The refreshed Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox (ref. Q1412430) will feature an elegant 40 mm rose gold case and will be powered by the JLC caliber 956 “alarm” movement that was first presented a year ago and features a timbre ringing that replaces the diapason version in JLC caliber 916 that animated older Memovox models.
Officially on sale since 1951, the original JLC Memovox was the first automatic timepiece sporting an alarm complication. At the upcoming SIHH 2010 industry event, Jaeger-LeCoultre plans to introduce yet another version of the line that will be powered by a new caliber.
According to the Swiss brand, the Master Memovox will feature caliber 956 automatic movement that was introduced in 2008 and is powering the last year’s Master Compressor Diving Alarm Navy SEALs as well as the gorgeous Memovox Polaris.
Sporting an instant-jump date-changing system and a gong at the back of the case, the automatic movement features a power reserve of 45 hours. It is built of 268 parts and 23 jewels and is 7.45 mm thick.
The Memovox features the collection’s trademark two-part dial. Its rotating inner circle with an applied triangle mark is used to set time of the alarm. The static outer part features a date display window at 3 o’clock and JLC’s standard layout of “6”, “9” and “12” numerals and eight hour-indices made of solid gold.
Unfortunately, Master Memovox’s night legibility is questionable since its gorgeous hour and minute hands have tiny strips of SuperLuminova substance applied to them.
The alarm function is operated with a second crown located at 1 o’clock so that you won’t have to take the watch off your wrist to set the alarm. Well, at least the triangular alarm indicator has enough lume on it to be easily readable at night.
Besides this model in rose gold, there will also be a version in more practical (and also twice more affordable) stainless steel that will be offered with a reference number Q1418430. Surprisingly enough, the 40 millimeters case is slim at just 14 millimeters top to bottom, but offers a practical water resistance rating of 50 meters (5 ATM,) which is enough for most daily activities including showering although you probably shouldn’t do it daily: it would be sad to ruin the gorgeous (and also genuine) crocodile leather strap that this watch comes on.
A bit regretfully (yet predictably,) the Master Memovox features a solid case back cover that, unlike ones with sapphire crystals, is a lot better at amplifying chimes produced by the tiny gong.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox with Alarm (ref. Q1412430) specification
Price range: $23,000 (MSRP)
Movement: JLC Calibre 956, automatic, 23 jewels, 28,800 BPH, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date
Complications: Alarm module
Power reserve: 45 hours
Case: Rose gold
Case size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Lugs: 22.00 mm
Dial: Silver, with a rotating center part
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Brown leather strap with deployment buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: Solid, engraved