The limited-edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox International may be shipped with a bespoke table stand similar to that that accompanied the first Memovox models. Available in steel (ref. Q1418471) and rose gold, the collection leaves a very good impression.
Now, we all got used to watchmakers offering their new pieces with humidor-styled wooden presentation boxes and accompanying them with scale models of fighter planes, yachts, cars, you name it. But, a table stand? Well, if things will progress in this direction, we will soon see new luxury timepieces sold with free winder safes with electronic locks, integrated alarm systems, and all that stuff.
To our sheep, though.
According to the Swiss company, the stand does not only provide the beautiful watch with a gorgeous pedestal, but it also makes its alarm signal a lot louder: it is known that a great deal of Memovox owners do not hear the alarm when they sleep, making the whole idea of an “automatic alarm” kind of self-defeating.
The table stand must be ordered separately at a hefty price of €1000 significantly adding to the €8250 of the stainless steel variety. Buying it with a €16,100 rose gold version seems to be a better deal.
As to the collection itself, it will be almost identical to the 2009 Master Memovox Alarm but will have its central dial marked with 24 cities of the world ranging from Moscow to Paris to Dhaka to Sydney just to name a few. Frankly speaking, I still can’t grasp the practical purpose of this.
The gorgeous Calibre JLC 956 self-winding movement animates the whole setup. Jaeger-LeCoultre has introduced the caliber back in 2007. Equipped with an alarm module designed in the 1950s, the high-grade mechanism can keep good time and also has a reputation as a reliable device. It is, as you can see, operated with two crowns with the one at 2 o’clock doing all the usual business of setting time and winding the mainspring, while the second one’s whole purpose is operating the alarm module. The second crown is at 4 o’clock.
As far as ergonomics is concerned, I usually have no problem with adjusting to this sort of crown placement, but you will probably have to make at least a brief “test drive” to get an idea of whether you like how they placed the crowns.
For this brief review, I would say that, from the point of view of usability the Memovox International earns no less than four point five stars out of five. What you may happen not to like, is the price although I would say that €8250 for a high-grade mechanical wristwatch with a great alarm module is not that expensive.
Photos: Jaeger-LeCoultre and KronosBlog
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox International specification
Price range: €8250 for stainless steel and €16,100 for a version in rose gold
Movement: Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre JLC 956, in-house, Swiss Made
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date, alarm, second time-zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Case: Stainless steel or rose gold
Size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with deployment clasp
Back: Solid, engraved