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4 sporty watches that make perfect gifts for active people

Our pick of timepieces built to keep up with fast-paced lives.

  • Jaeger Lecoultre Polaris Mariner Memovox

    JAEGER-LECOULTRE POLARIS MARINER MEMOVOX

    There are plenty of mechanical diving watches out there, but mechanical dive watches with an alarm – now, that’s a pretty specific niche. One of the best-known models is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Memovox Polaris from 1968, a purpose- built dive watch with the brand’s Memovox alarm that alerted divers when it was time to return to the surface. Building on its heritage in both dive watches and chiming timepieces, the brand has released two new additions to its sporty-elegant Polaris collection.

    There’s the Polaris Mariner Memovox with the signature mechanical alarm and the Polaris Mariner Date. Both are housed in 42mm steel cases and water-resistant to 300m. We are fans of the distinctive aesthetic of the Polaris family. The dials have a mix of sunray, grained and opaline finishes, bold trapezoid-shaped indexes and three large Arabic numerals.

    Taking on its own visual identity, the Mariner variants feature a deep gradient-blue hue and different coloured lume that distinguish the hour hand (blue) and minute hand (orange), which helps to maximise the diver’s safety. The Polaris Mariner Memovox is powered by the self-winding Calibre 956, which is visible through a sapphire caseback so the owner can watch the hammer in action – not while diving, of course.

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