Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Review - Reference #9022450
Get an up-close and personal look at one of the latest additions to the JLC Polaris collection.
As with all Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces, my expectations for the JLC Polaris Chronograph were not only high but they were also quickly met, and quite possibly exceeded. This particular reference number 9022450 is particularly eye-catching with its beautifully finished movement which can be seen through the transparent case back. Please note that some of the photos may still be showing the protective stickers placed on the watch by the manufacturer, I kept them on to protect this gem while showing you the beauty of this JLC chronograph.)
- Contains 37 Jewels
- Beats at 28,800 VpH
- Comprised of 262 parts
- 65-hour Power Reserve
- Rigorous JLC '1000 HOURS CONTROL
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One of the first things you will notice about this watch is the immaculate finishing on the solid 18kt rose gold case and this perfect finishing extends from the case to the caliber. The grey dial is also finished using 3 different types of finishing which are a sunray finish in the middle of the dial, a grey fine-grained finish is used as a background for the numerals and indexes which really brings out the numerals. lastly, an opaline finishing is used for the flange of the dial and chronograph subdials.
Applied rose gold-tone hour markers and has Arabic numerals for the 12 and 6 markers. The numerals and hour markers are filled with a luminescent material making it very easy to read in low light conditions while not looking overdone. The column-wheel chronograph can be used using the polished 18kt rose gold pushers on the side of the case. There is a subdial for a 30-min counter at the 3 o'clock position and a 12-hour sub-register at the 9 o'clock position.
The case is made of solid gold and stands at 42mm wide with an 11.2mm case thickness. This can easily fit under just about any cuff. The watch has a nice weight to it and comes on a lovely brown alligator leather strap which is fastened by an 18kt rose gold deployant buckle branded with a raised Jaeger LeCoultre logo.
Everything about this watch gets a jaw-dropping reaction but what I find most fascinating is the caliber which has a rotor that is blinding with some unbelievable finishing. This is something you should expect from JLC one of the world's most authoritative and respected Swiss watchmakers but is still awe-inspiring to see in person.