In recent years it has become quite a thing for brands to launch a limited edition for a particular geographical region. In many ways, this is a smart strategy. It allows the brand to cater to local tastes, offer its clients and dealers there something exceptional and limited and therefore enable it to strengthen the brands present. Both Jaeger-LeCoultre and Greubel Forsey have aimed at North America, each with a limited edition in which the color blue plays an important role.
The Polaris collection received a very warm welcome when Jaeger-LeCoultre launched it last year. It is therefore not even that surprising that the brand is now expanding this line with the Polaris Date, which will come in a limited edition of 800 pieces for the US and Canada. When seeing this watch, your eye will be drawn immediately to its gorgeous dial. It shows a stunning blue gradient which becomes even more prominent thanks to the finish of the dial with its grained texture and sunray finish. A blue rubber strap with Clous de Paris texture complements the dial and was also made especially for this watch.
The Polaris is also a bonafide sports watch, and not just a retro recreation. It is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters and there is nothing to hold it back as a functional diving watch. With its 42mm diameter, there is plenty of room for the large numerals and hour markers, which are just like the bold hands coated with Super-LumiNova. The watch is powered by automatic caliber 899A/1, which has to pass 1.000 hours of testing before it is allowed to leave the manufacture of Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Greubel Forsey is even more specific as their new Double Tourbillon 30° Technique in blue ceramic is only available in the United States, at dealers like Westime. It is the very first time that Greubel Forsey is using ceramic for this model, and it is interesting to note that it features visible screws in the bezel, just as the sapphire edition that the brand launched previously. Technically the watch is similar to its siblings, with its signature Double Tourbillon 30° mechanism which performs at such precision that the watch has won first prize at the prestigious Concours International de Chronométrie.
With some blue color accents does Greubel Forsey make a visual connection between the movement, case, and strap. It is interesting to see that they are each slightly different in hue, making them neither blend in or fully stand out among each other. On the dial side did Greubel Forsey used sapphire for many different parts, including the tourbillon and barrel bridge. This allows you to get an unobstructed view of what makes this watch so special. Despite being complicated and precious, does the blue ceramic case make this Double Tourbillon 30° Technique almost a sports watch. The rubber strap further enhances this feeling, which is unfortunately only reserved for clients in the United States, or of course those willing to travel to there to pick up their Double Tourbillon 30° Technique in blue ceramic.