Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar (Price, Pictures and Specifications)
For Watches and Wonders 2022, JLC revised the Polaris collection by adding for the first time a Perpetual Calendar complication. Introduced in 2018 (please read more about here), the Polaris collection was inspired by the iconic watch from 1968, the JLC Memovox Polaris.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris collection brings the best of the Grande Maison’s watchmaking tradition and its attention to detail and in the same time developing a contemporary sporty-elegant timepiece, with a nice vintage look.
For the Polaris Perpetual Calendar, Jaeger-LeCoultre equipped the watch with its new in-house movement JLC Calibre 868AA.
This new calibre it’s a development of the perpetual calendar movement, which JLC released it in 2013. It displays the moon phases in Southern Hemisphere as well as the classical Norther Hemisphere. We can see an improvement also for the power reserve, which now is 70 hours.
The set the time and operating it, the Polaris Perpetual Calendar has two crowns, which I found them very friendly user. With upper crown you can rotate the inner bezel, allowing you to measure the elapsed time and with the second crown placed at 4 o’clock, you can set the time and also wind your timepiece. You can adjust the perpetual calendar settings with only a single pusher found on the opposite part of the crowns at 9 o’clock.
The JLC Polaris Perpetual Calendar comes with a 42 mm case, which is made in steel or pink gold. On the case back, under the sapphire crystal, you will see the decorative finishes of the JLC 868AA movement with its winding rotor in pink gold.
The dial of the watch is amazing. This gradient blue lacquer dial takes its inspiration from the Polaris Mariner Memovox (please read more about here). The dial is well balanced and highly legible. Three sub dials display the indications of the perpetual calendar.
At 3 o’clock you will have the day, at 9 o’clock you will have the date and the month is being displayed at 12 o’clock. Also, in this last sub dial you will have the year displayed. The moon phases for Northern and Southern Hemisphere are displayed at 6 o’clock.
To set the time and adjust the calendar indications correctly, you will find a small indicator at the centre of the dial that turns into red between 8 pm and 4 am, warning you not to set them.
For a better visibility of the indications, the hands of the watch are skeletonised, and a luminescent coating applied on them allows you to read the time and the calendar information in low light.
While the JLC Polaris Perpetual Calendar in steel comes with a bracelet or a texture rubber strap, the pink gold version comes with a blue rubber strap or an alligator strap with a folding buckle. The watch has a new interchangeable strap system and it is very easy to use.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar
- Q9088180 – steel version (interchangeable steel bracelet and rubber strap)
- Q9082680 – pink gold version (interchangeable rubber strap and alligator leather strap)
- Material: steel or pink gold
- Diameter: 42mm
- Height: 11.97mm
- Dial: gradient blue lacquer
- Water resistance: 100 meters
- Calibre: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868AA
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar with moon phases in two hemispheres and red security zone, inner rotating bezel
- Power reserve: 70 hours
The price for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar Ref. Q9088180 is EURO 25,600 and 37,700 for the gold version.