In January at SIHH, Jaeger-LeCoultre focused attention on its Polaris re-boot, an impressive series of sporty watches meant to recall the original Polaris II from the mid-1960s. The launch, which offers a slimmer bezel and shorter lugs when compared to the original Polaris, includes a full range of 41mm, 42mm and 44mm timepieces: a three-hand automatic, a chronograph and a chronograph world time, as well as two vintage-design models: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox.
This week Jaeger-LeCoultre completes the collection by rolling out the Polaris Geographic WT, a slightly smaller, non-chrono alternative to the already released Polaris Chronograph WT. The newest steel watch, a limited edition of 250 now available at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s boutiques, measures 42mm in diameter (the Chronograph WT measures 44mm in diameter) and houses the Calibre 936A/1, a mechanical self-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre caliber.
The new watch functions much like other Jaeger-LeCoultre world timers, which is no surprise since the movement here is not new. Twenty-four time zones are visible on a flange, which is adjusted by the crown at 10 o’clock. A nice extra feature, a small white asterisk, indicates to the wearer which cities follow daylight saving time according to seasons.
With blue subdials, this new WT dial is more complex–and more contemporary–than the other new Polaris dials. A greater visual depth is created thanks in part to a nicely subtle transition from blue to black. You’ll also see an opaline base for the city disk, a sunray sub-dial for the calendar (at 2 o'clock), the second time zone at 6 o'clock and the power reserve at 10 o'clock.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has divided the day/night disk into two black and white sections to clearly indicate whether it is day or night in the local city (the chosen second time zone). Note the small sun icon indicating the daytime hours and the small crescent moon for the night hours.
As noted, this Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Geographic WT is being issued as a series of 250 pieces and it will exclusively be available at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques. We’ll have the official U.S. price for you very soon, though European reports have indicated the price there at 13,650 euros, or about $16,300.