By Roberta Naas /

Introducing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Memovox Timer

Since its inception in 1833, Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre has been driven by a passion for innovation, and has regularly set new standards in the watch industry. Easily one of its most beloved and iconic lines is the Memovox, which is today part of the Master Control collection. Today, the brand unveils two new Memovox watches that will have collectors clamoring: Master Control Memovox and Master Control Memovox Timer.

Master Control Memovox Timer

Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of very few brands that builds alarm watches, and has been doing so since it launched its first Memovox Alarm watch 70 years ago. Only those brands that are already masters at chiming mechanisms could also master the alarm watch back in the post-World War II era days. While repeaters use multiple hammers and gongs and take their time chiming a melodious tune of hours, quarters and minutes, the hammer in an alarm watch must strike the gong very quickly multiple times — a difficult feat. One Jaeger-LeCoultre executes well.

Master Control Memovox Timer

Re-Worked Striking Mechanism for Master Control Memovox Watches

The newest generation of Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox watches are a deft blend of vintage inspiration and contemporary styling. In addition to new functions and updated movements, the watches boast sapphire case backs and sophisticated dials. The addition of a sapphire case back was not a simple thing, because in previous generations of Memovox watches, the gong was attached to the closed case back. In order to allow wearers to view the hammer in action, the engineers at Jaeger-LeCoultre had to rework the entire striking mechanism so the the gong is attached to the case side instead of the back.  Each of the new watches is presented in the new 40mm Master Control case with sloped bezel, curved lugs and both polished- and satin-brushed finishes.