The Replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox was designed to keep time on the wrist and work as an alarm clock on the nightstand. If you love elegant watches, you’re sure to be drawn to the outer appearance of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Memovox debuted in January 2010. It came in immaculately made, rose-gold case harmonizes with a silver-colored dial. The dial’s outstanding craftsmanship is evident in its brushed surface, paper-thin printed lettering and faceted hour indices.
The timepiece is styled with a dark brown alligator-skin strap, which is secured to the wrist by a flat, double-folding clasp that accentuates the sleek classicism of the entire ensemble. The primary contributors to the case’s impressive appearance are a stepped bezel, which four screws hold in place from below, a perfectly polished middle piece with faceted lugs and an elaborately engraved back. We couldn’t help noticing that the engravings on the caseback surrounding the raised-relief logo, are positioned irregularly so that one-third of its periphery remains clean.
Under the massive caseback ticks one of the more than 1,000 mechanical calibers that Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed in the course of its 177-year history — and one of about 40 that are still in use. It is matched with the automatic Caliber 956 introduced two years ago to power the Memovox Polaris alarm wristwatch for divers.This movement was used inside the first Memovox, which was presented at the Basel watch fair in 1951. Its ancestry can be traced to hand-wound Caliber 489, developed in 1949. That watch’s special feature was its alarm, which rang significantly louder when it was lying flat on a hard surface. This meant the watch could be used as an effective substitute for a tabletop alarm clock. With the refining this useful attribute, over the years, the watch has also evolved, with the present model being the most recent.If the Master Memovox of 2010 is left lying flat against a hard surface in the evening, it will ring loudly enough the next morning to rouse even the deepest sleeper. The alarm tone is noticeably quieter if it rings when the watch is on the wrist. This means that if you want to use the watch in the office to remind you of an appointment, you needn’t worry that its chiming will bother your colleagues. Its tone is similar to the ringing of an old-fashioned telephone, but instead of sounding in intervals, it rings continuously for 18 seconds — about the same length of time as the alarms in other well-known alarm watches.The deviation between the actual alarm time and the set alarm time also remains within the standard limit of one to two minutes.
The alarm-time scale, which surrounds a rotatable disk in the center of the dial, does not intrude upon the dial’s harmonious appearance. On its periphery is a luminous arrowhead that can be positioned to point to the desired stroke along the alarm-time scale. The current time is always clearly discernible, and the date display, inside a window in the wreath of hour indices around the periphery of the dial, is also perfectly legible.
The quick-adjustment mechanism for the date display clicks very exactly into place. The main crown at 4 o’clock is used to manually wind the main movement and to set the hour and minute hands.This user-friendly feature makes up for the slow-moving date disk, which remains slanted inside its window for two hours each night.