Jaeger-LeCoultre, the 14th-year official partner of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, held a great gala dinner at Palais Pisani Moretta on August 31, 2018. Tsar Paul I of Russia, Joséphine Bonaparte, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II and Goethe were greeted and served here. 80 guests of honor from all over the world attended the gala dinner, Benedict Cumberbatch included. In that evening, he wore Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Steel Watch Ref.9038670. It’s not the first time for him to choose and wear the model. In the Korean premiere event of Avenger: Infinite War this year, he was wearing reference 9038670. In that time , he has been a global brand ambassador of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Jaeger-Lecoultre has the entry-level lines: Master Collection and Reverso Collection. To 2018, the Polaris Collection added to the entry level. Jaeger-Lecoultre Polaris Collection features the combination of elegance and sport, and it was regarded as the stepping-stone role to the luxury sporty wristwatch field. 17 Polaris wristwatches were displayed at SIHH 2018. Inspired by the Polaris Memovox Diver watch in 1968, Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Ref.9038670 is an echo of bold and adventure spirit, limited to 1000 pieces.
The new Memovox wristwatch was inspired by the first Polaris Memovox, so it is more loyal to the original model, whose many designs reflect vintage style, such as white luminescent materials, trapezoid hour markers, crown-styled buttons and Memovox. White decoration stands out on black dial. The black dial includes four parts, the inclined ring with dots, batons and numbers, the grainy hour area, the narrow track-typed scale circle and the smooth rotatable central disc with a triangle and “MEMOVOX” logo. Baton-shaped hands and a slim second hand spin on the black dial. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Ref.9038670 is fitted with in-house Cal.956 with 45 hours of power reserve.
The biggest feature of reference 9038670 is Memovox and 20-bar water resistance. Among the models released at SIHH 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox Ref.9038670 is the only one with 200-meter water resistance. But, the appendant branch tells that the watch should not be used for diving or sports involving major risks, such as sailboard or water skiing. It means it isn’t suggested to be a professional diver watch, so it’s OK to swim or bath. The sound of the alarm clock spreads well under the water, but the alarm clock is set only once before users go down the water. If you want to delay, it will be impossible to pull up the button under the water. How to use the alarm clock? Supposing it’s 10 O’clock now, you want it sound a warning at 10:30, and you just rotate the triangle and make it point to 10:30. Memovox is an interesting design, but in fact, it plays a minor role. Also, the supple black rubber bracelet is comfortable, and even its length can encircle the ankle a circle. The case-back with “50th anniversary 1968-2018” pays homage to the first Polaris Memovox.