Moreover, the Grande Maison in the Vallee de Joux has created another model, encouraged by the signature timepiece: the Master Memovox International. Initially issued to mark the brand’s 125th birthday in 1958, this watch is also called the Memovox Worldtimer. The timepiece is equipped with an alarm disc, which reveals different towns and regions.
Both new Jaeger-LeCoultre watches are available in 18-carat pink gold or steel, with the Master Memovox International launched as a limited series. Both timepieces are animated by the brand’s proprietary Calibre 956, which happens to be the direct successor of the first automatic alarm watch movement, unveiled in 1956. Experiencing a perpetual evolution, the movement has never ceased to embody such values as precision, sturdiness and reliability.
The first Memovox watch was born in the early 1950s, when people were eagerly building a new society, trying to put behind the tragedy of World War II. At the same time, the world’s specialists promoted the idea of conquering the space. Therefore, time became extremely precious and there appeared a necessity of controlling it in every sphere of human activity.
Keeping pace with modern needs, Jaeger-LeCoultre manufactured its Calibre 815, the first self-winding movement with alarm function, which was destined to attain a legendary status. This exclusive movement is still in production more than 50 years after its release. The 2010 Master Memovox watches are powered by a mechanical automatic movement - Calibre 956, a hand-crafted, assembled and decorated movement, a worthy descendant of the Calibre 815.
Announced in 2008, the Calibre 956 is endowed with a large free-sprung balance and a winding rotor on ceramic ball bearings that does not require any lubrication or maintenance. Its gear wheels boast a new kind of tooth profile, which assures smoother transmission. The balance frequency of the movement is 28,800 vibrations per hour. The movement is outfitted with a rapid date-change mechanism and provides a 45-hour power reserve.
Accommodating the brand’s high-end mechanical movement, the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox watches demonstrate the style that is a true incarnation of the supreme elegance.
Each of new Jaeger-LeCoultre watches is available with a 40 mm case, sculptured in 18-carat pink gold or steel. The case, demonstrating elegant lugs, is provided with a durable case-back, marked with the new Master Control logo and ensuring water resistance at a pressure of five atmospheres.
Distinguished by flowing lines, the case embraces an ultra-pure silvered dial for the Memovox watch and a black dial for the Memovox International. The dial of both watches is completed with hour-markers and numerals 6, 9 and 12. The numeral 3 is substituted by the date aperture. The time is indicated by elegant rhodium-plated or gold-plated hands.
The alarm disc of the Master Memovox watch carries the arrow that shows the alarm time, while the disc of the Master Memovox International demonstrates the representative cities and regions, the same way as the International model that marked the 125th anniversary of the brand.
The novel Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox watches are presented on an alligator leather strap, finished with a folding clasp.
As Watches.InfoNIAC.com found out, the Master Memovox International watch has been restricted to just 250 pieces for the pink gold version and 750 pieces for the steel version.
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