Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox alarm watch Swiss

The refreshed Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox (ref. Q1412430) automatic alarm watch will feature an elegant 40 mm rose gold case and will be powered by the JLC calibre 956 that was first presented a year ago and featuring a timbre ringing that replaces the diapason version in JLC calibre 916 that animated former 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 new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox alarm watch will feature caliber 956 automatic movement that was introduced in 2008 and is powering the last year’s Master Compressor Diving Alarm Navy SEALs watch as well as the gorgeous JLC 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.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox alarm watch to be presented at SIHH 2010

As you can see on the picture, the watch features Memovox’s trademark two-part dial. Its rotating inner circle with an applied triangle mark is used to set time of 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 really tiny strips of SuperLuminova substance applied on them.

The alarm function is operated with a second crown located at 1 o’clock so that you won’t have to put 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.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox alarm watch (two-parts dial)

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 quite 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 on a daily basis: it would be really sad to ruin the gorgeous (and also genuine) crocodile leather strap that this watch comes on.

A bit regretfully (yet predictably,) the watch features a solid case back cover that, unlike ones with sapphire crystals, is a lot better at amplifying chimes produced by the tiny gong.

See also: Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Time Attack MF digital / analogue timepiece

Photos: Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox alarm (ref. Q1412430) watch 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 material: Rose gold
Case size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Lugs: 22.00 mm
Dial: Silver, rotating center part
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Brown leather strap with deployment buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: Solid, engraved

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