JAEGER LE COULTRE
Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates the 60th anniversary of one of its most iconic and collectible models, the Memovox, with a special Boutique Edition. The watch is notable for its mechanical alarm function that can be used as an alarm clock, parking meter reminder, meeting alert and more.
Like any watch with a storied past, the Memovox is highly collectible. It was 1950 when Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced the first model, notable for its mechanical alarm function. This was followed in 1956 by an automatic version, the world’s first automatic watch equipped with an alarm function. In 1959, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Deep Sea was the world’s first divers’ watch with an alarm function that could remind the diver when it was time to return to the surface. Jaeger-LeCoultre followed up with the Memovox Polaris in 1965, also with an alarm function and 200-meter water resistance as well as an internal rotating bezel. An updated model, with a rubber and steel strap, was introduced in 1968. There have been several more versions over the years, including the Master Grande Memovox Caliber 909-440/2, introduced in 2000, which included a perpetual calendar and moon phase display. A Memovox Tribute piece was introduced in 2011 that replicated the original Plexiglas window over the dial rather than a sapphire crystal. There is even a Memovox Parking edition, with an alarm to remind you when your parking meter time is up.
The new Boutique Edition contains the automatic Caliber 956, a direct descendent of the original automatic Caliber 815. The Boutique Edition is designed after a 1970s version of the Memovox, the Memovox Snowdrop, with the same baton hands, rail-track minute circle, and blue dial. The Memovox Boutique Edition has a stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal and a calfskin strap with blue topstitching. A triangle on the inner dial turns to set the alarm funciton. The “1,000 Hours Control” symbol certifies that the watch has successfully undergone 1,000 hours of rigorous tests relating to its functioning and reliability. It is a limited edition of 500 pieces.
Carol Besler covers watches for Watch Journal, Watch Time, Robb Report, Nuvo, Revolution and International Watch. For more of her stories see watchdetail.com
Master Memovox Boutique Edition [60th Anniversary party]
Old Bond Street, London