Earlier this year, during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced their new Polaris collection to the world. We’ve been raving about them a number of times, including this hands-on review of the most popular one: the Polaris Memovox. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces us to the new Polaris Geographic WT limited edition, where WT stands for ‘World Time’. Of course.
Inspired – like all the others – on the 1968 Memovox Polaris watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre now comes with another practical complication in their Polaris Geographic WT. I’ve been a sucker for world timers since years, and the regular Geographic models (be it Master or even Master Compressor) are watches that can count on my admiration. This new Polaris Geographic WT houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre 936A/1 movement with 43 hours of power reserve, beautifully decorated and up for the task. It goes without saying that – like all movements used by Jaeger-LeCoultre – it is completely developed and manufactured in-house, and has been used for many years already. So, it is not a new calibre (nor it needs to be), but it does a perfect job for the new Polaris Geographic WT.
Limited to 250 pieces only, and exclusively available through the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques. We see that more and more often, that watches are only available via the official boutiques. We can come up with a number of reasons for that, but one of the most important ones is to make sure that these pieces end up with the right people.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic WT limited edition has pretty good specifications, like a 42mm stainless steel case (11.54mm in height), a 24-hour World Time complication, a second time zone in the 6 o’clock subdial, a date in the 2 o’clock subdial and a power reserve indicator in the 10 o’clock subdial. The layout of the dial is pretty common for Jaeger’s Geographic models. The outer dial shows the city names for the world timer function and with the crown at 10 o’clock you can change the city. The black and white shows whether it is day or night in the local city. Interesting is the is the small sun on the disc indicating the daytime hours – black numerals on a white background – and the little crescent moon for the night hours – white numerals on a black background.
We’ve found it interesting to see that although being part of the new Polaris collection, which is presented as an additional pillar in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s product range, the blue (sunray) dial and its applied hour markers and modern typography numerals give it a very modern look. Not at all ‘retro’ in our opinion. The case design, small bezel and finishing make it this typical new Polaris watch of course. It is a very fresh addition to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris portfolio. The watches are not uniquely numbered but will have the ‘one of 250’ mentioning (not visible on the product images below).
This new Polaris Geographic WT limited edition comes with an alligator strap and a folding clasp. The watch is water resistant to 10 bar (~ 100 meters). Price will be €11.250 (excluding sales taxes).