The new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date houses a special, green dial and the latest-generation automatic Calibre 899AB

The Jaeger-LeCoultre boasts a worry-free 70 hours of power reserve, as well as a 200m water resistance rating for the nautically inclined

The Polaris Date as a special, green-dialled edition

In terms of sporty-chic watches—that is, robust timepieces that can stand up to everyday activities while being elegant enough to be worn to boardrooms and formal dinnersJaeger-LeCoultre has long had a distinctive, unique approach. This is thanks to the Polaris, which began in 1968 as the alarm-equipped, diving capable Polaris Memovox. Back then, its 300m water resistance was no mean feat, and its 42mm diameter, uncommonly large and bold.

The modern Polaris Date was launched in 2018, and maintains the original’s aesthetics but dropping the alarm function, which is far more of a novelty than practicality in today’s context. As such, the diver’s internal rotating bezel remains, as does the 42mm diameter steel case and practical, highly legible markers and numerals. New for 2022 is a double-gradient deep green dial, with a mix of opaline, grained, and sunray textures that demarcate the different dial segments. This grants it exceptional depth and character when it comes to the play of light; this is enhanced by the gradient which ranges from light olive to dark, lush rainforest, and the layer of translucent lacquer that tops it. The lumed markers are vanilla-tinted, suggesting its retro inspirations, while the glass-box sapphire crystal is a throwback to the style of mid-century watches.

It houses the latest automatic Calibre 899AB, which boasts 70 hours of power reserve and a 200m water resistance rating

It houses the latest-generation automatic Calibre 899AB, which boasts of a worry-free 70 hours of power reserve, as well as a 200m water resistance rating for the nautically inclined. The green rubber strap that it is outfitted with pushes it into casual territory, but thanks to the quick-change system, it can be dressed up in moments from a wide range of bracelet and strap options.

The Polaris Date is a Boutique Edition and will be available exclusively on the Jaeger-LeCoultre website for a month.


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