1950 - 2020... Jaeger Lecoultre is celebrating the 70th birthday of its icon, the Memovox.
For that significant birthday, the Manufacture decided to unveil two models, the Master Control Memovox, and the Master Control Memovox Timer.
Let's first start with the MEMOVOX:
The new Master Control Memovox is the heir of three watches, the reference 3150 for the dial ( 1950 ), the reference 3151 for the case ( 1950 ), and the reference E 855 which was the first to use an automatic movement AND a date ( 1959 ).
The 3150 and its typical tubular lugs:
And the E 855, in its first version with the applied 12 instead of the JL Logo.
Here is the new Master Control Memovox:
At first glance, you may think that it is very close to the former version, especially when you look at the dial. Still, like the other Master Control introduced this year, the changes are subtle, Longer and slimmer applied triangular indices, sunburst decoration of the dial and so on...
But there are major changes...
- The new Master Control case, much more elegant with its generous bevelled lugs, which is 40 mm big and 12, 39 mm high.
- The see through case back, which is not plain as it was the case with the former reference! You will then be able to see the hammer in action when the alarm rings.
The consequence of that choice is that the gong is now attached to the case, not, of course, to the case back.
The movement is the same than in the former Memovox, the Cal 956, with a power reserve of 45 hours. I regret that Jaeger Lecoultre didn't decide to upgrade this movement like in the other new Master Control, with the silicon escapement and 70 hours of autonomy, though...
The Cal 956:
THE MEMOVOX TIMER is the second novelty.
It uses the same new case, see through case back and movement than the unlimited Memovox, and shares the same dimensions.
The differences are immediately perceptible:
The two tone dial, first,
Here you have a superb sunburst blue dial, with an engraved and polished numbers alarm ring.
Here you have two ways of being " alarmed " if I may say so. With the inner ring, you can set the alarm through the red JL Logo pointer, for appointments, phone calls, things to do and so on. You can also set the alarm in a more classic way, like you would do with any other Memovox, through the triangular pointer outside the engraved ring.
This Memovox Timer reminds me the Memovox Parking ref 3161, a bit, in the use....
And also the superb E 855 Blue Scale:
It blends modernity and vintage spirit in a bewitching way, I must say... If only it didn't have this date...
But still, the presence of the date is not a deal breaker for me, here.
I can't wait to see them in the real life and to take my own pictures...
To be followed.