The Master Memovox, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic alarm watch, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its automatic movement this year. To mark the occasion, the Grand Maison has created an exclusive boutique edition. Available from Jaeger LeCoultre boutiques, the Master Memovox Boutique Edition, is a contemporary interpretation of an enduring 1970s design.
The Memovox line has been a continuous element in the Manufacture’s history since 1950s, and has a story that resonates with both aficionados and collectors of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches.
Featuring a double crown and a mobile disc with desires alarm time shown by a triangular indicator, the Memovox watch made its mark on Fine Watchmaking the minute it was released. Its legendary movement, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 815, was the first automatic movement to boast an alarm function designed by the Grand Maison and has inspired many others since its introduction in 1956.The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre that powers the Master Memovox Boutique Edition is direct descendant of the original.
There are two crowns on this watch. The bottom crown is used for winding as well as setting the time. Setting the alarm function is simple: shift the top crown into neutral position. Then, in position 2, turn this crown in anti-clockwise direction until the desired ring time. In doing so, the mobile disc with its little retro-style and famous Memovox indicator triangle turns around the dial to the alarm time. Turing the crown clockwise allows the wearer to set the date, displayed in an aperture at 3’o clock.
To create this special edition Jaeger-LeCoultre’s designers sought inspiration in a watch dating back to the 1970s, the Memovox Snowdrop. This rare model with its tranquil greyish-blue dial has lost none of its allure. Blue is quite emblematic of the Memovox collection and has always been a very popular colour for this watch throughout its history.
The dial has kept all the characteristics of the Memovox Snowdrop. Baton hands with luminescent coating move around a white rail track minute circle, which delineates the outer rim of the sunray finish blue inner disc. Here is ensconced the little triangle that acts as a hallmark of the alarm function, and glows in the dark. Moving across an opaline blue surface, the triple faceted hour-markers are also coated in luminescent material and overlaid by a grey blue rail track minute circle – just like the original watch. As a crowning touch, the twelfth hour-marker is replaced with Jaeger-LeCoultre logo. This watch constitutes a fine homage to its ancestor, giving a modern retro-style look and feel.
The timepiece comes dressed in a contemporary styled stainless steel case with brushed finishing. On the case-back you can find the engravings of limited edition numbers and the ‘1000 Hours Control’ symbol. The material selected for the strap is deep blue braided cotton known as Trieste, with a contemporary light blue stitching.
Model: Master Memovox Boutique Edition
Automatic mechanical movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956, produced, assembled and decorated by hand
28,800 vibrations per hour
45 hour power reserve
7.45 mm in height
Inner dial blue sun burst
Outer dial Opaline blue
Hands: Baton, polished, Super-Luminova
Hours, minutes, second
Stainless steel, polished finish
40mm in diameter
Solid case-back with the Master Control logo and the legend ‘Limited to 500 piese’ engraves
Water resistance: 5 bar
Calfskin in Trieste black, blur top-stitching
Limited edition of 500 pieces
Exclusive to Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques