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Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of a very few luxury watch brands that has a collection dedicated to one of mechanical watchmaking’s most practical complications: the alarm function. Unlike toady’s smartphones and other electronic alarms, the watch rings with a physical bell that can be felt as well as heard. The clear sound is a welcome reprieve from the jarring electronic alarms that have become so pervasive in our lives.
The new Memovox pays tribute to the collection that was first introduced in 1950, with some very handsome modern updates. The watch, with its distinctive three-tone blue dial, enclosed in a stainless steel case, is powered by the Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic Calibre 956 with alarm function, first created in 1956. The alarm and date are set with the upper crown: turning counter-clockwise rotates the inner dial to set the alarm time, and a clockwise direction will set the date. The time is set at the lower crown. While on the wrist, the watch’s alarm rings subtly but clearly. When place on a hard surface, such as a table, the alarm is amplified when placed on a hard, flat surface, such as a table, so it can be heard clearly from across the room.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Worldtime from 1960
The Memovox’s curved dial is decidedly appealing and gives the watch a vintage look, while its blue hue adds a touch of modernity. The integration of the alarm indicator on a rotating disc (as in all Memovox watches) makes for greater readability. With a limited production of 500 to be sold only in Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique, the new Master Memovox is destined to be coveted by collectors.
Specs as provided by Jaeger-LeCoultre:
￼Automatic mechanical movement – JLC 956￼
28,800 vibrations per hour
45 hour power reserve
7.45 mm in height
Inner dial Blue Sunburst
Outer dial opaline blue
Baton, polished, Super-Luminova
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, alarm