Kim Woo Bin presents the essence of the new Polaris Perpetual Calendar in two captivating short videos.
Immersed in the settings of a lake and the celestial sky respectively, Korean actor and Friend of the Maison, Kim Woo-bin narrates the relationship between time and these two natural environments in a pair of videos presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Aptly titled “In Perpetual Motion”, they mark the launch of the new Polaris Perpetual Calendar that Kim adorns on his wrist.
When we immerse ourselves in nature and really notice its rhythms, we understand time in a different way. And this understanding adds so much meaning to every watch that we wear – but especially the Polaris Perpetual Calendar, as it translates the rhythms of the celestial bodies into days, months and years.
The spotlight on these celestial bodies evokes a sense of passing time, bringing to mind how the art of telling time is governed by the rhythms of the cosmos and the regular cycles of astronomical phenomena. Drawing a subtle link to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Stellar Odyssey, this homage to the astronomical phenomena at the origins of time-telling also harks back to the earliest days of the Manufacture, when astronomical functions ranging from simple forms of moon phase display to highlycomplex perpetual calendars, equation of time, sky charts, and the draconic and anomalistic lunar cycles played a major role inJaeger-LeCoultre’s portfolio of complicated timepieces.
This is the first time Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces a perpetual calendar to the contemporary Polaris line which was designed for everyday adventures since its inception in 2018. The Polaris Perpetual Calendar redefines the modern sport-elegant watch. Thanks to the self-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 868AA, the classical Northern Hemisphere moon-phase display is complemented by a retrograde display of moon phases in the Southern Hemisphere. The watch has a power reserve of 70 hours, and the perpetual calendar ensures the date is always correct, automatically adjusting for the different duration of months and even for leap years. It needs no manual correction until 2100, and, after that, not for another 400 years.
Aesthetically aligned with the Polaris Mariner Memovox and its assertive hour indexes, skeletonised hands and slightly recessed subdials for the calendar displays, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Perpetual Calendar is as striking in its looks as it is in its capabilities. The perpetual calendar indications and moon phases are displayed on dials of deep gradient-blue lacquer, with an emphasis on balance and legibility.
Offered in steel or pink gold, the 42mm cases feature a new ‘rapid-change’ system for the interchangeable straps for versatility. Other than the two straps offered with each watch – rubber and alligator with the pink gold model; rubber and a steel bracelet with the steel model – a range of calf leather straps allows for styling to suit different occasions.
With life in this modern world moving so fast, it becomes all the more important to anchor ourselves in time,” he explains. “The Polaris Perpetual Calendar not only provides all of the information I need, but it can also adapt to any situation or environment with elegance.
Images courtesy of Jaeger-LeCoultre, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.