel case, featuring satin-finished surfaces, polished chamfers on the lugs, and a narrow bezel. However, the biggest update is the display of the watch which comes in an alluring green hue with a gradient effect that ranges from light olive to verdant rainforest, taking on different shades according to the angle of reflected light. Representing the all-terrain nature of the new Polaris Date, the dial also consists of three different textures, including sunray-brushed in the centre, grained for the hour chapter ring, and opaline for the inner bezel. Thanks to its Super-LumiNova coated, cream-coloured hour indices and the tip of the timekeeping hands, the watch offers optimal readability even in low light conditions. Moreover, the orange triangle on the internal rotating bezel adds a pop of colour to the display.
The new Jaeger-LeCoultre watch is equipped with the latest generation of the in-house Calibre 899, which beats at the frequency of 28,800vph and can run autonomously for up to a decent 70 hours. Featuring 32 jewels in addition to a dark rhodium-coloured opened rotor, the movement has been decorated with polished chamfers and Geneva stripes. Unlike its predecessors, the watch comes with a transparent caseback through which the viewer can admire the calibre. The new Polaris Date is worn on a textured rubber strap—matching the colour of the dial—with a steel pin buckle and an interchangeability system.