Jaeger-LeCoultre is perhaps best known for its stylish dress watches, such as the classic Reverso or the Master Control. But the storied Swiss manufacture also makes a cracking diver’s watch: the handsome Polaris, which is one of the most underrated diver’s watches on the market.
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates its long history of underwater excellence in 2020 with the release of their new Polaris Mariner collection, consisting of the Polaris Mariner Date and Polaris Mariner Memovox. The pair are a fantastic new addition to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s already impressive lineup, the latter in particular a true innovation that takes the brand’s iconic chiming watches into the wet.
The robust capabilities and distinctive aesthetic of the new Polaris Mariner Memovox (ref. Q9038180) pay direct homage to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s first diving watches. Water-resistant to 300 metres, the 42mm stainless steel watch features the self-winding Calibre 956 – a direct descendant of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s first automatic alarm watch calibres.
With a new peripheral gong designed to allow for a transparent sapphire case-back, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox retains the signature ‘school bell’ sound that lends such charm to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s alarm watches – the chiming still audible even deep underwater. The deep blue dial of the watch is especially tasteful, and befitting of the brand’s stylish character.
If you’re more desk jockey than Jacques Costeau, the Polaris Mariner Date (ref. Q9068180) might be more to your taste. Slightly slimmer than its Memovox brother yet just as stylish and capable underwater if put to its paces, it’s the perfect companion for the modern gentleman.
To mark the launch of its new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Mariner collection, the brand released a short film made in collaboration with acclaimed British actor Benedict Cumberbatch titled In A Breath. In it, Cumberbatch draws the parallel between his longstanding practice of meditation and diving – and the impact that both have on our sense of time. Filmed in Rakino Island, New-Zealand during the height of COVID-19 restrictions, the film perfectly demonstrates the technical capabilities of the new Memovox timepiece, as well as Cumberbatch’s love of diving and his meditative habits.
The new Polaris Mariner collection is available now – dive on in and check it out.