Since its appearance in 1950, the JAEGER-LECOULTRE Memovox alarm watch has inspired a series of Jaeger-LeCoultre mechanical watches with alarm functions. In 2018, the brand took inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris, creating a new Polaris series, which reproduces the look of this historical work with different styles and watches equipped with different functions.
‘Memovox alarm watch reminds, informs and wakes up.’ This sentence comes from an advertisement in the 1950s, describing the outstanding features of the alarm clock that Jaeger-LeCoultre just launched on the market. After the Second World War, the economic recovery, the Memovox alarm watch, which means ‘the sound of memory’, reminds business people with an alarm function so as not to miss any appointments. The lines of this manual-winding mechanical watch are clear and classic. The unique feature is the additional crown specially set for the alarm function. In 1953, the government of Vaud, Switzerland, where the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch factory was located, specially selected this watch as a gift to comedian Charlie. Charlie Chaplin. As for what important works have been launched in the history of Memovox, here is a quick review.
Memovox self-winding alarm
In 1956, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox alarm watch series added a new work, launched the first self-winding watch with alarm function. Since then, this watch has become the source of inspiration for the brand, and has succeeded in a series of masterpieces. Three years after this watch was launched, Jaeger-LeCoultre further promoted the alarm clock. Its target is no longer limited to business people, the workshop believes that this watch equipped with automatic mechanical movement is also very suitable for all kinds of adventurers and athletes. Just like an advertisement in the 1970s, showing the newly developed Concorde, accompanied by a powerful promotional slogan: ‘Memovox ringing watch, for the active people’).
Memovox Worldtime Alarm Clock and Memovox Parking Alarm Clock
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the brand, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched two new watches. The Memovox Worldtime alarm watch allows the wearer to instantly check the time around the world; the Memovox Parking alarm watch can help the wearer monitor the parking time of the car and send out a ringtone reminder before the time limit. The design is unique.
Memovox Deep Sea
In 1959, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Memovox Deep Sea alarm watch, equipped with an 815 automatic winding movement. This is the first dive watch equipped with an alarm function. Its function is obviously not just a reminder for getting up alarm or dating, but a professional equipment that can remind divers underwater to ensure their personal safety.
Just six years later, the Memovox Polaris with Jaeger-LeCoultre 825 mechanical movement was launched. The creation of this watch was born in a deep sea journey in 1962. At that time, various expeditions were being actively carried out around the world, from space to the depths of the ocean floor to the polar regions. In 1963, the first 50 samples were released. In order to facilitate reading time, the diameter of the new case has been increased to 42 mm, which was a wide design at the time. Another major design change is the alarm device. The designers of the Memovox Polaris alarm clock worked hard to develop an alarm system that would make a loud sound underwater. In order to prevent the alarm bell from weakening due to the contact of the watch with the wetsuit, the case is specially designed with a triple bottom cover. The first layer of copper bottom cover helps the alarm to resonate; the second layer of waterproof bottom cover protects the internal devices from water leakage; and the third layer of bottom cover has 16 cutouts to ensure that the alarm sound can be clearly transmitted in the water . This Memovox alarm watch is water resistant to 200 meters and has anti-collision and anti-magnetic properties. In addition, the watch replaces the outer bezel with a rotating inner bezel and is controlled by a third crown.
In 1968, Jaeger-LeCoultre designed a new faceplate for this watch, adding a sporty touch. The numbers and time stamps transferred to the faceplate are covered with Tritium® 氚 material, and the time stamps have been redesigned into a trapezoid. The dial also has a small triangle indicator to indicate the alarm time, and a Barton-type hand covered with fluorescent material. Half a century later, this design inspired the watchmakers of the Grand Workshop to create the new Polaris collection in 2018.
Memovox Polaris II
In 1971, another advanced and innovative work appeared. The Memovox Polaris II was a collection of innovative technologies of the time. This watch’s 916 mechanical movement is one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s high-frequency self-winding mechanical movements developed in 1970. The movement of the balance wheel reaches 28,800 vibrations per hour, which is extremely refined. The winding device is also new, and its automatic disc can rotate freely in both directions around the axis to wind the barrel. This superb performance is the inspiration for the design of the 956 mechanical movement in the Master Compressor Memovox series.
Master Control Memovox and Master Grande Memovox
The Master Control Memovox series alarm clock was launched in 1998. The 914 mechanical movement of this watch has passed 1,000 hours of testing, which proves its excellent performance and reliable performance. Two years later, the 909-440 / 2 mechanical movement of the Master Grande Memovox is born. It is equipped with a perpetual calendar and moon phase display function. The suspension gong replaces the resonance of the classic style of Memovox. Bottom cover.
Master Compressor Memovox
The introduction of the Master Compressor Memovox series alarm clock became the focus of 2002, continuing the legend of the mechanical movement of the Memovox alarm clock.
Memovox Tribute to Polaris
To commemorate the glorious history of Memovox Polaris, in 2008, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched two limited edition Memovox Tribute to Polaris, 1965 and 1968 models. The two Memovox Tribute to Polaris watches inherit the essence and aesthetic design of the same series of watches, and also incorporate the latest advanced watchmaking technology of Jaeger-LeCoultre to meet the watch’s precision, ruggedness and reliability at that time. Standard Huai. For this reason, the alarm device of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 956 mechanical movement hangs the gong on the bottom cover. In addition, its automatic discs are equipped with ceramic ball bearings and do not require any lubrication or maintenance. The case is equipped with a waterproof bottom cover, which can function as a resonance box, and the outer bottom cover has 16 circular cutouts, which adheres to the traditional aesthetic design.
Master Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea
In 1959, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the first diving watch with an alarm, the Memovox Deep Sea. This watch is available in two styles, designed for divers in Europe and the United States. In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched a new limited edition watch in memory of this historic watch. Like the prototype, the new work is available in both European and American versions. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 40.5 mm and is equipped with a Memovox 956 automatic winding alarm mechanism. The European version (limited to 959 pieces) is paired with a distinctive black dial, while the American version (limited to 359 pieces) has a black / grey dial and is engraved with the ‘LeCoultre’ logo.
Master Memovox Boutique Edition
In 2016, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the birth of the first alarm watch with an automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre specially launched a limited-edition watch exclusively for sale in specialty stores. The new work is inspired by the Memovox Snowdrop alarm clock from the 1970s. It is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre 956 mechanical movement, with a contemporary case and decoration, which reproduces the original blue and retro style.
Alarm Clock In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the new Polaris collection, inspired by the 1968 Memovox Polaris Polar Alarm Clock. The Polaris Memovox alarm clock in this collection inherits the appearance and alarm functions of the prototype model and incorporates a redesigned case. The new work commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 model, with a limited edition of 1,000. Its historical atmosphere and unique design are really addictive. From 1950 to the present, only a few timepiece mechanical movements have such long-lasting vitality with the reliable performance and continuous innovation at the beginning of the market. As of 2018, the 60-year-old Memovox alarm watch still sounds in the years.