Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases

 

 


As we’ve seen in recent years, Jaeger-LeCoultre is again taking advantage of the late-summer release lull to introduce a brand new blue-dialed limited edition that’s exclusive to North American buyers. Past releases in this tradition have included a unique blue-dialed Memovox Alarm, as well as a gorgeous blue crosshair-dialed Geophysic True Second – both of which sold out in short order, and now trade for well above their initial asking prices. This time around, 2018’s Polaris Date is getting the treatment, equipped with a lovely blue dial that exhibits multiple dégradé finishes, complemented by vanilla-colored Superluminova and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. And just like the other releases, this one is reserved for North American buyers, and is limited to only 800 pieces, which’ll certainly move quickly.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases

Yes, it’s still blue, but unlike the prior late-summer North American limited editions, which had matte and sunray dial finishes, respectively, this new Polaris features a gorgeous blue and turquoise radial dégradé (French for “to degrade,” or more specifically, a fade between two colors) dial center, which contrasts a textured vertical fade around the hour markers themselves. A matte navy blue chapter ring (that doubles as a rotating bezel) encircles both, matching the navy blue integrated rubber strap, further completing the look. The hour markers themselves use a vanilla-colored Super-LumiNova – the same as what’s used on the black-dialed variant, but somehow its application here has a lot more impact, hearkening the creamy tones that might juxtapose warm sands and the cool waters of some far-flung Mediterranean beach.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases

Just like the black-dialed variant, this new reference Q9068681 is a 42mm dive watch with 200 meters of water-resistance (as we’re reminded by the diver’s helmet engraved on the caseback), though I’d argue that with the push/pull crowns and the cheerful tones, this variant is best deployed as a skindiver, or vacation watch. The original Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris from 1968 was conceived as a diver’s alarm, and a genuine tool watch forged out of necessity, but that sentiment has evolved into something certainly no less capable, but altogether a little sleeker, more sculpted, and infinitely more luxurious than its humble, spartan origins. Which is to say, it’s far from a bad thing – on the contrary, having tried all four variants, I’ve found the Polaris collection, as a whole, an absolute joy on the wrist. They are thoughtfully designed, extremely well-proportioned, and beautifully finished (a particular favorite detail of mine is the sculpting on the lugs) – and I’d expect little else from this particular edition.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Limited Edition Exclusive to North America Watch Releases

You can’t see it through the solid caseback, but inside we’ve got the in-house manufactured Calibre 899 movement, which has been in service for the better part of the last decade in a wide variety of JLC’s three-handed watches. Granted, its power reserve is a little dated at only 38 hours, but it does exhibit a few other upgrades, like a free-sprung balance, a uni-directional winding mechanism, and ceramic ball bearings for the rotor – all of which have yielded a proven workhorse that’s further tested for 1000 hours in the factory before leaving in each watch. What you can see on the caseback though, is the limited edition engraving – each reference is one of 800 pieces. It’s a bit more than the 100 pieces reserved for last year’s Geophysic, but most would argue that the Polaris has a much broader appeal – Jaeger LeCoultre should have no trouble moving through these quickly. If you want one, the Polaris Date Limited Edition has a price of 8,250, and it is expected to land in North American JLC Boutiques starting on September 1st. Learn more at jaeger-lecoultre.com.



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