Alerts, signals, bings, vibrations and humming sounds are the most despicable aspect of 21st-century innovative devices. Regardless of whether it’s a wake-up tone, an incoming email, a Whatsapp message or a suggestion to walk more advances, we are barraged by acoustic signs day in and day out. For those of you pining for the more straightforward days when a spade was known as a spade, and you didn’t have 1,500 contacts in your telephone, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Memovox will evoke an emotional response. In reality, a sledge to be exact. Dispatched in 1950, the Memovox is a mechanical alert wristwatch that actually charms watch darlings today. In June 2020, Jaeger-LeCoultre revealed two Master Control Memovox models: a restricted version Memovox Timer and the Memovox time & date model. Albeit the wistfulness for the main 1950s Memovox models has been regarded, the stylish overhauls executed on the Master Control case give the watch a more contemporary air. The development has likewise profited by a comprehensive correction, and the fuse of a sapphire caseback implies that you can consider the to be in real life as it hits the gong. We should investigate the time & date model and the untiring allure of its old fashioned alarm.
With its merged involvement with creating tolling types since 1870, it wouldn’t have been long until Jaeger-LeCoultre found a method of scaling down its repeater components to fit inside a wristwatch. In any case, complicated moment repeater systems are not viable for regular mileage. Somewhat like the logical Reverso with its turning caseback to shield the dial from blows during a polo coordinate, Jaeger-LeCoultre changed the tolling component to give it a viable ordinary capacity and inundate it into standard working life. Known as the Memovox, JLC’s 1950 alert wristwatch actuated an acoustic sign at a characterized time and could be utilized as a reminder or a reminder.
Extremely well known with finance managers progressing, in 1956 the Memovox was fitted with JLC’s programmed type 815 and turned into the principal programmed caution watch ever. Somewhere in the range of 1959 and 1969 the Memovox was fitted with type 825 with a date module. Understanding that alert capacities were not just helpful on dry land, the Memovox ventured out in the waterproof instance of the Memovox Deep Sea in 1959 and in 1968 on board the notable Memovox Polaris with its pivoting inward bezel to gauge slipped by plunge times and a super-compressor case to enhance the caution sound.
streamlined case and dial
In line with the stylish overhauls directed on the Master Control line in 2020, the 40mm hardened steel case includes a more slender, slanting bezel. This tendency not just gives a more liberal perspective on the dial, however it outwardly constricts the 12.39mm thickness of the case. Albeit the watch is obviously aromatic of the 1950s, the watch’s extents are contemporary without being overpowering and compact enough for most wrists (Brice’s 16.5cm wrist shows up in the photographs). For instance, the carries have a more articulated bend permitting the watch to sit nearer on the wrist.
The differentiating cleaned and brushed surfaces of the case underline the shaper, more tight look of the 2020 overhaul. The two mark crowns of the 1950 Memovox – at 2 o’clock to set the caution and at 4 o’clock to change the time – are reliably reproduced on the correct side of the case.
The simple, cleaned up dial is silver with a sunray-brushed completion. Faultlessly controlled, the components on the dial send the 1950s vibe consummately. The hero of the Memovox is the caution work which is initiated by the three-sided marker inside the focal plate on the dial. The external track permits you to set the hour to the closest 15-minute span by moving the three-sided hand with the crown at 2 o’clock.
The prolonged three-sided lists with their sharp features are applied to the dial alongside the Arabic numerals at 12, 9 and 6 o’clock. Every hour list is featured with a roundabout dab of lume crossing the minutes track. Like the programmed Memovox model delivered somewhere in the range of 1959 and 1969 with a date module, the date is housed in an outlined rectangular gap at 3 o’clock with dark numerals and white foundation. The vintage Dauphine-style hour and moment hands are additionally treated with a slender line of lume, and an unobtrusive scramble of shading is given by the blue focal seconds hand.
The programmed type 956AA controlling the development has been comprehensively re-designed for the Master Control Memovox and is 15% slimmer than previously. The past Memovox models had the gong joined to the shut caseback; the new Master Control case has a straightforward sapphire caseback and another strike-works framework. You can see the mallet in real life (generally at 2 o’clock development side) as it strikes the fringe gong got into the side of the case. Indeed, even the pink gold rotor is openworked to uncover however much of the activity as could be expected. The rotor is finely adorned with Côtes de Genève to coordinate the completions on the development plates, and the screws are blued. The 271-section development beats at a 4Hz (28,800vph) recurrence and can hide away to 45 hours of energy.
The Memovox is an exemplary in the uncommon universe of alert watches and a model that never stops to please and flabbergast. Honestly, silver dials make a watch look bigger than a dull dial, however nothing catches the 1950s state of mind better compared to a silver dial. Like other Master Control models, the silver Dauphine-style hands against a silver foundation can now and then hamper neatness, however the small dashes of lume help. With its 50m water-opposition and easygoing Novonappa calfskin lash, it is clear this model is intended for regular delight. Nonetheless, the reverberating accomplishment of the Memovox is the old fashioned appeal of the caution. A charming sound that may return you to your adolescence, or at any rate incite sentimentality for bygone times when nothing ran on lithium batteries.
Availability and price
The Master Control Memovox isn’t restricted underway. Its cost is EUR 12,000 and is accessible at true retailers and JLC’s online boutique.
More data and online orders at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s site .