Home » Unveiling the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph: A Timepiece with Dual Faces
In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre brought back the renowned Polaris name, reinventing the modern sporty-chic timepiece for everyday life. Five years later, the brand has enhanced the Polaris Chronograph by offering it with two distinct dials, demonstrating the craftsmanship of the Manufacture. To further accentuate the versatility of the watch, each new Polaris Chronograph is provided with two interchangeable straps, allowing the wearer to instantly alter their look.
A luxurious lacquer coating lends a fashionable touch to the sporty-looking dials, making them all the more appealing.
The Polaris Chronograph dials are characterized by the modern lines of their cases and stand out with their bold and vivid lacquered surfaces. One is a deep blue hue that reflects the sophisticated side of the Polaris, while the other is a warm grey, which is a new color in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s collection and illustrates its sportier side.
The complexity of the dial is built up of a central disc, a middle ring with hour markers, and an outer ring with a tachymeter scale. To generate an attractive visual effect, the lacquer on both the central disc and the hours ring is carefully and gradually shaded from light to dark. This process is laboriously done by hand, starting off with a layer of clear varnish and then a layer of colour. To bring out the subtle hues and gradations, 35 coats of translucent lacquer are then applied, and finally the components are polished to a bright mirror finish.
The Polaris Chronograph dial is designed in a classic style that’s easy to interpret, with a central chronograph seconds hand for more exact readings. Contrasting the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a running seconds display now animates the dial at 9 o’clock, replacing the previous style. The sub-dials have a circular grain texture which stands out against the lacquered surfaces and the opaline finish of the outer ring.
The bright orange hue is used to emphasize the important elements, creating a dynamic visual appearance. The skeletonized hands provide an unobstructed view of the indications, while the trapezoid-shaped indexes conform to the modern Polaris design standards. To ensure maximum readability in any lighting situation, the indexes, numerals, and hands are coated with a luminescent material – a must-have for any sports watch.
The sapphire crystal case-back displays the Calibre 761, the automatic movement that is a fine illustration of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watchmaking. This movement is powered by double barrels and features a column-wheel chronograph mechanism with vertical clutch. It provides an impressive 65-hour power reserve.
The movement’s fine craftsmanship is shown in the blued screws and Cotes de Geneve decoration which is featured on the baseplate and winding rotor, emblazoned with a ‘JL’ insignia. The entire process, from design to assembly, was done within the Manufacture at Le Sentier in Switzerland’s Vallee de Joux.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Polaris line of watches successfully combines the strength and practicality of a sports watch with the brand’s signature sophisticated look. This line is a tribute to the Maison’s iconic diving watches from the 1960s, which it reinterprets with a modern flair while still embracing the original spirit of these vintage models.
The Polaris Chronograph offers a combination of casual elegance and high-performance sportiness, designed for optimum comfort on the wrist. Its 42mm steel case features the classic Polaris design with taut lines, sharply curving lugs, a thin bezel, a glass-box crystal, and a mix of brushed and polished surfaces. Moreover, the large crown – which was inspired by a 1960s model – and robust pushers are constructed for more grip and easy operation.
The Polaris Chronograph is designed to accompany any life adventure, and it has an interchangeable strap system for a fast transformation of style. Each watch comes with two straps: the blue dial is matched with a steel bracelet and a blue rubber strap with a “Clous de Paris” design, and the grey dial is accompanied by a beige canvas strap and a black rubber strap with the same pattern.
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The Polaris Chronograph is a timepiece that is designed to measure elapsed time. It is a specialized type of watch that has additional features such as tachymeter, telemeter and pulsometer scales. The chronograph is able to start, stop and reset with the push of a button. It is suitable for sports timing, calculating speed and interval training.
Measures: a width of 42 mm and a depth of 13.39 mm
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 761 is an automated caliber.
Capabilities: Hour, minute and small second displays; a chronograph with a 30-minute counter, a central seconds indication, and a tachymeter.
Time of Operation: 65 hours
Options: A shade of blue or a hue of grey lacquer
Fastening: The blue-faced dial is secured with a steel bracelet and a rubber strap;
A combination of a beige canvas and an extra rubber band accompanies the grey dial.
An interchangeable folding buckle is provided with both models.
Resistance to water: 10 bar
A blue dial is designated Q9028181, while a grey dial is labeled Q902843J.
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