If you like elegant watches, you’re absolute to be drawn to the outer look of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Memovox, that debuted in Jan 2010. Its immaculately created, rose-gold case harmonizes with a silver-colored dial and a dark brown alligator-skin strap, that is secured to the wrist by a flat, double-folding clasp that accentuates the sleek artistic style of the whole ensemble. The dial’s outstanding craft is clear in its brushed surface, paper-thin printed writing and faceted hour indices. the first contributors to the case’s spectacular look are a stepped bezel, that four screws hold in situ from below, a wonderfully polished middle piece with faceted lugs and an in an elaborate way graven back. we couldn’t facilitate noticing that the engravings on the caseback, that surround the raised-relief brand, are positioned on an irregular basis so tierce of its fringe remains clean.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Memovox
It’s very what’s within the Master Memovox that produces it special. below the huge caseback ticks one of the more than 1,000 mechanical calibers that Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed within the course of its 177-year history — and one in every of concerning forty that ar still in use. Automatic Caliber 956 was introduced in 2008 to power the Memovox polaris alarm wrist watch for divers. Its ancestry may be traced to hand-wound Caliber 489, developed in 1949. This movement was used within the primary Memovox, that was given at the basel watch fair in 1951. That watch’s special feature was its alarm, that rang considerably louder once it was lying flat on a hard surface, similar to the wood top of a side table, than once it absolutely was on the wearer’s wrist. This meant the watch may well be used as a good substitute for a tabletop timepiece.
The Memovox’s Alarm
If the Master Memovox of 2010 is left lying flat against a hard surface within the evening, it’ll ring loudly enough following morning to rouse even the deepest sleeper. The alarm tone is perceptibly quieter if it rings once the watch is on the wrist. this means that if you would like to use the watch within the office to remind you of an arrangement, you needn’t worry that its chiming can bother your colleagues. Also, you won’t need to hear the metallic rasping and tinny grating characteristic of the many alarm watches. The Master Memovox doesn’t create noise: it generates melodic sounds. Its tone is like the ringing of an old style telephone, however rather than sounding in intervals, it rings continuously for eighteen seconds concerning an equivalent length of time because the alarms in different well-known alarm watches. The deviation between the particular alarm time and the set alarm time also remains among the standard limit of 1 to 2 minutes.
Its a Proffesional timing Machine
The degree of embellishment is enough for a strong caliber designed for potency, but we were somewhat frustrated by the irregular rate results of this movement compared to those of different Jaeger-LeCoultre watches we’ve tested in the past. Our Witschi timing machine determined that the best deviation between 2 positions could be a mediocre eight seconds, and a few of the individual values strayed into the minus column: the tested model lost an average of two.3 seconds per day. This value was confirmed in our wrist test. As for wearing comfort, though the watch’s huge, gold case contributes to its hefty weight of a hundred and forty grams, it fits snugly round the wrist. you’ll encounter minor issues once putting it on and taking it off as a result of the gold, double-folding clasp contains a few sharp edges and doesn’t have push-pieces to open it. However, the lack of the push-pieces contributes to the clasp’s slim, elegant look.
The Memovox Clasp
The various elements of the clasp are polished from solid gold and are, expectedly, quite durable, though they are a bit thicker at the joints so the pins could have had a bigger diameter. The pins snapped in a simulated check underneath the weight of a heavy book that was placed on top of the opened clasp. Of course, if the owner of this luxury watch treats it kindly, he shouldn’t encounter any issues.
Nonetheless, a pronged buckle would are a far better choice for this alarm watch. After all, it should be placed flat on a side table within the evening so it can ring at full volume following morning. It rings way more quietly if it’s lying on its side, as is usual for a timekeeper with a folding clasp. Not many may be expected to go to the trouble, before drifting off to sleep, of removing the clasp’s stirrup and pulling out the leather strap. however the relative deserves of folding clasps and pronged buckles, the Master Memovox could be a luxury watch that should create its owner happy due to beautiful style, smart workmanship and wonderful user-friendliness. And if the gold version is just too costly, there’s also a steel model that is cheaper .