Because the 1950s, collectors happen to be acutely following a Memovox saga that has progressively won over artists, businessmen, sports enthusiast and style enthusiasts. Reflecting both technical prowess and unostentatious success, this unifying indication of mechanical elegance also offered as ambassador from the twelfth art (the skill of time measurement) inside the seventh Art, once the government bodies of Canton Vaud gifted its hands-wound version with alarm to Charlie Chaplin in 1953. Getting switched automatic in 1956, this masterful alarm has since ongoing to experience a lead role and continued to be in the forefront around the watchmaking stage. Its repertoire continues to be progressively broadened with successive performances, becoming the very first diver’s replica watch with alarm, worldtime, perpetual calendar and vintage alarm functions, together with various commemorative roles much searched for-after by limited-series hunters.
A compendium of technical efficiency exuding an ageless presence, the actual Memovox Boutique Edition goes straight to the stage, legibly displaying the date regularly taken over by three baton-type hands having a pure design, along with the alarm time subtly pointed to through the triangular (seen at 6 o’clock). The sunburst sea blue dial center is encircled with a white-colored minute track that provides an amazing perspective around the outer dial interspersed with hour-markers and as a result rimmed with a blue gray ring bearing the seconds scale and reflected around the inner bezel. The polished steel case extends this principle of simplicity teamed with performance: top of the crown easily adjusts the alarm and date, as the lower one governs the crown in addition to winding. Bearing the rigorous “Master Control” label involving 1000 hrs of testing, the self-winding Manufacture movement powering it’s a worthy heir to Caliber JLC 815, the very first self-winding movement in the Grande Maison in Le Sentier to become outfitted using the alarm function. Its hands-formed gong – an inimitable and inestimably precious asset among the present digital environmental noise–reminds us of the good thing about fine craftsmanship and also the resonant voice of playful horology.