German watch magazines are considered to be the best by many collectors, especially those who are able to read and understand the German language 🙂 One of them, Uhren Magzine, has an annual contest for the best watch in a certain price category. Readers of the magazine can vote for a certain watch that is on the list of the Goldene Unruh. If you are not familiar with Germans, you should know that they are quite proud on their homeland and the stuff they come up with (cars, pens, watches, food, beer etc).
You won’t see a German guy driving a French car for example (and vica versa in this case). 😉 For watches, they seem to make a few exceptions, but the golden rule is to vote German. Most Goldene Unruh winners of previous years were those of Lange & S?É¬?hne, Glash?É¬ºtte Original, Nomos, Sinn, Chronoswiss… you can probably finalize this list 🙂 However, this year, on the 26th of February 2009, the winner of the Goldene Unruh (2009) is the Jaeger-LeCoulte Memovox Tribute to Polaris. In the category up to 25.000 euro, this watch got most votes. Over 13000 people participated in this contest by Uhren Magazine, and most of them probably reside in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. I hope there is a small amount from the Netherlands, as a lot of people here are able to read and understand German as well.
The JLC Memovox Tribute to Polaris is a limited edtion (768 pieces in stainless steel) and tribute to the original Memovox Polaris. This watch is equipped with the famous Memovox alarm functionality (suspended gong) which can be operated with the extra crowns. The inhouse JLC caliber 956 has a power reserve of 45 hours and consists of 268 parts! The 1000 hour control have been applied to this JLC Memovox and the watch is waterresistant to 200 metres.
Thanks to Marc Menant @ Jaeger-LeCoultre for notifying me about this achievement!